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Legendary Pianist Fats Domino Dies at 89

HeadlineOct 26, 2017
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And rock 'n' roll star Fats Domino has died at the age of 89. The Creole French musician was born in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in 1928. He taught himself piano and became part of a group of black musicians in New Orleans who pioneered the rhythm and blues style that became the foundation of rock 'n' roll. Throughout the 1950s and '60s, Fats Domino sold 65 million singles, making him one of the most popular artists in the world. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award the following year. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Fats Domino refused to leave his beloved hometown. He was rescued from the floodwaters by family members. This is Fats Domino, performing one of his most famous hits, “Ain't That a Shame.”

Fats Domino: “You made me cry when you said goodbye / Ain’t that a shame / My tears fell like rain / Ain’t that a shame.”

Fats Domino died on Tuesday at his home in Harvey, Louisiana—just across the Mississippi River from New Orleans—at the age of 89.

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