Another sad loss was reported earlier today as we found out that at the age of 89, rock n roll pioneer and one of the most renowned pianists of the 20th century, Fats Domino has passed away. Fats Domino found great success with his unique brand of rhythm and blues throughout the late 1940’s, the 1950’s and even the early 1960’s, and he has been widely regarded as being one of the founding artists in the development of what we now know as rock n roll. With his recognisable sound and collection of hits such as ‘The Fat Man’, ‘I’m Walkin’ and ‘Ain’t That A Shame’ his popularity during his three decade spanning tenure grew and grew. His distinctive look, fun name and incredible talent left him in high regard long after he stopped regular recording alongside Imperial records, and he went on to influence some of the most famous names in music such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles. He’ll forever be connected and synonymous with the music of Louisiana and New Orleans.
With another icon of music sadly gone, and one that helped build and cultivate the landscape on which all artists and musicians continue to create, produce and perform on today, we take a moment to remember the ground breaking music and the wonderful life of Fats Domino. RIP Fats.
Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)