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Godfather of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Fats Domino, Dies at 89


Antoine “Fats” Domino, The Godfather of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the master of early rock piano died of natural causes in his beloved hometown of New Orleans on October 24, 2017 at 89 years of age. His early influential piano hits like “Blueberry Hill”, “Ain’t That A Shame” and “My Girl Josephine” made way for fellow icons like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Elton John and even our beloved Prince.

What could be the most important part of his legacy is the fact that he had an impressive thirty-seven Top 40 hits at a time when our country was divided by segregation. Fats was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 25 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. He will be missed but his art will last forever.

Written by Richard Dollarhide

Photographer, Photojournalist, Executive Chef and Full Time Artist


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