Antoine Domino was born in New Orleans February 26, 1928. Happy #76 to Fats Domino.
Fats doesn’t really get the full credit he deserves. All in all, he rates as one of the top three or four architects of the rock music tradition. He’s definitely the leader of the New Orleans contingent. He personally went a good ways toward putting the roll in rock and roll.
He had more hits than Little Richard and Chuck Berry combined. He was a songwriting, piano playing, singing fool. Surely even silly non-music listening young Britney Spears fans know several of his songs. He’s had something over 100 chart singles.
A quick roll call of a few of his classics:
Walkin’ to New Orleans
Ain’t That a Shame
I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Someday
I Want to Walk You Home
He doesn’t get much attention today, though. There’s no movie about his life, or tribute albums that I know of. Silly ol’ Pat Boone gets more notoriety.
Fats messed up by living right. He was never arrested that I know of. He was straight and clean living. I’ve never heard of any hint of scandal about him. He didn’t marry a cousin. He wasn’t even gay. What kind of rock star is that?
He’s just had to settle for being one of the most accomplished and biggest selling singers and songwriters of the rock tradition. Oh, well.Powered by Sidelines