Rock 'n' roll legend Fats Domino dead at 89

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(Domino returned the favor on his 1968 comeback album, "Fats Is Back", by covering the tune.) McCartney never grew out of his Domino fascination: Thirty years later, he did a version of the 1920s tune "Coquette" on his 1999 album "Run Devil Run" that was closely based on Domino's 1958 recording. One of his show-stopping stunts was playing the piano while standing, throwing his body against it with the beat of the music and bumping the grand piano across the stage.

His hits included "Ain't That a Shame" and "Blueberry Hill" and in the 1950s his records were only outsold by those of Elvis Presley, according to Rolling Stone. "See you on top of that blueberry hill in the sky". "You don't get more New Orleans than that".

Domino had eight children, Antonio, Andre, Anatole, Adonica, Andrea, Antoine III, Antoinette, Anola, with late wife Rosemary, who died in 2008.

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Domino would be a huge influence on rockers who came after him - John Lennon told a NY radio station that Ain't That a Shame was the first song he learned to play - but his prominence began to wane after the British invasion and other forms of rock took root in the 1960s. Domino enjoyed a parade of successes through the early 1960s, including "Be My Guest" and "I'm Ready". A self-taught songwriter, singer, and pianist, "The Fat Man", which Domino recorded in 1949 with producer and arranger Dave Bartholomew, is widely considered to be one of the first ever rock "n" roll records.

Talented piano player and vocalist, his style may sound dated to young listeners today, but he was one of the pioneers paving the way for rock "n" roll and modern music as we know it.

"I refused to change", he told Ebony magazine. When the salesman asked if he wanted to call his bank about financing, Domino smiled and said, "I am the bank". "I had to stick to my own style that I've always used or it just wouldn't be me".

In 1988, all of New Orleans seemed to be talking about him after he reportedly paid in cash for two Cadillacs and a $130,000 Rolls-Royce. His Grammy Awards also were replaced and President George W. Bush visited Domino to give him a new National Medal of the Arts.

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