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Also Known As: Antoine Domino, Thomas "Fats" Domino, Antoine "Fats" Domino Died:
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One of the biggest stars of the first wave of American rock and roll in the early 1950s, Antoine "Fats" Domino was a New Orleans-based singer and pianist who brought his city's loose, funky vibe to international audiences through such smash hits as "Ain't That a Shame," "Blueberry Hill" and "Walkin' to New Orleans." A professional performer since his teens, Domino began his recording career in 1949, but did not have a hit on the pop charts until 1955 with "Shame." Thirty-five Top 40 hits followed in its wake, establishing Domino as one of New Orleans' greatest musical ambassadors and one of rock's most successful pioneers. Though his music faded from the charts by the mid-1960s, he remained a popular figure on the touring circuit. The ebullience and joy of his best recordings also never lost their luster, which assured him immortality as long as new listeners wanted to hear great American music.

One of the biggest stars of the first wave of American rock and roll in the early 1950s, Antoine "Fats" Domino was a New Orleans-based singer and pianist who brought his city's loose, funky vibe to international audiences through such smash hits as "Ain't That a Shame," "Blueberry Hill" and "Walkin' to New Orleans." A professional performer since his teens, Domino began his recording career in 1949, but did not have a hit on the pop charts until 1955 with "Shame." Thirty-five Top 40 hits followed in its wake, establishing Domino as one of New Orleans' greatest musical ambassadors and one of rock's most successful pioneers. Though his music faded from the charts by the mid-1960s, he remained a popular figure on the touring circuit. The ebullience and joy of his best recordings also never lost their luster, which assured him immortality as long as new listeners wanted to hear great American music.

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 The Big Beat (1958)
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 Jamboree! (1957)
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 Shake, Rattle & Rock! (1956) Himself
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Domino was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1929. He first attracted national attention with "The Fat Man" in 1949 on Imperial Records. Domino then released a series of hit songs with producer and co-writer Dave Bartholomew. Domino finally crossed into the pop mainstream with "Ain't That a Shame" (1955), Domino would eventually release 39 Top 40 singles, "Whole Lotta Loving" and "Blue Monday" among them. His 1956 version of the 1940 hit, "Blueberry Hill" reached #2 in the Top 40, was #1 on the R&B charts for 11 weeks, and was his biggest hit selling more than 8 million copies worldwide in 1956-57. Domino continued to have a steady series of hits for Imperial through early 1962, including "Walkin' to New Orleans" (1960) but by the end of 1964, the British Invasion had changed the tastes of the record-buying public, and Domino's chart run was over. Domino was one of the first artists to enter The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1984.

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