Fats Domino passes away at age 89

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Legendary singer/pianist Antoine “Fats” Domino passed away Tuesday, reportedly of natural causes. Domino was 89 years old.

Domino’s daughter broke the news to friend and anchor Eric Paulsen of WWL-TV in Domino’s hometown of New Orleans.

Born on February 26, 1928, Domino learned music at a young age and began playing bars at night after leaving school at age 14 while working in a bedspring factory during the day. Domino went on to sell 65 million records in his career, with over five million of them coming from his signature hit “Blueberry Hill”.

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Domino had 35 records chart in the Billboard Top 40 and had hits with songs such as “Ain’t That a Shame”, “The Fat Man”, “Whole Lotta Loving”, “I’m Walking”, “Walking To New Orleans”, “Valley of Tears”, “I’m In Love Again”, and “Blue Monday”, among others. Domino was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

“I’m glad that people liked me and my music,” Domino once said, per the BBC. “I guess it was an interesting life. I didn’t pay much attention, and I never thought I’d be here this long.”

Photo: By Klaus Hiltscher [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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