Statement from the children of Antoine “Fats” Domino, Jr.
Dated: October 25, 2017
“We are all touched by the outpouring of love and tribute for our father. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by those he loved and those who loved him. His music reached across all boundaries and carried him to all corners of the world.
…Then I rock myself to sleep
Prayin’ that I am here to keep
Then I ride the rising sun
Gee ain’t I being a lucky one
“Rising Sun”(Domino) ©1960 EMI Unart Catalog, Inc.
We thank you for allowing us to grieve privately during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements are pending.”
Antoine Dominique Domino Jr. (b. February 26, 1928 – d. October 24, 2017) known as Fats Domino (The Fat Man) could easily be considered one of the inventors of rock n’ roll, along with King Elvis,Chuck Berry, and a -very- few others… His star mostly shined in the 50’s & 60’s, when the audience was still immature of the r’n’r sound. Imperial (Records) helped Domino along with producer Dave Bartholomew to record and release ‘The Fat Man‘ (1949) one of the first rock n’ roll gems:
In the mid 50’s, with ‘Ain’t That A Shame‘ the legend flirted with mainstream pop, managing to reach the Top-10. Certainly, one of the most recognizable songs by him, covered also by Pat Boone.
Domino’s contribution to music was acknowledged in 1986, when he was one of the first ever musicians to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Rock n’ Roll and R & B have lost one of their stars. An artist who hopefully will find his ‘Blueberry Hill‘ in paradise… Words are too poor…