Passage: Fats Domino

It happened this past week … a unhappy farewell to the man Elvis Presley called “The REAL King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Fats Domino died Tuesday at his home nearby New Orleans at age 89.

A mostly educated piano player — “as far-reaching as he was tall,” he once joked — Domino’s entrance record in 1949 was called “The Fat Man”:

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More hits followed, including 1955’s “Ain’t IT a Shame,” with lyrics ever-so-slightly altered:

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Not only was Domino assisting to figure stone ‘n’ roll, he was also breaking down cocktail music’s tone barrier.

His 1956 chronicle of “Blueberry Hill” was his biggest hit, after comparison by the Library of Congress for its National Recording Registry.

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All told, Fats Domino had 37 Top 40 singles, and sole some 65 million records.

One of the initial inductees into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame, he won a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 1987.

Fans feared for his reserve during Hurricane Katrina, when he was quickly unaccounted for.  “I’m just contemptible it happened to me, and everybody else, you know?” he said.

He bounced back with a new album, called “Alive and Kickin'” … it incited out to be his last.

Ain’t THAT a shame.

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