Monday, May 27, 2024

Legendary, Amazing Fats Domino, Credited as an Inventor of Rock and Roll, Dies at Age 89


Fats Domino has died in New Orleans at age 89.

Along with a handful of musicians– Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley– he invented rock and roll. His piano work was the 9th Wonder of the World. His hit songs have been copied, sampled, influenced everything in rock and roll from the Beatles to Elton John, Billy Joel, even today’s kids like Charlie Puth and countless musicians in every generation.

“Ain’t that a Shame,” “Blueberry Hill,” “I’m Walkin,” “Walking to New Orleans,” Kansas City,” “My Blue Heaven”– they’re the basis of all the music we grew up with. There should be a national day of mourning.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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