Antoine “Fats” Domino, known for iconic rock ‘n’ roll standards such as “Ain’t That a Shame,” has passed away. He was 89 years old.
CNN reports the legendary pianist died due to natural causes, according to Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish Medical Examiner’s office in Louisiana.
Along with fellow rock ‘n’ roll pioneers Chuck Berry and Ike Turner, Domino helped craft the sound of one of the world’s most influential genres. His 1949 song “The Fat Man” is largely considered one of the first rock ‘n’ roll records, according to Rolling Stone.
“They call me the Fat Man, because I weigh 200 pounds,” he sang. “All the girls, they love me, ’cause I know my way around.”
He followed the popular track with more than 30 Top 40 hits, including 23 gold singles. In fact, he sold more records than any 1950s figure with the exception of Elvis Presley. His version of “Blueberry Hill,” a song written in 1940, reached the No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts and remains Domino’s highest-charting record.
Domino’s influence is also indisputable, with Paul McCartney admittedly penning the Beatles song “Lady Madonna” in emulation of his signature style, according to the music publication.
The icon was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
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