New Orleans legend Fats Domino is remembered by those he influenced
Musicians from all genres mourned the death of 1950s rock ’n’ roll singer Fats Domino on Tuesday, as did a U.S. congressman, an NFL coach and others.
The New Orleans-bred piano player, also known as “the Fat Man,” attracted a wide-ranging audience with hits like “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Blueberry Hill,” and in the 1950s sold more records than any rock ’n’ roll singer except Elvis Presley. His music was fun and he was good-natured, lacking the rebellious flair of his contemporaries. Instead, according to a 1985 Los Angeles Times article, the “quiet giant” came across as “a gentle, cuddly performer who just happened to make great records.”