Fats Domino, the amiable New Orleans-bred rock singer who became the walking paradigm of boogie-woogie with his 88-keys, died on Tuesday (October 24) at 89.
Domino died of natural causes, according to an investigator at the Jefferson Parish coroner's office in Louisiana.
Born Antoine Domino Jr., the rock and roll pioneer blessed an entire culture with his piano-based hits — such as"Blueberry Hill," "Ain't That A Shame," and "Blue Monday." His 1949 song "The Fat Man" has long been credited as the first rock 'n roll song ever. If that's not enough, Domino is a member of the first class of Rock Hall inductees, which also included Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley and more. In fact, a quote from Presley to Jet Magazine in 1957 fittingly sums up the gravity of Domino's influence.
"A lot of people seem to think I started this business," Presley told the mag. "But rock 'n' roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let's face it: I can't sing it like Fats Domino can. I know that."
The passing of Domino has spawned a stream of reactions, notable stories, and tributes from fans on social media.
I found My Thrill on " Blueberry Hill"! RIP Fats Domino— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 25, 2017
Rest in paradise to Fats Domino. He paved the way for so many. I remember listening to his music as a little boy. #Fatsdomino— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) October 25, 2017
RIP Fats Domino, one pf the last of the Founding Fathers. “Come on pretty baby, we’re gonna rock, gonna roll, until the early light.”— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 25, 2017