Legendary 'Ain't That a Shame' singer Fats Domino has died at 89

Fats Domino

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Fats Domino, one of the most influential rock and roll stars of the 1950s, has died aged 89.

Fats is known as a pianist and singer-songwriter, with some of his most recognisable songs including Blueberry Hill and Walkin' To New Orleans.

Domino had his first pop mainstream smash in 1955 with "Ain't It a Shame", though as was so often the case then a watered-down version by a white singer - in this case, Pat Boone, who changed the title to "Ain't That a Shame" - got more radio play.

The man born Antoine Domino, Jr. had been active in the music scene since the late 1940's and produced hits like "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That a Shame". February 26, 1928, the son of French Creole parents, Domino grew up around music, watching his father play violin and learning piano from his brother-in-law.

Domino would go on to score almost 40 Top 40 singles, and was one of the first 10 honorees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When 2005's Hurricane Katrina hit Domino's neighborhood hard, he chose to stay in the city with his ailing wife. Discovered in 1949, "Fats" released his debut album the following year.

Domino won a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 1987, and he was honored with the National Medal of Arts, which President Bill Clinton presented to him in 1998.

Domino, named Rolling Stone's 25th Greatest Artist of all Time in 2004, is often credited as one of, if not the, inventor of Rock and Roll.

Domino later lent his support to a number of Katrina charity projects and was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

On the lower level of the Rock Hall, a large portrait of Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis is prominently shown on a sliding panel door between exhibits.

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