Fats Domino, a legendary pianist, recording artist and pioneer of rock n' roll music, died Wednesday at age 89.
His first record, "The Fat Man," was released in 1949 and was the first rock n' roll record to sell a million copies while achieving a No 2. ranking on the R&B charts.
The argument over exactly where rock ’n’ roll began has been debated for decades. But I’ve long argued that well before Bill Haley & His Comets set teens hopping in 1955 with “Rock Around the Clock,” before Elvis first got teens quaking a year earlier with “That’s All Right,” there was Antoine “Fats” Domino.
He had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies, being certified gold.
From 1955-60, he had eleven top 10 hits and his record sales were reportedly surpassed only by Elvis Presley.
During his career, Domino sold over 65 million records. His musical style was based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar, and drums.
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