||Fats Domino, the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues singer whose two-fisted boogie-woogie piano and nonchalant vocals, heard on dozens of hits, made him one of the biggest stars of the early rock ’n’ roll era and a huge influence on The Beatles, has died.
Antoine "Fats" Domino had more than three dozen Top 40 pop hits through the 1950s and early ’60s, among them “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t It a Shame” (also known as “Ain’t That a Shame,” which is the actual lyric), “I’m Walkin’,” “Blue Monday” and “Walkin’ to New Orleans.” Throughout he displayed both the buoyant spirit of New Orleans, his hometown, and a droll resilience that reached listeners worldwide.
He sold 65 million singles in those years, with 23 gold records, making him second only to Elvis Presley as a commercial force. Presley acknowledged Fats as a predecessor and The Beatles worshipped him and met him while on tour through New Orleans in 1964.
“A lot of people seem to think I started this business,” Presley told Jet magazine in 1957. “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.”
It´s long been thought that The Beatles "Lady Madonna" was inspired by Fat´s "Blue Monday", but Paul McCartney confirmed in a 1989 interview, that it was more than likely "Bad Penny Blues´ by Humphrey Lyttelton that was the inspiration, with the main inspiration coming from Fats.
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