Fats Domino 1955

Ain't That A Shame
#10 in 1955

Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino was born February 26, 1928, in New Orleans, Louisana. Domino crossed into the pop mainstream with "Ain't That a Shame" (1955), which hit the Top Ten, though Pat Boone characteristically hit #1 with a milder cover of the song that received wider radio airplay in a racially segregated era. Domino would eventually release 37 Top 40 singles, including "Whole Lotta Loving" and "Blue Monday. His 1956 uptempo version of the old song, "Blueberry Hill", reached #2 in the Top 40, was #1 on the R&B charts for 11 weeks, and was his biggest hit When Hurricane Katrina was approaching New Orleans in August 2005, Domino chose to stay at home with his family, due to his wife's poor health. His house was in an area that was heavily flooded. He was thought to be dead, with someone spray-painting a message on his home, "RIP Fats. You will be missed." This was shown in news photos. On September 1, Domino's agent, Al Embry, announced that he had not heard from the musician since before the hurricane had struck. Later that day, CNN reported that Domino was rescued by a United States Coast Guard helicopter. His daughter, gospel singer Karen Domino White, identified him from a photo shown on CNN. The Domino family was then taken to a Baton Rouge shelter, after which they were picked up by JaMarcus Russell, the starting quarterback of the Louisiana State University football team, and Fats' granddaughter's boyfriend. He let the Dominos stay in his apartment. The Washington Post reported that on Friday, September 2, the Dominos had left Russell's apartment, after sleeping three nights on the couch. "We've lost everything," Domino said, according to the Post story. By January 2006, work to gut and repair Domino's home and office had begun.
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