by Terrance Osborne
Any attempt to sum up the life and outsized presence of Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr. in New Orleans is folly. Simply stated, neither would have been the same without the other. Both are eternal joys. The life Fats lived here - red beans simmering, music radiating from humble architecture more human than the towers that define other cities - is palpable in Terrance Osborne’s robust portrait of The Fat Man (title of the first rock and roll record to sell 1 million copies, cowritten with producer Dave Bartholomew) in the kingdom he ruled with grace and notes.
The family of Fats Domino would like to thank everyone for all the beautiful words, tributes and celebrations honoring our father. We would especially like to thank his beloved city of New Orleans. New Orleans is a city like none other and there was no place he would rather be.
Fats Domino: The Legacy Lives On
Video of Fats Domino performing "Ain't That A Shame"
Happy 89th Birthday Fats. Born on this day in 1928
This is the first-ever official website of Fats Domino.
Statement from Antoine "Fats" Domino
Elvis Presley often referred to Fats Domino as “the real king of rock ’n’ roll,” but this octogenarian musical royal has led a relatively sedate life, especially compared with high-flying contemporaries like Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Perhaps that’s why this New Orleans piano legend’s impact is often overlooked.
Davell Crawford, who appears in a scene in Sunday’s (Oct. 28, 2012) episode of “Treme” with Fats Domino, is a living link to New Orleans’ musical legacy.