Legendary New Orleans pianist and song writer Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. passed away Tuesday night, according to reports.
Domino was 89-years-old when he passed away peacefully of natural causes surrounded by his family and friends, according to CBS affiliate WWL-TV anchor Eric Paulson, who was in contact with Domino’s daughter.
Paulson received word of Domino’s death Wednesday morning.
Domino produced five gold records released before 1955 that sold over one million copies, and 35 of his recordings reached the top 40 on the billboard charts. His career began in 1949 with his first record “The Fat Man.”
He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987, and Rolling Stone listed him as number 25, on the list of ‘Greatest Recording Artists of All Time.’
His well known hits included: “Ain’t That A Shame” and “I’m Walking To New Orleans.” His style was described as “pre-funk” blues with boogie sprinkled in.
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