‘Blueberry Hill’ Hitmaker Fats Domino Dies Aged 89
Legendary rock ’n’ roll pioneer Antoine “Fats” Domino has died at home in his beloved New Orleans aged 89. The iconic singer-songwriter and ‘Blueberry Hill’ hitmaker passed away peacefully on Tuesday night surrounded by family.
Born in The Big Easy in 1928, Domino came from a large musical family. He was taught to the piano by his brother-in-law and began performing in music clubs and bars in the 1940s. Discovered in 1949, “Fats” released his debut album the following year.
After a string of top-40 hits, Domino released arguably his most famous song – a 1956 cover of ‘Blueberry Hill’. That track has spawned countless covers, not least from rock legend Elvis Presley, for whom Domino was a huge influence, and Elton John.