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Fats Domino, a legendary figure in American music who helped popularize rock and roll, died Tuesday of natural causes. He was 89.
Known for songs such as “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That a Shame” and “I’m Walkin’,” Domino was among rock and roll’s most pivotal pioneers. The New Orleans icon began playing piano and singing in his teens, and recorded “The Fat Man” in 1949 — what is likely the first early rock ’n roll record to sell one million copies.
In fact, at the height of his career, Domino was second only to Elvis Presley as a commercial force, according to the New York Times. Presley himself acknowledged Domino as a predecessor. “I can’t sing it like Fats Domino can. I know that,” Presley told Jet magazine in 1957.
Domino was active in the music scene ever since, releasing nearly 50 albums over five decades, including new music well into the 2000’s. The musician produced more than 25 gold singles, and all in all, sold more than 65 million records, according to his official website.
He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Domino was also given the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton in 1998.
How to Listen to Fats Domino
If you want to listen to Fats Domino’s songs and explore his catalog, his music is widely available on the internet.
Many of his famous tracks, including “Blueberry Hill” “I’m Ready” and “Ain’t That a Shame” are available on YouTube for free.
2. Spotify and Apple Music
A good portion of Domino’s various albums and records are also available on the major streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music. Both, of course, require a subscription to stream — but if you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to Domino’s tracks by searching for “Fats Domino” on either service.
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