Antoine Dominique Domino Jr. has moved on to provide the heavens with a stroll and shuffle beat.

Known as Fats Domino, his sound out of New Orleans was the inspiration to far too many musicians to name. I remember being about 6 years old, spinning my brother's 45's and knowing this was so different as to defy description.

Always a charmer and a pleasant man, he was feared to have died in Katrina. He lived through it and the devastation to the 9th Ward, but his house did not. The world came to his rescue and he lived on until his death this week of natural causes at age 89.

I've never been to NOLA but have played with musicians raised there and enamored of his music. I've played many times with the saxophone player who toured with him for 22 years. It's a style that is easy to play if you feel it but I guess not so for many. The sax player told me I was " the shit" for showing up without a rehearsal, being asked to set in and holding my own for an evening including playing in the horn keys ( F, B flat and E flat) without a capo. He said most guitar players can't do that.

I felt like I had joined a club.

Like I said, you either feel it or you don't.

He'll be missed. I always liked knowing he was in the world with us.


02/26/1928  to 10/24/2107 made me cry.

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Comment by alsoknownas on October 26, 2017 at 11:12am

In one interview Fats said, "In all my life I tried my best to make people happy with my music."

He did that well.

Comment by Tom Cordle on October 26, 2017 at 11:43am

Yeah, Fats was an early influence on a lot of us. He struck me as a case of wysiwyg, that is his gentleness and unaffected style bespoke a good man who just wanted others to have as much fun as he was having on stage. When I heard the news of his passing, I worked up Blueberry Hill and I'm going to open with it on our gig Friday night.

Comment by alsoknownas on October 26, 2017 at 11:47am


Too many don't know their own limits. He achieved that knowledge. When asked in 1968 why he wasn't active in the civil rights movement after being semi scolded by the white interviewer he politely replied that he let his music do the talking.

Enjoy your evening tomorrow.

Comment by Boanerges on October 26, 2017 at 1:27pm

Annnnnd ... the October trifecta is complete. Tom Petty. Gord Downie. Now Fats Domino. It's been a bad month.

Yes, his music had an effect on me way back in the day (as did the other two, for that matter, albeit more recently). He was pretty much sui generis -- and he did make me feel good.

Comment by alsoknownas on October 26, 2017 at 1:53pm

I guess calling it a trifecta fits in with Fats' love of gambling.

Thanks for coming by today.

Comment by Rosigami on October 26, 2017 at 2:04pm

This is a nice tribute, alsoknownas.  I was sad to hear of his passing. First time I listened to him, I must have been about 10 or 12 or so. His music always made me smile. 

We have a road near us called Newberry Hill Road. Every time we pass it, we sing a few lines of Blueberry Hill.
It's a thing, what can I say? We'll keep doing it. 

Comment by alsoknownas on October 26, 2017 at 2:24pm


Seems like a good tradition to have in place.
Thanks for coming by today.

Comment by Ron Powell on October 26, 2017 at 2:44pm

There's a special place in heaven for Fats Domino:

May he forever rest in the peace his music brought to all who cared to listen and dance to it

Comment by alsoknownas on October 26, 2017 at 3:03pm

Thanks Ron.  He was quite endearing.

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 26, 2017 at 6:53pm

Being told yu’re “the shit” by people luke that is as good S it gets. Sorry you’ e Never been to NOLA. One of the Neville brothers called it the northernmost city in the Caribbean. It remaiins my favorite destination.

i never saw Fats play, but loved his music.


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