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Honored with National Medal of the Arts in 1998


Antoine Domino Jr., who brought a richness all its own to the music known as rock and roll, was born in New Orleans on February 26, 1928, and ever since, through his first 70 years, he has remained a member of the Crescent City's musical elite.

One of eight children in the Domino clan, Fats, as he came to be called, followed the musical lead of his father, a violinist and an uncle, a horn player. At a very young age, he showed an interest in an old upright piano that a cousin had left with the family for safe-keeping, and soon he was playing it well enough to become a very young keyboardist in local honky tonks. As a teenager he took a factory job but continued playing piano whenever he had the chance. He was a regular at The Hideaway, a local music spot, where he was noticed by a trumpeter named Dave Bartholomew, who offered him an opportunity to sit in with his band one evening. Domino jumped at the chance. Soon, the new Domino-Bartholomew songwriting partnership was born and would prove to be one of the most successful from the earliest years of the Rock N’ Roll era.

Together, they created a new sound with new musical accents and produced some extremely memorable rock and roll hit songs as well. Their first collaboration was on the song "The Fat Man" in 1949, followed by several other distinctive and memorable collaborations including: "Ain't That a Shame," "All by Myself," "Bo Weevil," "Going to the River," "I'm Walkin”," "I'm in Love Again," "My Girl Josephine," "Walking…

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FAT MAN, THE Antoine Domino, Dave Bartholomew
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