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Honored with National Medal of the Arts in 1998


Born in New Orleans on February 26, 1928, Antoine ("Fats") Domino Jr., was one of eight children in the Domino clan. Fats followed the musical lead of his father who was a violinist, and an uncle who was 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 young keyboardist in local honky-tonks. He was almost entirely self-taught, picking up ideas from boogie-woogie masters like Meade Lux Lewis, Pinetop Smith and Amos Milburn. “Back then I used to play everybody’s records; everybody’s records who made records,” he told the New Orleans music magazine Offbeat in 2004. “I used to hear ’em, listen at ’em five, six, seven, eight times and I could play it just like the record because I had a good ear for catchin’ notes and different things.”

He dropped out  of school in the fourth grade to work as an iceman’s helper, but continued playing piano whenever he had the chance. He was a regular at The Hideaway, a local music spot, with a band led by the bassist Billy Diamond, who nicknamed him Fats. Mr. Domino soon became the band’s frontman and a local draw. In 1949, songwriter Dave Bartholomew saw him play and brought recording man Lew Chudd to The Hideaway where he immediately signed Fats to his label, Imperial Records.

Soon, the Domino-Bartholomew songwriting partnership was born and would prove to be one of the most successful in those early years of the Rock N’ Roll era. Together they created…

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FAT MAN, THE Antoine Domino, Dave Bartholomew
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