Feature Artist of the Day: Fats Domino
One of the featured artists of this week from 1957 is Fats Domino, a former pianist and singer who rose to fame in the 1950s. Some of his most popular songs were “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame.” However, his rendition of “The Fat Man” is known by some as one of the first examples of rock-and-roll music. Of French Creole descent, Fats Domino was one of the most popular African-American artists of the time. Sixty years ago, he was a headlining act to “The Biggest Show of Stars for ‘57” that took place at South.
Fats Domino was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award in 1995. Three of his songs including “Blueberry Hill”, “Ain’t That a Shame”, and “Walking to New Orleans” earned themselves a spot in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Fats Domino is currently 89 years old and lives in Harvey, Louisiana. To listen to his hit song, “Blueberry Hill”, click on the link below.