Saturday (February 26th) marks what would have been rock n' roll pioneer Fats Domino's 93rd birthday. Domino died on October 25th, 2017 at age 89 at his home in Harvey, Louisiana across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. Domino, whose real name was Antoine Domino, Jr. — and affectionately referred to as “The Fat Man” — is best remembered for hits spanning the 1940's through the 1960's such as “Ain't That A Shame,” “Blueberry Hill,” “I'm In Love Again,” “Blue Monday,” “I'm Walkin',” “My Blue Heaven,” “Whole Lotta Loving,” “I'm Ready,” “I Want To Walk You Home,” “My Girl Josephine,” “Let The Four Winds Blow,” and others.
Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and Elvis Presley were among the inaugural inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
In 2005 Domino, who was a life long New Orleans resident, was the highest profile celebrity victim of Hurricane Katrina, and was initially reported as missing. Domino and Rosemary, his wife of over 50 years, and one of their daughters chose to wait out the storm at their home, which sits in the New Orleans' low-lying Ninth Ward.