Fats Domino is no longer with us, since he died today at age 89 of natural causes. One thing is certain, though. His music will undoubtedly continue to live on, just as it has for all the years since he originally recorded the songs.
Ron Howard used to sing one of Fats Domino’s hits on Happy Days:
Fats himself performed it on The Ed Sullivan Show back in 1956, which in itself was a relatively ground-breaking feat, since at that time, there were still some “issues” with black performers being on stage and TV.
Then there are several Fats Domino songs that have been used in media for years, from commercials to the big screen. Remember this one selling paper towels and cleaning products?
Or how about this one?
Because of the contribution Fats Domino made to the music scene in the Big Easy, you can’t skip this one:
Speaking of New Orleans and Fats Domino’s influence on musicians from the Crescent City, there’s this…
… that was also recorded by New Orleans native Harry Connick, Jr.
Farewell, Fats…. You won’t be forgotten, or at least your music won’t be.
Image: By Hugo van Gelderen / Anefo (Nationaal Archief) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Farewell Fats Domino