Fats Domino Dead at 89

New Orleans R&B singer, Fats Domino, passed away Tuesday at the age of 89 years old.

Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. has been regarded as one of the biggest stars of the early rock ‘n’ roll era, inspiring many other legendary musicians such as Paul McCartney and Elvis Presley.

Paul McCartney wrote a heartfelt tribute to Fats on his blog. It read:

“Rest in peace Fats Domino, the great rock ’n’ roll pianist and singer who thrilled us in our early days in Liverpool. His hit records like ‘Ain’t That A Shame’, ‘Blueberry Hill’, ‘I’m In Love Again’ and many others introduced us to the sounds of New Orleans rock ’n’ roll. We were excited to meet Fats once in his home town of New Orleans. He was wearing a huge star spangled diamond encrusted watch which was our first encounter with bling! His voice, piano playing and musical style was a huge influence on us and his appearance in the film ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ was truly magnificent. As one of my favourite rock ’n’ roll singers, I will remember him fondly and always think of him with that twinkle in his eye. I read that he had eight children. He himself was named Antoine. His kids were named Antoine III, Anatole, Andre, Antonio, Antoinette, Andrea, Anola and Adonica. Now that is pure Fats!” — Paul

Elvis Presley also highly regarded Fats, even going as far as saying Fats was the reason he hated being called “The King.” Their respect for each other as musicians went on to blossom into a true friendship.

Elvis was the only artist to surpass Fats record sales from 1955 to 1960. During this time Fats had 11 top 10 hits.

Fats will continue to live on through music, such as his iconic songs “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That A Shame.”