Today we’re acknowledging a legend who was killin’ it long before most of us were even thought of. Antoine “Fats” Domino, Jr. (born February 26, 1928) was an African American pianist and singer-songwriter of Louisiana Creole descent. He had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies, being certified gold. From 1955-60, he had eleven top 10 hits and his record sales were reportedly surpassed only by Elvis Presley.
During his career, Domino sold over 65 MILLION records. Domino was one of the biggest stars of rock and roll in the 1950's and one of the first R&B artists to gain popularity with white audiences, with his music being credited for assisting in breaking down the stain of racial segregation in the United States.
A lot of people seem to think I started this business. But rock ’n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let’s face it: I can’t sing it like Fats Domino can. I know that.
– Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley introduced Fats at one of his Las Vegas concerts by saying “this gentleman was a huge influence on me when I started out”.Domino was present in the audience of 2,200 people at Elvis Presley’s first concert at the Las Vegas Hilton on July 31, 1969. At a press conference after the show, when a journalist referred to Presley as “The King”, Presley gestured toward Domino, who was taking in the scene. “No,” Presley said, “that’s the real king of rock and roll.”
Rest in Power King
[ 16 April 1963 ]
My Dear Fellow Clergymen:
While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely."...