Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ain't That a Shame as Fats Domino Dies Aged 89

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ain't That a Shame as Fats Domino Dies Aged 89

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FATS Domino, the rock 'n' roll pioneer who helped change popular music, has died at the age of 89.

He died yesterday, according to Mark Bone, chief investigator with Jefferson Parish coroner's office in Louisiana.

In appearance at least, Domino was no Elvis Presley, standing at 5ft 5in and weighing more than 200lb, with a wide, boyish smile and a haircut as flat as an album cover.

But he sold more than 110 million records, including 22 million singles with hits including Blueberry Hill, Ain't That A Shame and other rock 'n' roll standards.

Domino was one of the first 10 acts named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Rolling Stone Record Guide likened him to Benjamin Franklin, the beloved old man of a revolutionary movement.

His dynamic performance style and warm vocals drew crowds for five decades. His 1956 version of Blueberry Hill was selected for the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry of historic sound recordings worthy of preservation. …

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