1. Fats, a lifelong New Orleanian well-known for songs like "Blueberry Hill," "I'm Walkin'" and "Ain't That A Shame," dominated pop and R&B charts in the 1950s and 1960s.
  2. Fats Domino Ain't That A Shame
  3. One of nine children born to a musical family, Domino was known for being shy and reclusive despite his talent, according to WWL.
  4. "Although he traveled the world, often reluctantly, to perform – sometimes as many as 10 months out of the year- he was deep down a son of the Ninth Ward," the news station reported.
  5. According to NOLA.com, Domino was in his home on Caffin Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in August 2005. He was rescued from is second-floor balcony by boat, the news site reported. Among the items lost in the floodwaters were more than a dozen gold records earned over the course of his career.
  6. NOLA.com reported in 2007 that the Recording Industry Association of America and Capitol/EMI Records presented Domino with reprotcutions of the records after the floods.
  7. He was awarded with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
  8. During the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, musician Billy Joel described Domino as "the man who proved that the piano was a rock and roll instrument."
  9. Billy Joel Inducts Fats Domino into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  10. In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Domino with the National Medal of Arts.
  11. Fans took to social media to mourn the rock legend:
  12. Wow. I truly had NO idea #FatsDomino had been with us this entire time til now! I would have probably made an effort to see him perform. Man. 89 years on earth. God bless his life. rip to the pioneer Fats Domino!
    Wow. I truly had NO idea #FatsDomino had been with us this entire time til now! I would have probably made an effort to see him perform. Man. 89 years on earth. God bless his life. rip to the pioneer Fats Domino!
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