THE FAT MAN PLAYED THE BLUES AND DRANK THE BOOZE
So R.I.P Fats Domino.
With his death the world has lost another rock and roll legend, although for someone nicknamed Fats who spent a good part of his life playing in smoky clubs and bars, he did well to live until 89.
The roly-poly piano pounder's mantra was "play the blues and drink the booze." And he did.
My big regret is that I never saw him perform, although I saw his compatriots, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry several times.
Unlike them, he kept a low profile, living all his life in the quarter of New Orleans where he was born.
John Lennon once said that without Fats Domino there wouldn't have been the Beatles because the first song he learned to play was Fats's "Ain't That a Shame."
It could be said that Fats Domino pioneered rock and roll because in 1949 he recorded The Fat Man, a pounding rock-blues song with the lyrics:
They call me the Fat Man
'Cause I weigh 200 pounds
All the girls they love me
'Cause I know my way around.
Fats Domino's place in rock and roll history is secure and many of his songs, such as Blueberry Hill, Walkin' to New Orleans, I'm Walkin' and Be My Guest are all-time classics.
But what is not so widely known is that as well as acting in films such as Shake Rattle and Roll and Jamboree, he provided part or all of 104 film soundtracks.
Fats Domino was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Of the original 13 pioneers, only three remain: Don Everly of The Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The world of rock and blues is a lesser place without the Fat Man.