Domino, Antoine

Domino, (Antoine) “Fats”

(1928–  ) musician; born in New Orleans. A singer and pianist, he was one of the first black rhythm & blues artists to attract a wide following among white youth. He played in New Orleans honky-tonks from his early teens, and in 1950 he recorded "The Fat Man," which became his first million-seller. Between 1954–68, he headlined many rock 'n' roll package shows on the strength of such hits as "Ain't That a Shame" (1955), "Blueberry Hill" (1956), and "Blue Monday" (1957). He had his last hit record in 1968 and worked sporadically thereafter. In 1987, he was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.