Saturday, August 18, 2007

Fats Domino - American Music Legend

Almost two years ago, the world nearly lost a wonderful person and true musical icon. On August 29, 2005, Antoine "Fats" Domino, then 77 years old, decided to ride out the oncoming Hurricane Katrina with his wife Rosemary. Their two-story home, along with every other building in New Orleans' 9th Ward, was devastated by the storm and the ensuing flood waters. Thankfully, he and his family survived the tempest that ravaged the city and destroyed millions of dollars in property, along with the livelihoods and dreams of thousands of its citizens.

Through Tipitina's Foundation, Fats Domino released "Alive and Kickin'", the title inspired by his response to fans' inquiries and concerns for him after Katrina.

Like everyone else, Fats lost many precious belongings to the aftermath of the storm. Among things he lost were gold record awards and other achievements, mementos and memorabilia from his career.

On Monday, August 13, in a nightclub in New Orleans, Fats Domino was presented with reproductions of 20 of his gold record awards by the Recording Industry Association of America and Capitol/EMI (right photo). In addition, the RIAA presented him with the "American Music Legend" award for his accomplishments. Fats is only the second ever recipient of the award; Johnny Cash was given the award about a decade ago.

Released on August 14 and available at fine music outlets, Fats Domino Greatest Hits: Walking To New Orleans

Sample and enjoy some of this legend's greatest songs:

and my favorite Fats tune...


Anonymous said...

Would you happen to have some of Professor Longhair's tunes?

Carl said...

Yes, I'll post something very soon!