Legendary New Orleans musician Fats Domino dead at 89


The legendary New Orleans singer and pianist Fats Domino, known for hits like "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't It A Shame" has died.

He was 89.

Domino, whose real name is Antoine Domino Jr., died surrounded by his family, his daughter confirmed to WWL-TV on Wednesday.

The iconic artist was born and raised in New Orleans and first broke out into the city's rock and roll scene in the late 1940's after joining the band The Solid Senders.

His first record "The Fat Man" garnered him national attention — selling one million copies by 1953 after it was released in 1949.

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Fats Domino 1973 London (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
FRANCE - JANUARY 01: JAZZ A JUAN Photo of Fats DOMINO, Backstage in the dressing room (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Fats DOMINO (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Fats DOMINO; Fats Domino performing on stage (Photo by Andrew Putler/Redferns)
MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND: Fats Domino performs live on stage at Maison des Congres during The Montreux Jazz Festival in 1973 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
LONDON, UK - MARCH 19: Rhythm and blues singer songwriter and pianist Fats Domino performs at the Hammersmith Odeon on March 19, 1978 in London, U.K. (Photo by Charles Paul Harris/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1981: Photo of Fats Domino at the Hammersmith Odeon, London 1981 (Photo by Charles Paul Harris/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Fats Domino performs on stage at Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 29th March 1987. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
NEW ORLEANS - MAY 07 : Fats Domino performs on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 07, 1989. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1992: Photo of Fats Domino at the Hammersmith Odeon, London 1992 (Photo by Charles Paul Harris/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(Fats Domino Im Hotel Intercontinental In Hamburg Fats Domino . (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images))
(GERMANY OUT) Fats Domino*26.02.1928-Musiker, USAmit seiner Gruppe bei einem Auftritt- 1994 (Photo by H�lzer/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, UNITED STATES - MAY 6: Fats Domino performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 6, 2001. (Photo by Clayton Call/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 24: NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FESTIVAL Photo of Fats DOMINO, Fats Domino performing on stage (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
New Orleans native Fats Domino performs on the opening night of the 2003 New Orleans Jazzfest. at the New Orleans Fairgrounds in New Orleans, LA (Photo by James Crump/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS - MAY 07: Fats Domino talks to the crowd at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 6, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dominio had to cancel his performance after being taken to the hospital earlier today. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Fats Domino EXCLUSIVE during 37th Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell - Backstage - May 7, 2006 at New Orleans Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La., United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
New Orleans resident and legendary pianoman Fats Domino pauses a moments for a photo after meeting with reporters 19 August 2007 to talk about his new 2- disk album 'Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino' to be released 25 September 2007. The album is full of music's superstars with the expected large royalties going to to his Tipitiana's Foundation, with the mission of preserving the musical culture of New Orleans and the building of a lower 9th ward cultural center. AFP photo/Paul J.Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Fats Domino poses after accepting his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Recording Academy's Angelia Bibbs-Sanders at a ceremony to replace Lifetime Achievement Award lost in Hurricane Katrina at Private Residence on May 1, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Antoine 'Fats' Domino greets his former band leader Dave Bartholomew during the closing night of the New Orleans Film Festival at The Carver Theater on October 23, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
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It was said to be the first rock and roll record to reach that achievement and some music historians have even credited it to be the first rock and roll record to exist, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Domino ultimately sold 65 million records, which is more than any rocker of the '50s except Elvis Presley. His songs landed him on the Billboard pop chart 63 times and the R&B chart 59 times throughout his years.

Domino first found himself sectioned to only the R&B charts until his song "Goin' Home" made it to No. 30 on the main chart and the following year his song "Goin' To The River" landed at No. 24. In 1955, "Ain't It A Shame" helped propel Domino's sound across genres and landing at No. 10 on the pop charts.

A cover of the track, retitled "Ain't That a Shame," was done by Pat Boone and landed even higher on the pop charts at No. 1 for a period of two weeks.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.

The Hall of Fame largely credited him with influencing the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John and Paul McCartney.

Rolling Stone put him on the list of "Greatest Recording Artists of All Time" at No. 25.

Actor Wendell Pierce paid tribute to his hero, Fats Domino, upon hearing the news of his death.

"Words fail me in this moment of deep heartache and sadness," Pierce wrote. "We have lost a legend. One of my heroes. New Orleans' Fats Domino is dead."

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