New Orleans music legend Fats Domino has died. He was 89 years old.
WWL-TV Anchor Eric Paulson received word from the family early Wednesday morning. His daughter said he was surrounded by family and friends and died peacefully.
Domino was well-known for songs like “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Walkin’ To New Orleans.”
He was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Rolling Stone magazine listed him at #25 in the list of ‘Greatest Recording Artists of All Time.’
The magazine said: After John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Fats Domino and his partner, Dave Bartholomew, were probably the greatest team of songwriters ever. They always had a simple melody, a hip set of chord changes and a cool groove. And their songs all had simple lyrics; that’s the key. There are no deep plots in Fats Domino songs: “Yes, it’s me, and I’m in love again/Had no lovin’ since you know when/You know I love you, yes I do/And I’m savin’ all my lovin’ just for you.” It don’t get no simpler than that.