Early Rock Legend Fats Domino Dead at 89
He was a giant. Iconic musical pioneer Fats Domino died today at the age of 89. Domino — who influenced the likes of Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney, among other legends — rose to prominence during the 1950s, when his rhythmic piano-playing helped lay one of the earliest foundations for modern rock and roll. Known for songs such as “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Blueberry Hill,” the jovial, lifelong New Orleanian was one of the first 10 performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.