Rock Hall honors Fats Domino: Museum wouldn't exist without him

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Rock and Roll legend Fats Domino died Tuesday at his home in Harvey, La.

One of the more familiar rock & roll presences on television, the portly, gregarious Domino, invariably seated at a piano, appeared frequently on the musical and variety shows of the Golden Age era - programs hosted by Steve Allen, Perry Como, Ed Sullivan and, of course, American Bandstand. Many of his tunes, including I'm Walkin', I Hear You Knockin', and Blue Monday, became staples of the R & B repertoire.

Antoine "Fats" Domino was born in New Orleans LA, in the lower ninth ward on 26 February 1928.

Regardless of label, his playing inspired generations of performers-perhaps most notably John Lennon, who once said that Domino's "Ain't That a Shame" was the first song he ever learned how to play.

It was the first rock and roll record to sell over a million copies, and achieved a No.2 ranking on the R&B charts.

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"One of my great honors in life was being a part of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew's induction into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. RIP Fats Domino", wrote Samuel L. Jackson. "I had to stick to my own style that I've always used or it just wouldn't be me".

According to WWL-TV, the musician died surrounded by his family and friends, with confirmation coming from the family on Wednesday morning.

The singer, who chose to stay at home as his wife Rosemary was in poor health, lost his gold records and National Medal of Arts in the disaster.

Domino also performed in two wildly influential rock movies of 1956: Shake, Rattle & Rock! and The Girl Can't Help It, films that spread the news of rock & roll throughout the country and overseas. President George W. Bush personally delivered its replacement.

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