ROCK and Roll Hall of Fame musician Fats Domino has died at the age of 89.

Antoine Domino Jr - later nicknamed "Fats" by a New Orleans bandleader - was found to have died from natural causes.

Domino sold more than 110 million records throughout his career, spurred on by the success of some of music's most memorable hits including 'Blueberry Hill' and 'Ain't It A Shame'.

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During the late 1950s and early 1960s it was said only Elvis Presley surpassed him in popularity.

However, his music, graced by his captivating baritone voice, was only one part of his success.

Fats Domino tips his hat after briefly appearing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2006. Picture: AP
Fats Domino tips his hat after briefly appearing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2006. Picture: AP

On stage, Domino had no peer, his performances an energetic storm of flair and pounding piano whipping audiences into a frenzy.  

In 1986, he became one of the first musicians to be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside the likes of Chuck Berry, James Brown, Presley and Buddy Holly.

Domino recorded his first song, 'The Fat Man', in the back of a recording studio in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

But he found fame with the smash hit 'Ain't It A Shame' - which he sang as "ain't that a shame" - in 1955.

Musicians Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino and James Brown pose at a reception in 1986 where they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Picture: AP
Musicians Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino and James Brown pose at a reception in 1986 where they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Picture: AP

However, a year later, he released 'Blueberry Hill' and a star was born. The single sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and was later selected for the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.

Domino continued to record and perform around the world but refused to budge from his hometown.

And when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, fears were held for the star's whereabouts until it was reported he and his family had been rescued.


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