Fats Domino was an American musician and a singer who was considered as one of the best rock and roll musicians of all time. Domino’s The Fat Man was the first record to make more than 1 million sales in the rock and roll genre, and he has over 65 million records sold so far. Continue reading to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Fats Domino in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Fats Domino was born as Antoine Domino Jr. on February 26, 1928, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the United States to Marie-Donatille Gros and Antoine Caliste Domino who was an employee at a racetrack and was also a part-time violinist. Antoine was the youngest of the eight children to his parents and attended the Louis B. Macarty School but dropped out of the school when to work as an ice delivery helper. Domino started to play the piano when he 10 and was taught by his brother-in-law Harrison Verrett.
Domino married Rosemary Hall in the year 1947, and the couple was blessed with eight children and named them all with “A” as the starting letter, Antoine III, Anatole, Antonio, Andrea, Andre, Antoinette, Anola, and Adonica respectively. His wife died in 20008, and since then Domino spent the rest of his life single.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Domino initially performed as a pianist in a bar in New Orleans where he used to earn $3 per week. He was nicknamed Fats by a bandleader Billy Diamond as Domino’s work reminded him famous pianists Fats Pichon and Fats Waller. In 1949, he signed with Imperial Record Label and released the song The Fat Man which became the first rock and roll song to achieve 1 million sales.
He gave many hits with artists Dave Bartholomew, Herbert Hardesty, Alvin Tyler, and Frank Fields and also featured in Lloyd Price’s Lawdy Miss Clawdy in 1952. He ventured into pop through the song Ain’t That a Shame in 1955 which debuted at number 14 on the Billboard pop singles chart.
His Blueberry Hill recording sold over 5 million copies in 1956 and 57 and Domino left Imperial records in 1963 after recording 60 singles for them. His name was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. In 1995, Domino received Ray Charles Lifetime Achievement Award and received the National Medal of Arts from Bill Clinton in 1998. He was also ranked 25 in the 100 greatest artists of all time list by Rolling stone in 2004.
Net Worth & Earnings
In the year 1955, he earned $10,000 per week from tours and his earning per day in 1957 was $2,500 and made more than $500,000 that year. He said in an interview that he has 50 suits, a $1500 horseshoe stick pin in diamond and 100 pairs of shoes. His net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be $8 million.
Fats Domino died on October 24, 2017, at the age of 89 and his death was due to aging. Though he was very much successful and talented, he was equally humble and down to earth which made people give a special place for him in their hearts.