Paul McCartney continues his practice of heartfelt, insightful tributes to fellow musicians who pass away with a new message on his official website about Fats Domino.
“Rest in peace Fats Domino, the great rock ‘n’ roll pianist and singer who thrilled us in our early days in Liverpool. His hit records like ‘Ain’t That A Shame’, ‘Blueberry Hill’, ‘I’m In Love Again’ and many others introduced us to the sounds of New Orleans rock ‘n’ roll. We were excited to meet Fats once in his home town of New Orleans. He was wearing a huge star spangled diamond encrusted watch which was our first encounter with bling! His voice, piano playing and musical style was a huge influence on us and his appearance in the film ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ was truly magnificent. As one of my favourite rock ‘n’ roll singers, I will remember him fondly and always think of him with that twinkle in his eye. I read that he had eight children. He himself was named Antoine. His kids were named Antoine III, Anatole, Andre, Antonio, Antoinette, Andrea, Anola and Adonica. Now that is pure Fats! – Paul.”
McCartney and the Beatles first met Domino during September of 1964 in New Orleans, while the group was touring America. McCartney has cited the Beatles’ “Lady Madonna” as being inspired by Domino and covered his songs “Ain’t That A Shame,” “I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Some Day,” “I’m In Love Again” and “Coquette” on his 1988 covers album “CHOBA BCCP” and “Run Devil Run” in 1999. Domino, meanwhile, covered the Beatles’ “Lovely Rita” and “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey.”
Domino died on Tuesday (October 25) at the age of 89.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.