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Fats Domino Timeline


1928

Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr. is born in New Orleans.

1946

Fats Domino joins Billy Diamond’s band on piano at the Hideaway Club in New Orleans.

1949

Having signed to the Imperial label, Fats Domino cuts eight tracks at his first recording session at Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studios in New Orleans.

1950

"The Fat Man," Fats Domino’s first single, enters the R&B chart, where it will peak at #2. It will reputedly sell a million copies, and some regard it as the first rock and roll record.

1950

"Goin' Home" becomes the first of nine #1 R&B hits for Fats Domino. Those nine singles will top Billboard’s R&B chart for a combined 51 weeks - nearly a full year's worth of chart supremacy.

1954

Domino performs as part of Alan Freed’s "Moondog Jubilee of Stars Under the Stars" at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Other acts on the bill: Muddy Waters, the Clovers, the Orioles, Little Walter.

1955

Fats Domino’s "Ain't That a Shame” enters the R&B chart, which it will top for 11 weeks. It will also become his first crossover hit, entering the pop charts in mid-July and peaking at #10.

1956

“I’m in Love Again,” by Fats Domino, enters the Hot 100, where it will peak at #3 – ultimately making it the third highest-charting single of his career.

1956

Fats Domino – Rockin’ and Rollin’ is the first of three albums by the singer/pianist to make the Top Twenty. The others: This Is Fats Domino and Rock and Rollin’ With Fats Domino.

1956

Fats Domino's biggest single, "Blueberry Hill," reaches #2 on the pop chart and #11 on the R&B chart, where it will stay for11 weeks. This same month Domino appears with Big Joe Turner in the breakthrough rock and roll film Shake, Rattle and Rock, performing three songs.

1957

Fats Domino tours with "The Biggest Show of Stars for '57," a three-month outing that also features Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, and the Moonglows

1957

“I’m Walkin’,” by Fats Domino, enters the singles charts, where it will peak at #1 R&B (for six weeks) and #6 pop.

1958

“Whole Lotta Loving,” by Fats Domino, enters the charts, where it will peak at #2 R&B and #6 pop, becoming his biggest hit in a year and a half.

1959

“I Want to Walk You Home,” by Fats Domino, enters the charts, where it will reach #1 R&B and #8 pop.

1960

“Walking to New Orleans,” by Fats Domino, enters the charts, where it will reach #2 R&B and #6 pop.

1961

Fats Domino’s last major hit, “Let the Four Winds Blow,” enters the charts. It will peak at #2 R&B and #15 pop.

1963

After nearly 14 years on the Imperial label, Fats Domino signs with ABC-Paramount when his contract expires. He'll also record for the Mercury and Reprise labels during the Sixties.

1968

Fats Domino’s cover of the Beatles' "Lady Madonna" enters the Hot 100.

1975

John Lennon’s album Rock ‘N’ Roll, an album of early-rock tributes that includes his cover of Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame,” is released.

1979

Cheap Trick’s version of Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame,” recorded live in Japan, enters the Hot 100, where it will peak at #35.

1980

Having conquered the pop and R&B charts in the Fifties and Sixties, Fats Domino scores a country hit when “Whiskey Heaven” – from the movie Any Which Way You Can, starring Clint Eastwood – enters Billboard’s Country Singles chart.

1986

Fats Domino is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner. Billy Joel is his presenter.

1987

Fats Domino receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. It is noted that he is "one of the most important links between rhythm & blues and rock and roll." His recording of “Blueberry Hill” enters the Grammy Hall of Fame.

1988

Fats Domino and Friends – Immortal Keyboards of Rock & Roll, recorded live at New Orleans’ Storyville nightclub, airs on the cable channel Cinemax. Fellow legends Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis are among the guests.

1990

My Blue Heaven: The Best of Fats Domino is released on CD as part of EMI Records’ Legendary Masters Series.

1991

A four-disc box set spanning Fats Domino’s career is released. Entitled “They Call Me the Fat Man...”: The Legendary Imperial Recordings, it contains 100 songs by the rock and roll pioneer.

1993

Christmas Is a Special Day, Fats Domino's first major-label album in 25 years, is released on EMI/Right Stuff.

1995

Fats Domino receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

1996

That’s Fats! – A Tribute to Fats Domino is released. The CD contains versions of Domino’s songs by various artists recorded between 1955 and 1992, as well as two classic cuts by Domino himself.

1998

Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the National Academy of Popular Music’s 29th annual ceremony in New York City.

1998

President William Clinton awards Fats Domino the National Medal of Arts

2002

“Ain’t That a Shame,” by Fats Domino, enters the Grammy Hall of Fame.

2005

Fats Domino is rescued from his flooded home in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina.

2007

Mayor Ray Nagin proclaims this date as Fats Domino Day in New Orleans during a ceremony at the House of Blues.

2007

The Recording Industry Association of America bestows its American Legend Award upon Fats Domino. He is only the second artist to receive the honor, the first being Johnny Cash.

2007

Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino is released. Including versions of Domino’s songs by such musicians as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tom Petty, Neil Young and B.B. King, the album’s proceeds will help rebuild Domino’s house in New Orleans.

2007

Fats Domino is inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

2008

Fats Domino turns eighty years old.

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