fatsToday is Fats Domino’s 85th birthday.  I adore him, having seen him perform and also unexpectedly every now and then while out and about in the city.  My favorite Fats spotting was at a local old-school steak house with curtained booths when we were the only people in the place.  Our kids were babies, and we wished they could appreciate just how cool their dinner was that quiet week night.

During Katrina, Fats’ home was flooded, including his Steinway piano and National Medal of Arts, bestowed by President Bill Clinton and later replaced by President George W. Bush.  Like many residents that stayed for Hurricane Katrina, he was feared dead, leading someone to paint on his home.  Thankfully, he was rescued by Coast Guard helicopter.

fats receiving replacement medalSource:  nea. gov

Fats Domino is a legend, a genius, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, and royalty in New Orleans.  He has released multiple gold records and dozens of Top 40 hits.

Fats Domino and his music have influenced some of the biggest names in music, as evidenced by the performers on the double CD “Goin’ Home:  A Tribute to Fats Domino”, including the late John Lennon (recorded 1975), Tom Petty, B.B. King, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Galactic, and Robert Plant just to name a few.  Not only is it an amazing collection, it also helps raise money for the rebuilding of Fats Domino’s home and other programs for the community, including Tipitina’s Foundation.

fats domino and robert plantSource:  prweb. com

Everyone loves Fats Domino, around the corner and around the world.

Happy Birthday, Fats!