The most popular exponent of the classic New Orleans R&B sound, Fats Domino sold more records than any other Black rock & roll star of the 1950s. The Associated Press estimates that during his career, Fats sold more than 110 million records.
"He could make a piano talk. He could play anything. He’s not just a banger. He could really play for real."
In the 1940s in New Orleans, Fats Domino bought a piano that the owner had promised to sell to the mother of Dorothy Fuller so her daughter could learn to play. Dorothy Fuller is the mother of Black Music Project creator Christopher Fuller.
"The Gothfather." Pioneer of theatrical shock rock.
The Father of Rock and Roll.
The singer-songwriter of "Why Do Fools Fall In Love."
Mixing gospel and the profane, he's rock & roll personified.
The big bands get smaller and grittier.
The blues follows the Great Migration north and plugs in.
The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th century.
Urban-born rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.