Domino’s career spanned five decades which saw the beloved artist sell over 65 million records and producer over 25 gold singles.
Rolling Stone ranked him the 25th greatest artist of all time, with Dr John writing that, after John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Domino and Bartholomew were “probably the greatest team of songwriters ever”.
He added: “Anytime anybody plays a slow blues, the piano player will eventually get to something like Fats. I can’t tell you the number of times I played sessions and was asked specifically to do Fats. Eighty kajillion little bands all through the South — we all had to play Fats Domino songs. Everybody, everywhere.
“Fats is old school to the max — he loved to work the house, do looooong shows and push the piano across the stage with his belly. That innocence is there in his music. He’s a good man, and people respond to that goodness. I don’t think it was about anything other than the tradition of working the house and what felt good to Fats.
“When all the payola scandals were happening and it looked bad for rock & roll, Fats did an interview in some magazine. He said, “I don’t know what all the trouble is about us being a bad influence on teenagers. I’m just playing the same music I played all my life.” That’s what Fats was about. He didn’t look on what he did as special or different. He just did what Fats did.”
Deeply embedded in his hometown of New Orleans, Domino made several public appearances to aid relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, despite having lost all of his own posessions in the floods.
President George W. Bush made a personal visit and replaced the National Medal of Arts that was lost in the debris. His gold records were also replaced.