Rock and roll legend Fats Domino dies aged 89

The musician sold over 65 million records in a career spanning over five decades

Rock and roll legend Fats Domino dies aged 89

Fats Domino performs on the NBC

Rock and roll legend Fats Domino has died aged 89.

The Grammy-award winner is best known for songs including 'Blueberry Hill', 'Ain't That a Shame' and 'I'm Walkin.’

According to a TV station in New Orleans, he passed away this morning.

His daughter Karen Domino-White told WWL-TV he died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.

Domino was born in New Orleans on the 26th of February 1928.

His music career began in earnest in 1949 with the release of his debut record “The Fat Man” which went on to become the first Rock and Roll album to sell over one million copies.

He was a heavy influence on the genre and his 1949 track The Fat Man was widely considered to be the first ever Rock and Roll record.

He eventually went on to sell over 110 million records in a career spanning over five decades.

He is credited with inspiring countless artists including Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986 and was one of the first ten musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Lifetime

One of nine children, Domino was born on 26 February 1928 and taught piano by a brother-in-law.

While still a teenager, he performed in nightclubs before teaming up with trumpet player Dave Bartholomew, who would become his producer and co-writer.

Domino's music became a huge influence on rockers in the 1950s and 60s. Beatles legend John Lennon once told a radio station that Ain't That a Shame was the first song he learned to play.

In his later years, Domino rarely performed and stopped recording because companies wanted him to update his style.

"I refused to change," he told Ebony magazine. "I had to stick to my own style that I've always used or it just wouldn't be me."

Hurricane Katrina

In 2005, Domino was feared dead in Hurricane Katrina but he and his family were rescued from their New Orleans home and taken to a shelter in Baton Rouge.

The singer, who chose to stay at home as his wife Rosemary was in poor health, lost his gold records and National Medal of Arts in the disaster.

The latter was personally replaced by former president George W Bush.

Domino later lent his support to a number of Katrina charity projects and was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

He is survived by seven of his children.

With reporting from IRN ...