"Ain't That A Shame" rhythm-and-blues singer's legacy will live on in rock 'n' roll
Fats Domino was one of the leading pioneers in rock 'n' roll with an impressive 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40.
Rock 'n' Roll legend, Fats Domino, passed away peacefully in his home in New Orleans today after battling with a long illness. Domino first gained attention in 1949 with the release of his song called "The Fat Man" which has been credited as the beginning of rock 'n' roll. He rose to fame with other hits like "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That A Shame."
Domino was born in 1928 in New Orleans where he resided most of his life. His musical influence was largely taken from the boogie woogie music style of that time. He was also in the midst of the Louisiana blues style music that was prominent in New Orleans in the 1940s and 50s.
Talented piano player and vocalist, his style may sound dated to young listeners today, but he was one of the pioneers paving the way for rock 'n' roll and modern music as we know it. In 1956, five of his songs made it in the Top 40 with "Blueberry Hill" reaching number two. This song has also been recorded by Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, and Jerry Lee Lewis. With 65 million record sales, Domino sold the most rock 'n' roll records after Elvis Presley.
Fats Domino get his photo taken in 1957
In 1986, Domino was included in the first group of musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among other inducted with him that year were Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly.
According to The Independent UK, Fats Domino had such a prolific affect on Elvis Presley, that he refused to answer to his popular title "King of Rock 'n' Roll" when Fats Domino was around.
His music has influenced musicians from the 40s to today. Paul McCartney famously says that The Beatles song, Lady Madonna, was written to mirror the Fats Domino style.
Musicians and celebrities have been posting about their love for the musician on Twitter
Fats Domino was a music legend and is among the musicians who will be remembered for pioneering the world of rock 'n' roll and ultimately changing music. Losing him means losing another great rock legend who shall not soon be forgotten.
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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