Full Name: Antoine Dominique Domino Jr.
Why Famous: As one of the biggest stars of the early rock'n'roll era, "Fats" Domino had more than three dozen Top 40 hits throughout the 1950s and early '60s.
Selling over 65 million records, Domino was commercially second only to Elvis Presley, who publicly acknowledged Domino as a predecessor.
Almost entirely self-taught, Domino took inspiration from such artists as Meade Lux Lewis, Pinetop Smith and Amos Milburn, shaping a career that would last over five decades.
- 1955-08-19 WINS radio, announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B (DJs must play Fats Domino's "Ain't It A Shame," not Pat Boone's)