Full Name: Antoine Dominique Domino Jr.
Biography: 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 (New York City), announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B records (DJ's play Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame," not Pat Boone's)
- 1986-01-23 Inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chuck Berry; James Brown; Ray Charles; Sam Cooke; Fats Domino; The Everly Brothers; Buddy Holly;. Jerry Lee Lewis; Elvis Presley; Little Richard; Robert Johnson; Jimmie Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey; Alan Freed; John Hammond; and Sam Phillips