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Fats Domino, the New Orleans musician whose hit versions of "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That a Shame" were part of the opening salvo of rock "n" roll in the 1950s, has died at the age of 89.

Domino released a string of singles including: "Ain't That a Shame", "Blueberry Hill", "I'm Walkin", and "The Big Beat" among many others. "Ain't That a Shame" reached the pop chart top-ten, though a more mainstream cover by white singer Pat Boone reached #1.

Born Antoine Domino, and a lifelong resident of New Orleans' Ninth Ward, his mansion was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Katrina. Hits like 1957's "I'm Walkin'", 1959's "I Want to Walk You Home" and 1960's "Walking to New Orleans" followed. He was taught to the piano by his brother-in-law and began performing in music clubs and bars in the 1940s. Domino died of natural causes at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame couldn't be here today if it wasn't for Fats Domino", said Goehrke. In 1998, President Bill Clinton also awarded him with the National Medal of Arts.

In 2007, a number of artists including Neil Young, Elton John and Norah Jones came together for a special live album containing only his songs, titled Going Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino. He stated that his family "lost everything" in the disaster, and they lived in nearby Harvey, Louisiana, while their home was gutted and rehabbed. At a 1969 press conference, Presley once dubbed Domino the "real King of Rock and Roll".

Domino, named Rolling Stone's 25th Greatest Artist of all Time in 2004, is often credited as one of, if not the, inventor of Rock and Roll.

Domino was married to Rosemary Domino for 60 years before her death in 2008 and the duo had eight children.

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