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Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dies at age 89

He quit school at age 14, and worked days in a factory while playing and singing in local juke joints at night. It turned out that he and his family were rescued by boat from his home, where he lost three pianos and dozens of gold and platinum records, along with other memorabilia. “Fats embodies everything good about New Orleans,” his friend David Lind said in a 2008 interview. Domino told Ebony magazine that he stopped recording because companies wanted him to update his style. He stood 5-feet-5 and weighed more than 200 pounds, with a wide, boyish smile and a haircut as flat as an album cover. One of his show-stopping stunts was playing the piano while standing, throwing his body against it with the beat of the music and bumping the grand piano across the stage. 24, 2017. In 1949, Domino was playing at the Hideaway Club for $3 a week when he was signed by Imperial record company. Domino enjoyed a parade of successes through the early 1960s, including “Be My Guest” and “I’m Ready.” Another hit, “I’m Walkin,’” became the debut single for Ricky Nelson. But Domino sold more than 110 million records, with hits including “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t It a Shame” — in which he sang the lyrics as “ain’t that a shame” — and other standards of rock ‘n’ roll. Fats Waller and Albert Ammons were early influences. His dynamic performance style and warm vocals drew crowds for five decades. Scheduled to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2006, he simply tipped his hat to thousands of cheering fans. Aside from rare appearances in New Orleans, he dodged the spotlight in his later years, refusing to appear in public or even to give interviews. The front double doors opened into an atrium with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and ivory dominos set in a white marble floor. He also helped bridge rock ‘n’ roll and other styles — even country/western, recording Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya” and Bobby Charles’ “Walkin’ to New Orleans.”
Like many of his peers, Domino’s popularity tapered off in the 1960s as British and psychedelic rock held sway. But in May 2007, he was back, performing at Tipitina’s music club in New Orleans. <>In this Dec. Janet McConnaughey and Kevin McGill, The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — Fats Domino, the amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. As a youth, he taught himself popular piano styles — ragtime, blues and boogie-woogie — after his cousin left an old upright in the house. “He’s warm, fun-loving, spiritual, creative and humble. Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner’s office, said Domino died of natural causes at 3:30 a.m. Domino’s 1956 version of “Blueberry Hill” was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry of historic sound recordings worthy of preservation. But he cited his age and didn’t make the trip to the White House to get the medal from President Clinton. “All the girls, they love me, ’cause I know my way around.”
In 1955, he broke into the white pop charts with “Ain’t it a Shame,” covered blandly by Pat Boone as “Ain’t That a Shame” and rocked out decades later by Cheap Trick. Domino appeared in the rock ‘n’ roll film “The Girl Can’t Help It” and was among the first black performers to be featured in popular music shows, starring with Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers. 20, 2013 file photo, legendary musician Fats Domino is named “Honorary Grand Marshall” of the Krewe of Orpheus, the star-studded Carnival club that traditionally parades the night before Mardi Gras in New Orleans. He was one of the first 10 honorees named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Rolling Stone Record Guide likened him to Benjamin Franklin, the beloved old man of a revolutionary movement. 26, 1928, to a family that grew to include nine children. “I had to stick to my own style that I’ve always used or it just wouldn’t be me.”
Antoine and Rosemary Domino raised eight children in the same ramshackle neighborhood where he grew up, but they did it in style — in a white mansion, trimmed in pink, yellow and lavender. You don’t get more New Orleans than that.”Domino moved to the New Orleans suburb of Harvey after the storm but would often visit his publishing house, an extension of his old home in the Lower 9th Ward, inspiring many with his determination to stay in the city he loved. That performance was a highlight during several rough years. The preservation board noted that Domino insisted on performing the song despite his producer’s doubts, adding that Domino’s “New Orleans roots are evident in the Creole inflected cadences that add richness and depth to the performance.”

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“Despacito” ties Mariah Carey’s 16-week record at No. “They call me the Fat Man, because I weigh 200 pounds,” he sang. Fans cheered — and some cried — as Domino played “I’m Walkin’,” “Ain’t It a Shame,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Blueberry Hill” and a host of other hits. He was 89. “I refused to change,” he said. He recorded his first song, “The Fat Man,” in the back of a tiny French Quarter recording studio. In 1988, all of New Orleans seemed to be talking about him after he reportedly paid in cash for two Cadillacs and a $130,000 Rolls-Royce. The son of a violin player, Antoine Domino Jr. In appearance, he was no Elvis Presley. was born on Feb. When the salesman asked if he wanted to call his bank about financing, Domino smiled and said, “I am the bank.”
In 1998, he became the first purely rock ‘n’ roll musician to be awarded the National Medal for the Arts. Domino, the amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music even as it honored the grand, good-humored tradition of the Crescent City, has died. After losing their home and almost all their belongings to the floods, his wife of more than 50 years, Rosemary, died in April 2008. 1

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Domino became a global star but stayed true to his hometown, where his fate was initially unknown after Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. Tuesday. Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner’s office, said Domino died Tuesday, Oct. Many wondered if he would ever return to the stage. That was typical. He was 89.

Maroon 5 is coming to Denver in 2018

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Say what you will about Adam Levine, the frontman of Maroon 5, but at least he waited until “The Voice” ushered off its Denver contestant before celebrating the band’s next big tour. 30. The Red Pill Blues tour comes to Denver’s Pepsi Center on Sept. 16, 2017. Tickets to the show are $49.50-$149.50 and go on sale Nov. 9, 2018. Check out the band’s full list of tour dates here. Related Articles

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Maroon 5’s new tour kicks off in May 2018. The band’s new tour announcement comes a day before its latest album, “Red Pill Blues,” drops via Interscope. 4 at 10 a.m. American Express cardholders will have access to a pre-sale on Oct. Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Sept. Singer-songwriter Julia Michaels will perform in support.

Johnny Clegg comes to Boulder, the final stop of his farewell tour, to see out a meaningful career

Clegg’s first band, Juluka (“Sweat”) was South Africa’s first interracial musical group. He competed in Zulu dance contests, where he earned one of his first Zulu praise names. The Apartheid-supporting government especially hated songs like “Asimbononga,” a salute to Nelson Mandela, Steven Biko and other South African political activists. It has to be addressed.”
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Johnny Clegg, 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. Then a teenager living with his divorced mother in Johannesburg, a city more than 20 years into the South African apartheid regime, Clegg was running an errand when he heard Zulu guitarist Charlie Mzila. Clegg, who was about 16, responded by clutching his dance sandals, contained in a Checkers shopping bag, and hurrying away. “Globalization has failed to include a majority of people, who are angry and I just think there has to be a lot more thought put into why people are responding like this. Clegg, 64 and currently in remission from pancreatic cancer diagnosed in 2015, will conclude his farewell tour at the Boulder Theater on Nov. “These Zulu war songs had the same 6/8 rhythm, that kind of feel, as the Celtic music I listened to growing up, and it confounded me,” Clegg said in a telephone interview. “It gave me an entry point.”
Mzila became his mentor, introducing Clegg to the culture of migrant Zulu workers in Johannesburg, and then to their homelands as Clegg learned the language and Zulu dancing. And that song also marked a pinnacle in Clegg’s career when, during a 1999 concert in Germany, Mandela appeared on stage. In this case, Clegg and members of his group were attacked by a rival tribe at a dance. (Provided by SRO Artists)
Johnny Clegg wrote the soundtrack for the anti-Apartheid resistance in South Africa, with a Zulu backbeat and a racially diverse band that infuriated the white majority government as much as it inspired activists throughout the world. “Asimbononga” became so closely associated with Mandela that the Soweto Gospel Choir chose it for a flash-mob tribute at a Woolworth’s in the wake of Mandela’s death in December 2013. Juluka’s buoyant songs, particularly 1988’s “Shadow Man” and 1989’s “Heat, Dust and Dreams,” became Afro-pop/world music chart leaders, except in his home country, where they were banned by the African National Party government. Johnny Clegg plays his final Colorado show in Boulder on Nov. “Praise name” is something of a misnomer, since the name often ridicules its owner. Related Articles

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“I’d written that song eleven years earlier, for him, during the state of emergency in South Africa, and I had no idea he was in Germany that evening,” Clegg said. 2, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder; tickets $45 to $55 at bouldertheater.com or 303-786-7030 “The fact that race is still an issue, that we’re living in a time of nationalism and xenophobia, people wanting to secede, and the world is in a very wobbly state at the moment,” Clegg said. Clegg routinely went into areas designated for colored or black Africans, an offense that could mean jail or worse at a time when tire necklaces — humans trapped inside a burning tire – were common. What is the deeper reason for this anger, and how do we address that? “It was an amazing moment.”
Though the video of that concert suggests a step forward in race relations, Clegg’s farewell tour finds the world in a less-promising state. When the dust settled, his Zulu friends renamed him “Runs away with Checkers package.”

Another Zulu praise name is “The whites hate you, they hate you in Kilarney, the people of the flatland hate you, and particularly the caretakers hate you,” a compellation that acknowledged Clegg’s frequent arrests for breaking South Africa’s Group Areas Act law meant to segregate people with different skin hues. The music echoed the Celtic folk music that filled Clegg’s home. 2, his final stop on a route of cities and towns that long embraced the exuberant music and political message of a career that began at age 14. 2.