Fats Domino – who pioneered the rock ‘n’ roll sound of the 1950s and 60s – has died in his home city of New Orleans aged 89.
The American singer – pianist and recording artist inspired countless artists including Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
The youngest of eight siblings Domino spent his teenage years doing odd jobs such as working on an ice truck and at the Crescent City Bed Factory.
But from an early age his talent was always the piano and he would go onto develop the utterly unique style and vocals that would draw millions of fans from around the world.
Beginning his music career in 1949 he teamed up with trumpet player and band leader Dave Bartholomew – who produced and co-wrote Domino’s first record ‘The Fat Man’ that same year.
It was the first rock and roll record to sell over a million copies and achieved a No.2 ranking on the R&B charts.