Symphonic Saturday – RIP Fats Domino


rest-in-peaceWhile Canada still mourns the loss of Gord Downie, the world now reels at the loss of Fats Domino, aka The Fat Man.

It’s quite likely that there are many out there who don’t realize just how many musicians were influenced by the music of Fats Domino. I thought I’d say a few words, so others can understand just how great a loss he is to music as a whole.

Ska pretty much wouldn’t exist as a genre.

Fats also invented bling.

The Beatles had mentioned his influence on them on numerous occasions. Paul McCartney did a rendition of Ain’t That A Shame. They even made a song called Lady Madonna in tribute to Fats and Fats did his own version of it.

Even Elvis claimed The Fat Man as an inspiration to him.

Countless artists have done covers of his songs over the years including punk artists and even Vladamir Putin.

There have been a number of tributes to his music over the years. Here’s one. Here’s an entire playlist of tributes from people including Tom Petty, Elton John, and Lenny Kravitz.

It’s hard to be sad while listening to such upbeat music. I guess that was part of what Fats did for the world too.

Someday, I hope to be able to play some of his songs.

I’ll leave you with this Blueberry Hill compilation.

R~

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