Fats Domino

Fats Domino

by Michael Democker


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Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr., the grandson of Creole slaves, was born in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans. While making ends meet as an iceman's assistant, Fats fell in love with music, adding his own unique style of singing and piano playing. Many would call his first song, "The Fat Man," the first rock-and-roll record. In post-World War II America, the music of Fats Domino would become wildly popular. His music crossed racial lines at a time when African Americans were fighting for civil rights. His songs would also influence a generation of musicians, including the Beatles. Late in his lifetime, he would face down one of his greatest challenges, a hurricane named Katrina. Fats, like New Orleans, would recover, bringing his legendary music to the world once more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781624694103
Publisher: Purple Toad Pub Inc
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Series: Righteous Rockers
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Iceman's Assistant 4

New Orleans 9

Chapter 2 Born in the Big Easy 10

Jazz Funerals and Second Lines 17

Chapter 3 From Antoine to Fats 18

What Is a Record? 25

Chapter 4 Music for Everybody 26

Jim Crow Laws and Musicians 33

Chapter 5 The Hurricane and After 34

Hurricane Katrina 41

Chronology 42

Chapter Notes 43

Further Reading 44

Works Consulted 44

On the Internet 45

Glossary 46

Index 48

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