Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. is born in New Orleans. One of nine children, he learns the fundamentals of music from his brother-in-law, Harrison Verret.
Having signed to the Imperial label, Fats Domino cuts eight tracks during his first recording session at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studios. . They include “The Fat Man” (adapted from a song called “Junkers Blues"), which reaches #2 on the R&B chart and reportedly sold a million copies. Some regard it as the first rock and roll record.
“Goin’ Home” becomes the first of nine #1 hits for Fats Domino on the R&B chart. It is released on Imperial records. Those nine singles will top the R&B chart for a combined 51 weeks between 1952-59, amounting to nearly a full year’s worth of chart supremacy!
Fats Domino performs as part of the Alan Freed-promoted “Moondog Jubilee of Stars Under the Stars” at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Other acts on the bill
Fats Domino releases “Ain’t That a Shame,” previously popularized by Gene Autry and Glenn Miller. Domino’s version tops the R&B chart for 11 weeks, eventually entering the pop charts in mid-July. It is the first in a string of 37 crossover hits for Domino during the next eight years.
Fats Domino hits #1 on the R&B chart and #10 on the pop chart with “Ain’t That A Shame”, #1 on the R&B chart with “All By Myself” and #1 on the R&B chart with “Poor Me”. All three singles are released on Imperial records.
‘Rock and Rollin’ With Fats Domino’, his first long-playing album, is released on the Imperial label.
Fats Domino hits #1 on the R&B chart and #3 on the pop chart with “I’m In Love Again” on Imperial records.
Fats Domino appears with Big Joe Turner in the breakthrough rock and roll film Shake, Rattle and Roll, performing three songs. A month later, he also turns up in The Girl Can’t Help It, singing “Blue Monday.”
Fats Domino’s highest-charting Top 40 hit, “Blueberry Hill,” reaches #2 (and tops the R&B chart for 11 weeks). It is held back from the top pop spot by Guy Mitchell’s “Singing the Blues.” Despite a career as hit-filled as his, Domino will—like Creedence Clearwater Revival—never have a #1 pop record. Might it have to do with the fact that both recorded for independent labels?
Fats Domino appears as part of “The Biggest Show of Stars for ‘57,” a three-month touring extravaganza that also features Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, Bill Doggett, the Moonglows and others.
Fats Domino hits #1 on the R&B chart and #4 on the pop chart with the Imperial records single “I’m Walkin’.”
Fats Domino hits #1 on the R&B chart and #8 (9/14) on the pop chart with the Imperial records release “I Want To Walk You Home.”
“Walking to New Orleans,” Fats Domino’s last Top Ten pop hit, is released. It reaches #2 on the R&B chart.
After nearly 14 years on the Imperial label, Fats Domino signs with ABC-Paramount when his contract expires. He’ll also record for the Mercury and Reprise labels during the Sixties.
Fats Domino’s last single to make Billboard’s Top 100 Pop Singles chart is a cover of the Beatles’ “Lady Madonna,” a song that had been affectionately written in the Domino style by Paul McCartney.
Fats Domino is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner, held in New York City. Billy Joel is his presenter.
Fats Domino receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th annual Grammy Awards. It is noted that he is “one of the most important links between rhythm & blues and rock and roll.”
Christmas Is a Special Day, Fats Domino’s first major-label album in 25 years, is released on EMI/Right Stuff.