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Fats Domino
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Fats Domino

Fats Domino, the genial, good-natured symbol of the dawn of rock and roll and the voice and piano behind enduring hits like "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That a Shame," died October 25th at the age of 89 in Louisiana.

A contemporary of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, Domino was among the first acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"Rest in peace Fats Domino, the great rock 'n' roll pianist and singer who thrilled us in our early days in Liverpool," Paul McCartney wrote on his website. "His hit records like 'Ain't That a Shame,' 'Blueberry Hill,' 'I'm in Love Again' and many others introduced us to the sounds of New Orleans rock 'n' roll.

"His voice, piano playing and musical style was a huge influence on us," McCartney added, "and his appearance in the film The Girl Can't Help It was truly magnificent."

"As one of my favorite rock 'n' roll singers, I will remember him fondly and always think of him with that twinkle in his eye."

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