Fats Domino Plays Hometown of New Orleans Once More

Published: 2007-05-22
Rock 'n' roll legend Fats Domino played his first show since Hurricane Katrina in his hometown of New Orleans this past Saturday.

It was his first public performance since the fall of 2005 and he sang and played his piano to hundreds of fans in a sold-out New Orleans night club, accompanied on the saxophone with friend Herbert Hardesty.

Domino was most prolific and successful during the 1950s and 1960s, and his biggest hits included the songs "Walkin' to New Orleans" and "Blue Monday", which he performed for the crowd Saturday night.

The show was put on by the non-profit Tipitina's Foundation, an organization that attempts to improve access to musical education for the public schools of New Orleans as well as help artists who were affected by the hurricane. The foundation is also working on a record that will pay tribute to Domino, with covers of his songs by big-name musicians such as Willie Nelson, B.B. King and Elton John.

The 79-year-old Domino was one such artist who lost many of his beloved possessions, including his gold and platinum records, during the natural disaster that flooded his home. A quarter of the proceeds from the show would be going towards renovations of Domino's home, who hopes to return living in it sometime this year.

For more information on the Tipitina's Foundation: http://www.tipitinasfoundation.org.

Writer: Stephanie Ng Wan

   

 

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