THE ICON: Fats Domino
THE LEGACY: Born Antoine Dominique Domino Jr., in 1928, the portly piano prodigy from the Lower 9th Ward would be among the first nominees inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as the legendary Fats Domino. A contemporary of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, he recorded a string of 11 top-10 hits between 1955 and 1960 with a rolling-river piano style that sounded like nothing that came before.
THE ARTIST: Jeremy Paten, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “What they call rock and roll is rhythm and blues, and I’ve been playing it for 15 years in New Orleans.” — Fats Domino, 1956