Famend pianist Fat Domino has New Orleans avenue renamed in his honor

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans avenue the place one of many founders of rock ‘n’ roll spent most of his life is being renamed in his honor.

A community-wide Second line and Musical Celebration begins at 11 a.m. Saturday on the longtime dwelling of Antoine “Fat” Domino on Caffin Avenue, which can now be often known as Antoine “Fat” Domino Avenue. Led by the Stooges Brass Band, the second line will proceed down the renamed avenue to Oliver Bush Park, the place musical tributes to Domino will happen.

Domino bought greater than 110 million data, with hits together with “Blueberry Hill,” ″Ain’t {That a} Disgrace” — initially titled “Ain’t It A Disgrace”— and different requirements of rock ‘n’ roll. Saturday’s free celebration will function performances by Kermit Ruffin, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Al “Little Fat” Jackson and Domino’s grandson, Antoine Domino Jr.

Rev. Willie Calhoun, who has lived within the Decrease 9 his complete life and is without doubt one of the celebration’s organizers, stated the popularity for Domino is a long-time coming.

“Fat by no means left town and he’s by no means actually been celebrated, despite the fact that he selected to remain in New Orleans and to lift his household within the Decrease 9,” Calhoun stated. “He had a option to stay wherever he needed and he made the selection to stay proper right here.

“I feel this occasion will assist carry some life and recognition to the neighborhood. The Decrease 9 has gotten a lot adverse press, we needed to carry folks again to the world and present them the explanation why Fat stayed. He stayed as a result of it is a worthwhile and viable group.”

Domino died Oct. 24, 2017, of pure causes on the age of 89. He survived the large flooding that adopted Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, however needed to be rescued by boat from his dwelling, the place he tried to trip out the storm. Storm surge flood waters poured into the Decrease ninth Ward, knocking many houses off their foundations. A big barge was swept by flood waters into the neighborhood, leveling houses beneath it. The realm was flooded once more by Hurricane Rita a month later.

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