Fats Domino dies at 89; gave rock music a New Orleans flavor

Fats Domino made even Vladimir Putin rock out

But Antoine "Fats" Domino - who died on Tuesday at the age of 89 - can claim an even greater achievement: getting Vladimir Putin to let loose.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office told TMZ that Domino died of natural causes with his body being released to a funeral home.

He was a pioneer of New Orleans R&B, had a major hand in the advent of rock "n" roll and inspired the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

"He was a world-class musician, known for his shaping of rock "n" roll as we know it", New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement.

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"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". The former Beatle recalled meeting the rocker in Domino's hometown of New Orleans, where "he was wearing a huge star spangled diamond encrusted watch which was our first encounter with bling!"

"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", McCartney continued.

Despite finding global fame, Domino never moved out of the working-class Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans where he and his late wife Rosemary raised eight children and he would sometimes be spotted sleeping outside in a hammock. He himself was named Antoine. "Now that is pure Fats!"

Domino signed onto the new Imperial Records, where he would co-write songs with longtime collaborator Dave Bartholomew, a New Orleans trumpeter.

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