His first hit came in 1948. Only it was called Rhythm and Blues, it was rock. Three chord progression rock and roll. Fats Domino was playing rock and roll before there was such a thing!
As you study the influences of Mick Jagger, you can't help but get a glimpse of why he's still doing what he is going as he heads into his 70s! Mick Jagger was influenced by the best. The Rolling Stones took their name from a verse in a Muddy Waters song.
"They call me a rolling stone."
Mick had the pleasure of meeting Fats Domino, another of his favorite rock and rollers. Mick asked him "if you could give me one piece of advise, what would that be?"
Fats said: "Make your words hard for them to understand. Keep 'em guessing. They will buy more of your records that way. They'll buy them so they can hear the words."
A stroke of genius.
Here's where the smarts come in: Mick actually followed Fats' advice. He used it to his advantage as he took lyrics to new depths. Maybe he took them too far. But he made his point. Or, should we say, he made Fats Domino's point:
"Keep 'em guessing."
We have exclusive pictures of Fats Dominos home and the surrounding neighborood before Katrina. These pictures were taken less than 3 months before the landscape would be changed forever and have been concluded to be the last actual pictures on record of Fats' home.