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Fats Domino Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 1:50 PM EST, Sat February 22, 2014

(CNN) -- Here is a look a the life of award winning singer, songwriter and pianist Fats Domino.

Birth Name: Antoine Domino, Jr.

Birth date: February 26, 1928

Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana

Marriage: Rosemary (August 6, 1947-March 10, 2008, her death)

Children: Antoinette, Antoine III, Andrea, Andre, Anatole, Anola, Adonica, and Antonio

Other Facts:
Has sold over 65 million albums.

"Blueberry Hill," "Ain't That a Shame," and "I'm Walkin'" are some of his biggest hits.

The singer Chubby Checker's stage name was a word play on Fats Domino.

1949 - His album, "The Fat Man," is released. The single, "The Fat Man," reaches #2 on the R&B charts and sells a million copies.

1986 - Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1987 - Receives the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

1995 - Receives the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

1998 - Wins the National Medal for the Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts.

August 29, 2006 - President George W. Bush presents Domino with a new National Medal of the Arts. His first one was lost during Hurricane Katrina.

January 27, 2007 - Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Best of the Beat Music Awards in New Orleans. Mayor Ray Nagin declares January 27, 2007, as Fats Domino Day.

November 22, 2008 - "Fats Domino: Walkin' Back to New Orleans," a documentary of his life, premieres on Louisiana Public Broadcast television.

May 30, 2009 - Is inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. The ceremony is held in conjunction with a fundraiser, The Domino Effect, to rebuild schools and playgrounds. Little Richard accepts the plaque as Domino watches from a private suite nearby.