Of French Creole background from the Lower Ninth Ward, Fats Domino was introduced to music in his early life thanks to his brother-in-law trumpet player Harrison Verret.
Fats Domino began playing music in his teens, and joined local bassist Billy Diamond, who gave him the nickname "Fats". Second to Elvis Presley, Fats Domino sold more records (65 million) than any other 50s artist, and between 1950 and 1963, reached the Billboard pop chart 63 times.
Following Hurricane Katrina (2005), rumors began circulating that Fats Domino had perished, as he'd refused to evacuate his home. He and his family were rescued by the Coast Guard on September 1st, and the following year he released "Alive and Kickin'", donating a portion of the sales to musicians in New Orleans.