Thursday, September 01, 2005

Fats Domino, 1928-2005(?)

from Chris Clarke at Creek Running North:

The news services have this now, but - Hat tip to Phil G. - Wikipedia has the best bio:

In the 1980s, Domino decided he would no longer leave New Orleans, having a comfortable income from royalties and a dislike for touring, and claiming he could not get any food that he liked anyplace else. His induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and an invitation to perform at the White House failed to get Domino to make an exception to this policy. He lives in a mansion in a predominantly working-class 9th Ward neighborhood, where he is a familiar sight in his bright pink Cadillac. He makes yearly appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and other local events, with performances demonstrating his undiminished talents.
When Hurricane Katrina was approaching New Orleans in August 2005, Domino chose to stay at home with his wife, Rosemary, and their daughter. On September 1, Al Embry, his agent, announced that he had not heard from Domino since before the hurricane had struck. His pink-roofed three-story house was located in New Orleans' 9th ward, an area that is heavily flooded.
A rescue team dispatched to the flooded residence removed the bodies of three unidentified individuals. No positive identification has been made, but the team said they believe it to be the missing family.

Expect more news like this. This is a human, ecological, and economic disaster. What's becoming clear is that it's a cultural disaster as well.


Melinda Casino said...

Damn, I'm sorry to read that...

Melinda Casino said...

Hi - I just heard on the news that he's alive and well. The TV news report didn't say anything about his family, though.