Fats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. His achievements and record sales during that time were rivaled only by Elvis Presley. With his boogie-woogie piano playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues and jazz, he became one of the inventors, along with Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard of a revolutionary genre of music, rock ‘n’ roll.
In celebration of Fats Domino’s 88th birthday, THIRTEEN’s American Masters presents “Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock n’ Roll,” premiering nationwide during Black History Month on Friday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS.
The one-hour documentary traces how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues morphed into rock ‘n’ roll, appealing to Black and White audiences alike. Actor Clarke Peters narrates.