The PBS show "American Masters" continues their award-winning ways with their latest episode about one of the founders of "rock 'n' roll" music, Fats Domino. He took modern music in the mid-fifties and shook it up to help create a new form of music. The hour-long documentary tells the tale of the life of Fats Domino, including his introduction to music by his brother-in-law and his love for the "boogie-woogie" jazz piano style.
Being brought up in New Orleans, Fats Domino was surrounded by all this great music in the clubs, which helped Fats hone his skills on the piano. His first hit was "The Fat Man" in 1949, which paved the way for Fats Domino to play his style of music, combining jazz and rhythm & blues to create this new form of music, called rock 'n' roll. His signature song "Ain't That A Shame" skyrocketed up the 1955 music charts and opened the doors for other artists like Little Richard and Chuck Berry to follow Fats into the "rock 'n' roll" era. This led to Fats Domino becoming the biggest star in music in 1956, topping the music chart numerous times, appearing on television and even starring in movies as his music was everywhere. Not only did his music break down the walls for black musicians, it also helped with the integration of black and white people. His legacy continues through famous artists like John Lennon and Paul McCartney naming Fats Domino as an influence on the music of The Beatles as their influence grows on this generation of musicians.
This latest episode of "American Masters" will air on PBS this Friday, February 26. Check your local listings for times. For more information on this episode, please visit pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters.