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William Dejong-Lambert

rock and roll musician, was born Antoine Domino in the Crescent City, New Orleans, one of nine children. His first language was French, and he was born into a musical family. His father was a well-known violinist, and Antoine was taught to play the piano by his brother-in-law, Harrison Verret, who was twenty years his senior. His first performance took place when he was ten years old, and he dropped out of school at fourteen to work in a factory so that he could play in nightclubs. When he was nineteen years old he married Rosemary Hall, with whom he would go on to raise eight children. Among his early influences were the boogie-woogie innovator Albert Ammons and the jazz pianist Fats Waller.

Domino joined the Dave Bartholomew band in the 1940s, and in 1949 he signed to the Imperial Records label and made his first independent ...

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Langdon Winner

(b New Orleans, 26 Feb 1928; d Harvey, LA, 24 Oct 2017). American rock and roll singer, pianist, and songwriter. He studied the piano from the age of nine, and in his early teens developed a boogie-woogie technique derived from the playing styles of Kid Stormy Weather, Sullivan Rock, and Drive ’em Down (Willie Hall). His pleasant, nasal singing style was influenced by the singer and guitarist Smiley Lewis (Amos Overton Lemmon). By the time he was 21, Domino was house pianist at the Hideaway Club, where he was heard by the trumpeter and bandleader Dave Bartholomew; together they recorded The Fat Man (1950 a rhythm and blues hit that launched Domino s career Domino s soft understated singing was a perfect contrast to the powerful saxophone riffs of Bartholomew s band of black musicians whose rambling sound midway stylistically ...

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Aaron Myers

As a songwriter, pianist, and singer, Fats Domino produced songs that topped both rhythm and blues and rock and roll charts during the 1950s. He was one of the few black musicians of the 1950s to successfully span rhythm and blues (R&B) and rock and roll, appealing to young white audiences while maintaining his popularity with black audiences. His formula for success paired a driving, Boogie-woogie style of piano playing with a rich, Creole-accented singing voice.

Born Antoine Domino Jr., he was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where French Creole was his first language. He learned to play the piano by the age of nine and performed locally as a teenager. Domino's musical career took off in the late 1940s after he teamed up with Dave Bartholomew, who had played trumpet for Duke Ellington and his band About this time Domino acquired the nickname Fats After ...

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David Brackett

(b Macon, GA, Dec 5, 1932). American rhythm and blues singer, songwriter and pianist. His early influences were gospel music, Louis Jordan and other jump blues and urban blues artists of the late 1940s. After making several unsuccessful recordings in the early 1950s, he recorded Tutti Frutti in September 1955, which was a success in both the rhythm and blues and the pop charts. Although part of the first wave of rock and roll hits, it was far more aggressive and retained more aspects of African-American vernacular music-making than other early recordings in this style.

Tutti Frutti set the tone for the Little Richard's hits that followed between 1956 and 1958 over a fast boogie shuffle rhythm with many stop time breaks he sings playful double entendres near the top of his range in a searing timbre interspersed with trademark falsetto whoops His ...

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He was born Richard Penniman in Macon, Georgia, one of twelve children in a family divided by the religious concerns of some (many were Seventh-day Adventist preachers), and the more secular interests of others (his father was a bootlegger). Little Richard was kicked out of the house at age thirteen for reasons that remain unclear, but probably relate to his precocious and adventurous sexuality. He was taken in by a white family who owned the Tick Tock Club in Macon, where Little Richard began his musical career.

After several years of playing throughout the South and recording in Atlanta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas, Little Richard sent a demonstration tape in 1955 to Specialty Records, a Rhythm and Blues label based in Los Angeles California Specialty found the tapes promising and arranged a recording session in New Orleans Louisiana This turned out to be one of the germinal sessions of ...

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Eric Weisbard

pioneering rock and roll singer, songwriter, and pianist, was born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia, the third of twelve children born to Charles “Bud” Penniman, a brick mason, and Leva Mae (maiden name unknown). His was a family of Seventh-Day Adventist preachers and bootleggers—not the last time that sin and salvation would mix in this performer's life story. As a child, Penniman suffered abuse from his peers because his right leg was shorter than his left. “The kids didn't realize I was crippled,” he told his biographer. “They thought I was trying to twist and walk feminine. The kids would call me faggot, sissy, freak” (Rolling Stone, 19 July–2 Aug. 1984).

Although he learned to play piano and grew up singing in church with his family as the Penniman Singers and Tiny Tots Quartet Penniman was kicked out of the house at ...