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Fats Domino (1928- ) is an African-American singer songwriter who was one of the best-selling rhythm & blues and rock and roll music artists of the 1950s. He is best known not only for his rotund figure, but also for his charisma on stage and in front of his piano.

In 1949, singer Fats Domino recorded several tracks for Imperial Records, including "The Fat Man," a rhythm and blues track that is today regarded by some as the first rock and roll record. In 1954 and 1955, Domino performed on the lineups for some of Alan "Moondog" Freed's "Rock 'N' Roll" showcases drawing black as well as white fans.

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