A New Orleans street is renamed in honor of music pioneer Antoine “Fats” Domino whose debut record, “The Fat Man”, released in 1949, was the first rock n’ roll record to sell over a million copies.
A celebration for the name change is taking place Saturday with Domino’s family and several organizations on the old Caffin Avenue in New Orleans, the Lower 9th Ward street where Domino lived.
“He wouldn’t believe it would actually happen. You know, he was so humble,” Domino’s daughter, Andrea Domino Brimmer, told ABC News.
A community parade led by the Stooges Brass Band will begin at 11 a.m. outside Domino’s Publishing House and continue down Antoine “Fats” Domino Street to Oliver Bush Park where several musical guests will perform, including the grandson of Domino, Antonio Domino Jr.
“He loved New Orleans. He loved everything about New Orleans. And even when Hurricane Katrina was approaching, he didn’t want to leave. So we’re truly honored to have the community recognize him in this way,” Antoinette Domino Smith , another from Domino’s Girls, told ABC News.
“They love him here in the community, especially in the Lower 9 where he was born and raised. He was true to his roots. He could have lived anywhere in the country, but he wanted to stay here at home. New Orleans. He loved New Orleans and it shows people love him back. They love him back,” Domino Brimmer said.
Domino has lived his entire life in New Orleans, surviving massive flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and Hurricane Rita a month later. On October 24, 2017, he died of natural causes at the age of 89.
“All he wanted to do with his music was bring people together and make people happy. That’s what made him happy,” said Domino Brimmer. “We hope a lot of people will come and celebrate this occasion with us because it’s for them too.” .