In this Nov. 9, 2007 file photo, music legend Fats Domino performs on the NBC "Today" television show in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Fats Domino, the amiable rock 'n' roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, died Tuesday.He was one of the first 10 honorees named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Rolling Stone Record Guide likened him to Benjamin Franklin, the beloved old man of a revolutionary movement.His dynamic performance style and warm vocals drew crowds for five decades. The son of a violin player, Antoine Domino Jr. was born on Feb. 26, 1928, to a family that grew to include nine children.Domino appeared in the rock 'n' roll film "The Girl Can't Help It" and was among the first black performers to be featured in popular music shows, starring with Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers. He also helped bridge rock 'n' roll and other styles -- even country/western, recording Hank Williams' "Jambalaya" and Bobby Charles' "Walkin' to New Orleans".
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