Rob is right about the off-topic thread...Nice call, but agreed, it's a terrible situation so I suppose we can forgive it.
The news now (from Fox via Rockrap) is that FATS DOMINO is missing.
'Fats' Domino Missing in New Orleans
Thursday, September 01, 2005
By Roger Friedman , FOX News
Katrina Benefits Should Acknowledge Local Legends
Before NBC, MTV or anyone else puts on a telethon
to help victims of
Hurricane Katrina, they might want to explore some
ancillary issues. To
wit: New Orleans is a city famous for its famous
musicians, but many of
them are missing. Missing with a capital M.
To begin with, one of the city’s most important
legends, Antoine "Fats"
, has not been heard from since Monday
afternoon. Domino’s rollicking
boogie-woogie piano and deep soul voice are not
only part of the Rock 'n'
Roll Hall of Fame but responsible for dozens of
hits like “Blue
Monday,” “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Blueberry Hill” and
“I’m Walking (Yes,
Indeed, I’m Talking).”
Domino, 76, lives with his wife Rosemary and
daughter in a three-story pink-
roofed house in New Orleans’ 9th ward, which is now
On Monday afternoon, Domino told his manager, Al
Embry of Nashville, that
he would “ride out the storm” at home. Embry is now
Calls have been made to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen
Blanco’s office and to
various police officials, and though there’s lots
of sympathetic response,
the whereabouts of Domino and his family remain a
In the meantime, another important Louisiana
musician who probably hasn’t
been asked to be in any telethons is the also
legendary Allen Toussaint.
Another Rock Hall member, Toussaint wrote Patti
LaBelle’s hit “Lady
Marmalade” and Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong
His arrangements and orchestrations for hundreds of
hit records, including
his own instrumentals “Whipped Cream” and “Java”
are American staples. (He
also arranged Paul Simon’s hit, “Kodachrome.”)
Last night, Toussaint was one of the 25,000 people
holed up at the New
Orleans Superdome hoping to get on a bus for
Houston’s Astrodome. I know
this because he got a message out to his daughter,
who relayed to it
Also not heard from by friends through last night:
New Orleans’s “Queen of
Soul” Irma Thomas, who was the original singer of
what became the Rolling
Stones’ hit, “Time is On My Side.”
Let’s hope and pray it is, because while the Stones
roll through the U.S.
on their $450-a-ticket tour, Thomas is missing in
action. Her club, The
Lion’s Den, is under water, as are all the famous
music hot spots of the
Similarly, friends are looking for Antoinette
K-Doe, widow of New Orleans
wild performer Ernie K-Doe. The Does have a famous
nightspot of their own
on N. Claiborne Avenue, called the Mother-in-Law
Lounge, in honor of
Ernie’s immortal hit, “The Mother-in-Law Song.”
Ernie K-Doe, who received a 1998 Pioneer Award from
the Rhythm and Blues
Foundation, died in 2001 at age 65.
Dry and safe, but in not much better shape, is the
famous Neville family of
New Orleans. Aaron Neville and many members of the
family evacuated on
Monday to Memphis, where they are now staying in a
But most of the Nevilles’ homes are destroyed,
reports their niece and my
colleague at “A Current Affair,” Arthel Neville.
She went down to her
hometown yesterday and called me from a boat that
was trying to get near
“This isn’t like having two feet of water in your
basement,” she said,
holding back tears. “Everything is destroyed. I am
just so lucky to have
been born here and to have had the experience of
She confirmed that there had been rumors of dead
bodies floating around her
Uncle Aaron’s house yesterday. So far, the Nevilles
are unannounced to
participate in Friday’s TV telethon.
And still there are plenty of other famous
musicians associated with New
Orleans who would probably like to be on TV if
they’re high and dry.
The Marsalis family comes from the city, and
they’ve played at most of the
well known clubs like Tipitina’s, The Maple Leaf,
Preservation Hall and
New Orleans is also one of the few cities with a
House of Blues. And Jimmy
Buffet’s Margharitaville Café chain has a local
franchise that is still an
New Orleans’ trademark sounds are Cajun and Zydeco.
So far none of the
listed benefits have named an act that plays that
kind of music.
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