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Fats Domino Missing In New Orleans

Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:09 pm

Was fowarded this by Dave Marsh's Rockrap site:

'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
under water.

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
through friends.

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
New Orleans."

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
Muddy Waters.

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.
Last edited by Gregory Nolan Jr. on Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:18 pm

That's terrible, my heart goes out to the family's of everyone missing, I hope we get to hear something quick.


Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:21 pm

I just heard about Fats Domino a little while ago, and came here to ask if anyone had heard anything when I saw this thread. God help them all.

Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:28 pm

The situation is clearly getting more and more frantic in New Orleans. So sad...

Elvis fan

Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:55 pm

Terrible news.
I just visited the following page.
There are currently 5739 MISSING PERSONS entries.

Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:00 pm

And it goes on and on. Like a Goddamned nightmare.

Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:47 pm

I hope he's OK, this is terrible



Thu Sep 01, 2005 10:02 pm



Fats Domino was missing Thursday, days after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, said his longtime agent, Al Embry.
Embry told The Associated Press that he hadn't been able to contact Domino since talking to him Sunday evening by phone.

The 77-year-old R&B legend, whose real name is Antoine Domino, told Embry that he planned to stay at his New Orleans house with his wife, Rosemary, and their daughter.

"I hope somebody turns him up, but as of right now, we haven't got anybody that knows where he's at," said Embry, who has worked with Domino for 28 years. "I would think he might be safe because somebody said he was on top of the balcony."

Checquoline Davis, Domino's niece, posted a message on Thursday pleading for information. Davis wrote that Domino, his wife, their children and grandchildren "didn't get out" of the second floor.

Domino, who has rarely appeared in public in recent years, has a home in the 9th ward, a low-lying area of the flooded city.

Getting information on possible missing persons has been nearly impossible as phone lines for hospitals and police haven't been working.

Domino has sold more than 110 million records in his long career, including the legendary singles "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That a Shame."

His 1950 recording of "The Fat Man" is sometimes called the first real rock 'n' roll record. He was among the first honorees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Thu Sep 01, 2005 10:21 pm

Brings it much closer to home with all those familiar names. I hope they all reappear somewhere.

As someone in another thread already stated: there's a lot of history lost too.

Thu Sep 01, 2005 10:26 pm

I hope Fats is okay to the same degree that I hope everyone else whos currently missing is also okay.

Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:17 am

My thoughts are with all the people of New Orleans. It's very sad, unbelievable.


Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:50 am

The outlook doesn't seem to be good. I will continue to pray as others have for him and the rest of the victims.

Fri Sep 02, 2005 2:19 am

Oh Good Lord, will this never stop? Things are getting worse every day. I hope and pray for all of the poor people. I do know all of the people mentioned in Greg's post. I love them all, as I love those that I never met. What have they done to deserve such tragedy? My husband's favorite song (well, one of them) is Ernie's Mother-in-law. (I wonder why? Actually, I think he's thinking of MY mother-in-law because he never met my mom.) Now Ernie's wife is missing? And, FATS DOMINO - no, he can't be. But I heard on the news that he is.

A lot of the people who are stuck on highway ramps or wherever they dropped them haven't eaten in two days! Some who are being transported have to stand in packed buses for 8 hours. It is a mess! How long can those babies go without milk or even water? And, they are doing it all in terrible heat and humidity.
In great, great sadness, sue

Fri Sep 02, 2005 3:55 am

Any new info about Fats Domino?? I am really praying for him and all the people from there..
Besides that I love the song Mother In Law....
My thoughts are all with you from New Orleans and other states affected.

Best Regards

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:06 am

He's been rescued! I hope he'll be alright.


Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:25 am

TINML wrote:He's been rescued! I hope he'll be alright.


I was actually just about to post that link........thanks!

Thank God he's ok!!!!!!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:40 am

ALRIGHT! Finally some good news to come out of this! I thought he was gone for sure.

Elvis fan

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:45 am

Hell yeah, I just read it too!!! KICK ASS!!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:42 am

I didn't know that until reading that now!

Had pulled out my Fats 45s and CDs, too.

"I'm Walkin,' Yes, Indeed I'm Talkin'...!"

Seriously, that's one of the only bright spots I can imagine.

And is Irma Thomas still missing? Allen Toussaint among those masses
at the Superdome?

Also, a lot of you might not know him but 70-something
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown apparently lost his home and also
hasn't been seen. ( blues/jazz/ hillbilly-style singer/ guitarist/
and fiddle player. I'll have to check up on that story.)

What day, what a week. :!:

I'm appalled at how this thing was handled. What a botched
situation. (I know, I know : other thread...)

Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:31 am

The flood is what is such a tragedy upon a tragedy... they just can't get anyone in there as fast as they would like. Katrinas final trump card appears to me time... and its running out fast.

Elvis fan

Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:54 am

I'll still be praying tonite for this nightmare to end RIGHT NOW!!!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:05 am

Greg- Look up Fats' 1965 recording "Wigs" it's one of the funniest and most subversive recordings he ever did. It doesn't have the overfamiliarity of some Fats' Imperial stuff although that is the heart of his legacy.

I am sorry to hear about Gatemouth Brown. His story is sadly too familiar in these past few days. This really is an unprecedented disaster in the US.

Fri Sep 02, 2005 1:05 pm

Thanks God he was rescued! Let´s keep positive thoughts for those who needs so much now....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 1:10 pm

Thank God