I woke up to find out Fats Domino has died at 89. He was one of my favorites. As a little kid, I'd borrow my mom's 45's (remember those?). I'd listen to all his great songs: I'm Walkin', I Want to Walk You Home, Whole Lotta Lovin'.
As kids in the '70s, most of my friends only knew his stuff when Richie Cunningham would sing "Blueberry Hill" on Happy Days, or when Cheap Trick had a hit with "Ain't That a Shame" on their live album (fun fact: John Lennon also covered that song on an album).
I never got to see him live, but...I once bought the handwritten lyrics to "Blue Monday" for $500 at a music memorabilia auction. But when I got them, it wasn't what I expected. They were neatly written out, and signed by Domino. I looked at my album and realized it was Domino's writing partner and producer Dave Bartholomew that wrote that track. So...I got my money back for that. Eventually, I did buy an autographed photo of Domino for about $40. I took an all glass picture frame, and glued dominoes all around the side of it to make my own frame. Still one of my favorite pieces in my music collection.