American Masters

Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll

Season 30 Episode 4 | 53m 13s

One of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s, Fats Domino and his record sales were rivaled then only by Elvis Presley. With his boogie-woogie piano playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz, he became one of the inventors, along with Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, of rock ‘n’ roll, a revolutionary genre that united young black and white audiences.

Aired: 02/26/16

Expired: 02/28/19

Rating: NR

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