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robbie_dee
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posted 01 September 2005 03:19 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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NEW YORK -
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 Craigslist.com 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.


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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 01 September 2005 10:27 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
GOOD NEWS! Fats is OK - his manager is on CNN saying he heard from Fats' youngest child and the family is safe - they were helicoptered out.
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robbie_dee
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posted 01 September 2005 10:39 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was just coming here to post the link:

Fats Domino rescued

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One of rock 'n' roll's chief architects has been rescued from the rubble of New Orleans.

Fats Domino, who had been unaccounted for in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was plucked from the flooded city by a helicopter late Thursday. He was reported to be in good condition.

An APB went out for the musician and his family earlier in the day.

The musician's niece, Checquoline Davis, posted a plea on Craigslist.com for information on her missing relatives, writing that Domino and his wife, Rosemary, and their children and grandchildren "didn't get out" of their New Orleans home. Her plea was one of thousands seeking information on missing friends and family on the site.



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posted 02 September 2005 02:11 AM      Profile for FabFabian        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw the photo of his rescue and noticed Fats ain't too fat these days.
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posted 02 September 2005 02:19 AM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm glad you mentioned the family is safe; I read somewhere else that they weren't sure about them, just knew Fats had been rescued.
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Michelle
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posted 02 September 2005 12:16 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Am I the only one rolling my eyes at this story? I'm happy for Fats Domino and his family, of course, but Jebus. Thousands of people stranded, but thank goodness some rich guy got airlifted to safety. Grr!
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skdadl
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posted 02 September 2005 12:35 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm not so sure that Fats is all that rich, and there are stories behind these stories.

There was a list in this a.m.'s Grope and Flail of well-known artists, musicians especially -- New Orleans being a great city of great musicians -- who were not yet present and accounted for.

Now, I don't know how rich any of those guys/grils would be, but I know this about them: they became famous because they were brilliantly creative; they are almost all of them black; and they were still living in the poorest and most vulnerable sections of New Orleans.


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Krago
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posted 02 September 2005 12:35 PM      Profile for Krago     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle, as the good Rev. Al Green once sang, "Put a little love in your heart".
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Michelle
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posted 02 September 2005 12:46 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Excuse me, Krago? I've got lots of love in my heart. I already said I was happy for Fats Domino and his family that they escaped. And my heart is hurting for all those people who don't have the money to be airlifted out of the area.

I'm not sure why I had the reaction I did. I guess because I was just having a conversation with someone an hour ago or so about how there is hardly any media coverage going anywhere near the fact that most of the people stranded and dying there are people of colour and no one gives enough of a damn to send proper help for them. And then it was kind of like, well, except for Fats Domino.

So, I don't know - I realize that there should be room enough in the media coverage for both human interest stories about celebrities getting airlifted to safety AND stories about the people who aren't being helped, and the race analysis that should be happening with that. But I guess I'm just bitter because there IS hardly any race analysis happening, at least not in the mainstream media in the US as far as I can tell, and the newsworthy story that focuses on the experience of an individual black person just happens to be a happy news story about some black guy with enough money to be airlifted out.

I don't know. I'm not saying this very well. It's just bugging me.


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skdadl
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posted 02 September 2005 12:50 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't know about the U.S. media, but in the Grope and Flail, anyway, I thought the race issue was being covered at least minimally well today.

And the issue of New Orleans black musicians is itself a class and race issue. More than any other group, they invented the image of the French Quarter, and yet so many of them are apparently still living vulnerable. I'd love to hear from someone knowledgeable about why that is -- I'm sure it's a complicated story.


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posted 02 September 2005 01:15 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Somebody on Kos said that Fats did have money but he stayed in his old family home and expanded it for his family. And there were some similar reactions to Michelle's; but the fact that we have heard of the guy makes some connection to him; and I am glad to hear he is ok. Like the tsunami, the high death toll doesn't mean you must not rejoice to hear about one individual's survival.
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robbie_dee
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posted 02 September 2005 01:22 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I had a similar thought to Michelle's before starting this thread - was it wrong to focus on one "celebrity" when so many others are also suffering?

But I recognized like Skdadl pointed out, Fats Domino was really an icon in a predominantly African American music genre, and the fact that New Orleans was such a center for jazz and blues music is a part of this story. In any case, those of us who are familiar with any artist do feel a connection to them. And I am glad he is ok. We can only pray for the many others who are suffering.

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