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28 October 2017, 10:00 | Updated: 2 November 2017, 15:29
Sir Paul McCartney has given a poignant tribute to one of his favourite artists of all time: Fats Domino.
Paul recalled meeting his hero on his official website, and described Fats as a "huge influence" on The Beatles.
Fats Domino passed away on Tuesday (October 24) at the age of 89.
“We were excited to meet Fats once in his home town of New Orleans,” Paul wrote. “He was wearing a huge star spangled diamond encrusted watch which was our first encounter with bling!”
Sir Paul's message in full:
“Rest in peace Fats Domino, the great rock ’n’ roll pianist and singer who thrilled us in our early days in Liverpool. His hit records like ‘Ain’t That A Shame’, ‘Blueberry Hill’, ‘I’m In Love Again’ and many others introduced us to the sounds of New Orleans rock ‘n’ roll.
"We were excited to meet Fats once in his home town of New Orleans. He was wearing a huge star spangled diamond encrusted watch which was our first encounter with bling! His voice, piano playing and musical style was a huge influence on us and his appearance in the film The Girl Can’t Help It was truly magnificent.
"As one of my favourite rock ‘n’ roll singers, I will remember him fondly and always think of him with that twinkle in his eye. I read that he had eight children. He himself was named Antoine. His kids were named Antoine III, Anatole, Andre, Antonio, Antoinette, Andrea, Anola and Adonica. Now that is pure Fats!”
Watch a classic Fats Domino performance below: