A who's who of artists have paid tribute to Fats Domino, who died late Tuesday night at age 89:
John Oates -- who tells us he still has his original 45 of "Blueberry Hill" -- recalls seeing him perform at the New Orleans Jazz Festival: "I always considered him to be one of the foundation stones of the beginning of rock and roll and R&B. He defined a style of New Orleans piano playing along with Professor Longhair, James Booker, Allen Toussaint and Doctor John."
John Sebastian: "I responded instantly to Fats’s sound… It was my generation's introduction to what we would come to understand was the sound of New Orleans. We would imitate that voice, try to play those triplets…try to figure out those internal motions of the piano style… When The Lovin’ Spoonful were asked who they would like to present our Hall of Fame award, I instantly said, 'Fats, if he’ll come!' Only obstacles were [that] he indeed didn’t travel, and the Hall always want the young person that you influenced rather than THE GIANT WHO INFLUENCED US ALL."
Little Richard tells Billboard that Fats Domino was "the greatest entertainer that I['ve] ever known... Black, white, red, brown or yellow, he's just a good guy and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to know him. I love him."
LL Cool J: "Rest in paradise to Fats Domino. He paved the way for so many. I remember listening to his music as a little boy."
Darius Rucker: "We lost a rock and roll legend today. Rest in Peace to the man Fats Domino! Your music will live forever!"
Peter Asher: "Brilliant composer AND pianist AND singer. A giant influence on everyone of my generation from Paul McCartney on his side of the Atlantic to Randy Newman over here. Never even saw him live -- but he was one of highlights of The Girl Can’t Help It, my favorite rock and roll movie! He added the spirit of New Orleans to mainstream rock and roll, the genius and legacy of players like Meade Lux Lewis and Pinetop Smith to Top 40 hits -- and he had a lot of them! A very major figure in rock and roll history."
Lou Christie posts on Facebook: "Very sad and sorry to hear of the passing of a very kind sweet man, Fats Domino, one of the great architects of rock 'n' roll, Always a gentleman."
Fats Domino wasn't interviewed often and kept a low public profile -- especially since his memento-filled New Orleans home was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
That's why it's so special to relive his 1986 induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where Billy Joel made the presentation.