Legendary musician and rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Fats Domino passed away yesterday near his home in New Orleans. In light of his passing, PBS is airing filmmaker Joe Lauro’s 2016 documentary “American Masters: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The film examines how Fats Domino’s brand of rhythm and blues became rock ‘n’ roll. As popular in the 1950s as Elvis Presley, Domino suffered degradations in the pre-civil rights South and pushed for integration through his influential music. The show is available via streaming now on the American Masters website and is airing on local broadcasts on Oct. 29.
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