Fats Domino Among The Missing

Fats Domino, a fixture in rock ‘n’ roll history as well as in New Orleans, is among the tens of thousands reported missing since Hurricane Katrina struck that city August 29th.

Tracy Embry, the wife of Domino’s agent Al Embry, confirmed the news to Pollstar from Nashville September 1st.

The legendary singer/pianist is best known for hits including “Ain’t That A Shame,” “Blueberry Hill,” “Walking to New Orleans” and a cover of Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya (On the Bayou).” He remained in his hometown and was living in the family home in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, reportedly the hardest-hit and lowest-lying section of the city.

“At this point, we do not know his location. He was last seen Tuesday (August 30th) on the balcony of his house,” Tracy Embry told Pollstar. “He talked to Al (Embry) Sunday night, several times, and that’s the last we’ve heard from him.

“He and his wife, a couple of the kids and a couple of the grandkids were going to just ride the storm out. We’ve been trying to get search and rescue over there since Tuesday and they were spotted, but we just don’t have confirmation whether they were rescued or not, and if they were, where they took them.

“We honestly do not know anything yet. … At this point, he is still missing.”

Refugees and others who have been rescued from rooftops and balconies have been taken by search and rescue teams to numerous locations throughout the region, and as far away as Houston. Communication remains spotty at best with extremely limited telephone and cell phone capability for survivors to notify relatives and friends of their safety.

Tracy Embry asked that anyone with any information about Fats Domino’s location should call Al Embry International at 615-847-0123.

“He was in the worst spot he could have been,” she emphasized. “We’re trying to get the word out if anyone hears from him, sees him, or are in touch with any family members that did get out. We’re all working together to try to find him.”

Domino has received the Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.