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Domino accepts Delta fame honour
Fats Domino
Fats Domino is famed for his fast-playing piano style
Blues legend Fats Domino has been inducted into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame.

The 77-year-old musician was not able to accept the honour in person, but said in a letter he was "touched".

Domino, whose hits include Blueberry Hill, was rescued from the floodwaters that overwhelmed New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina last year

He is due to perform at the New Orleans Jazz Festival alongside Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello in April and May.

Path of destruction

It will be the first time the festival, which started in 1970, has been held since the hurricane hit last August.

In a letter to accept his hall of fame honour on Saturday, Domino added: "Hurricane Katrina led a path of destruction through my home.

"However, she would not destroy my faith in God and my love of music and my fans."

Domino was chosen for the Delta Hall of Fame by a committee including pianist Al "Puddler" Harris who was inducted two years ago.

"We knew we wanted him [Domino] in the hall of fame since it opened," Harris said.

"We just bumped him to the top of the list because we wanted to do it while he was alive."

A display about Domino's life, including album covers and a brief biography, currently occupies a third of a museum wall.

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