Summary: rock 'n' roll pioneer whose pounding piano and easy baritone helped to change popular music while honoring the traditions of New Orleans, who was no matinee idol in appearance as he stood 5-feet-5 and weighed more than 200 pounds with a wide, boyish smile and a haircut as flat as an album cover, but who sold more than 110 million records with hits including Blueberry Hill, Ain't That a Shame (originally titled Ain't It a Shame), and other standards of rock 'n' roll, who was one of the first 10 honorees named to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and whose dynamic performance style and warm vocals drew crowds for 50 years, including one of his show-stopping stunts was playing the piano while standing, throwing his body against it with the beat of the music, and bumping the grand piano across the stage, whose 1956 version of Blueberry Hill was selected for the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry of historic sound recordings worthy of preservation.
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Born: February 26, 1928
Died: October 24, 2017
Location: Jefferson Parish, Louisiana