As the world mourns Fats Domino, we can’t help but remember the time Vladimir Putin performed his own rendition of the rock’n’roll legend’s classic ‘Blueberry Hill’.
The Russian President took to the stage to perform the hit in front of Hollywood stars including Goldie Hawn, Gerard Depardieu and Kevin Costner at a charity fundraiser.
It’s a somewhat unusual performance by the barrel-chested former KGB agent.
The performance, which has racked up nearly 8 million views on YouTube, starts with a rather childlike piano solo by the Russian leader before he takes centre stage to croon the popular song.
The outing, in December 2010, generated some controversy as well.
Several months after the event in St Petersburg, the hospitals treating children with cancer that were expected to benefit from the proceeds reportedly had not received a penny, despite people allegedly paying up to £20,000 to attend the event.
Fats Domino died on Tuesday, October 24, at the age of 89.
The rock’n’roll pioneer sold more than 110 million records, including 22 million singles with hits including Blueberry Hill, Ain’t That A Shame and other rock ‘n’ roll standards.
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Domino was one of the first 10 acts named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his 1956 version of Blueberry Hill was selected for the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry of historic sound recordings worthy of preservation.