After Anxious Days for Families, A Sweet Note on Missing Musicians (WashPost)

By Korin Miller
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, September 2, 2005; C01

The message posted on yesterday was one of scores pleading for information about friends and family missing in the catastrophe that was once New Orleans. This one was in search of relatives gathered at an uncle’s house in the badly hit 9th Ward: “They are on the second floor of their home,” wrote Checquoline Davis. “They didn’t get out.”

Davis’s uncle is Fats Domino, the R&B legend.

After several long, anxious days, Davis last night got some good news: Her uncle was identified in a photograph of people being rescued from the 9th Ward, reported.

His whereabouts since the rescue, however, were not immediately known. Nor is there any news as to the fate of his wife, Rosemary.

Fats Domino had not been heard from since Sunday, when the 77-year-old musician — whose Top 40 singles include “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Whole Lotta Loving” and “Blueberry Hill” — told his agent via phone that he planned to stay in his house with his wife and daughter.

Davis told The Washington Post that her family stayed in the city because of her aunt’s poor health: “My Aunt Rose, she didn’t want to leave the house because she’s sickly.”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune photographed Domino getting off a rescue boat Monday night. Domino’s daughter Karen Domino White, who lives in New Jersey, identified her father in the photo on Thursday, reported.

Domino was just one of several artists who live in the city and had been feared missing for much of the week. (more…)