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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Fats Domino's ruined piano restored

Fats Domino's piano will be part of an exhibition in New Orleans

A white Steinway grand piano salvaged from musician Fats Domino's home after Hurricane Katrina has been restored and will be the centrepiece of an exhibit in New Orleans' French Quarter.

The musical instrument was damaged when water poured through a broken levee during the August 2005 storm, flooding Domino's home in the Lower 9th Ward.

Its restoration was made possible by 30,000 US dollars (£19,300) donated to the Louisiana Museum Foundation.

The largest gift of 18,000 dollars (£11,600) came from Allan Slaight, a retired music producer in Miami. Other donations came from Sir Paul McCartney, the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and the Tipitina's Foundation.

The piano was due to be unveiled at the Old US Mint, now a museum in the French Quarter.

It will be part of the Louisiana State Museum's music exhibition opening in 2014.

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