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Footage of Mr. Domino walking through his gutted home is included in the documentary, along with a recording session with Robert Plant during the making of the album “Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino,” which was recorded last year.

The documentary chronicles Mr. Domino’s career - including his bouts of performance anxiety in recent years - and snapshots of his start in music, including a photo of him with trumpeter Dave Bartholomew, who helped him cut his first single, “The Fat Man,” in 1949.

For many, Mr. Domino’s determination to stay in New Orleans is inspirational.

“Fats embodies everything good about New Orleans,” said his friend David Lind. “He’s warm, fun-loving, spiritual, creative and humble. You don’t get more New Orleans than that.”