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Fats Domino's Katrina-damaged grand piano restored

A white Steinway grand piano salvaged from musician Fats Domino

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

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

Its restoration came through $30,000 donated to the Louisiana Museum Foundation.

The largest gift of $18,000 came from Allan Slaight, a retired music producer in Miami. Other donations came from Sir Paul McCartney, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Tipitina's Foundation.

The piano was to be unveiled Thursday at the Old U.S. 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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