\" \" From their famous names to their timeless music, Chubby Checker and Fats Domino are connected in some surprising ways. Ebet Roberts/Getty ImagesWhen Fats Domino died at age 89 on Oct. 24, 2017, his death drew renewed attention to the connection between this music legend and Chubby Checker, who sang Billboard Hot 100's all-time No. David Redfern/Getty ImagesThe New Orleans native, whose name originally was Antoine Dominique Domino Jr., was nicknamed \"Fats\" while still a teenager. Checker was born Ernest Evans and nicknamed \"Chubby\" since childhood. In 1961, the singer was perfecting his Fats Domino impression in the recording studio of Dick Clark of American Bandstand fame.