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Wednesday, Oct 25 2017 | 20:23
Image: 1616309 In the whole of the New Orleans music scene, few
acts or artists have made the impact that Henry
Roeland "Roy" Byrd has, better known by his
illustrious stage name Professor Longhair. A
blues pianist for much of his life, his sound
underwent an innovative change during the
1940s, when he began to take in the sounds of
Carribbean and Afro-Cuban music, and
interpolated them into his own percussive style of
blues music, creating a brand new Louisiana
sound that would lay the groundwork for the
development of funk music.
Professor Longhair's recordings throughout the
late 1940s to the mid 1950s made him a legend in
New Orleans, but did not manage to reach a
wider audience until 1972, when Atlantic Records
compiled his previously recorded singles onto
one album: New Orleans Piano. The album
(Which Rolling Stone Magazine would list as one
of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time) featured a
slew of the Professor's work as well as alternate
takes, most notably his 1953 recording "Tipitina",
a bounding rhumba-boogie track that would
become the Professor's signature tune, and a
standard in Louisiana, later being covered by Dr.
John, Allen Toussaint, and many others.

A1. In The Night
A2. Tipitina
A3. Hey Now Baby
A4. Walk Your Blues Away
A5. Hey Little Girl
A6. Willie Mae
A7. Professor Longhair Blues
B1. Ball The Wall
B2. Who's Been Fooling You
B3. Boogie Woogie
B4. Longhair's Blues-Rhumba
B5. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
B6. She Walks Right In Available from 17.11.2017
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