Add a or about this item. He incorporated Afro Jazz, Blues, and other Latino Caribbean genres of music. And he was suddenly a star. He was active in two distinct periods, first in the heyday of early rhythm and blues and later on during the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz surrounding the beginnings of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Music Career He started his career in 1948.
He continued until he found an old dilapidated piano discarded in the junkyard. But when he found an old discarded , Byrd patched it up and mastered it under the tutelage of such barrelhouse pianists as Sullivan Rock and Kid Stormy Weather. Allison Miner started to manage his career. Longhair performed at a party hosted by the Beatles great Paul McCartney and his wife. They performed on the Blues Stage, which was actually just a small platform, enough room for a piano and a band. He did the song with the input of its composer Earl King.
Track listings for the various formats are as follows:. Two years later, he recorded his song the remix version of Go to the Mardi Gars. And so, on April 22, 1971, Professor Longhair showed up in Congo Square in a dark short-sleeved shirt, with a couple of other musicians, including the guitarist Snooks Eaglin. They had to do a little hunting, because Professor Longhair had kept a low profile, to say the least. He quickly began to learn all he could about rock and roll history and beyond, a passion that continues to this day.
The definitive version was recorded in 1959 for the Ron label. After producing the album Live on the Queen Mary 1978 with , Byrd and his professional band, the Blues Scholars, were a huge success on tours of Europe and the United States. He played in 1971 through 1979 and was the traditional closer for the final day of the festival. With and a piano, you had yourself a party. He managed to reconstruct whatever was remaining of it. He performed at the New Orleans and Heritage Festival. In 1974, a film called Dr.
Some of the musicians who were inspired by Longhair are James Brown, Fats Domingo, and Dr. He did not release the songs due to contractual delays. Impressed by the young Byrd, the owner of the club Mike Tessitore nicknamed him Longhair. Bassist Reggie Scanlan, right, accompanies piano legend Professor Longhair at the 1977 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Longhair got wide approval from the jazz lovers for his song. He died of heart failure in his sleep.
It featured Mac Rebennack on guitar, long before he became known as. Professor Longhair is noteworthy for having been active in two distinct periods, both in the heyday of early rhythm and blues, and in the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz after the founding of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. It is now considered an iconic festive song of the Carnival season. First released in 1978, the album was recorded on the cruise ship on 24 March 1975, while the vessel was docked in Long Beach, California. Well I'm goin' to New Orleans I wanna see the Mardi Gras Yes I'm goin' to New Orleans I wanna see the Mardi Gras When I see the Mardi Gras I wanna know what's carnival for Goin' down to New Orleans I've got my ticket in my hands Goin' down to New Orleans I've got my ticket in my hands When I get to New Orleans I wanna see the Zulu King Way down in New Orleans Down on Rampart and Dumaine Yes down in New Orleans On Rampart a-nd Dumaine Gonna make it my standin' place Until I see the Zulu Queen. So, Davis and Miner went looking.
After his stint with Mercury Label, longhair settled for Atlantic Records. In 1975 he did a musical our in England. Provided Photo by Jim Scheurich Professor Longhair was reborn. He recorded his music under the Star Talent Label. He reportedly learned to play his instrument on a piano lacking several keys, which some have credited for his unusual technique. He distributed his songs to different label companies for easier marketing and distribution.
Learning music from the streets of the city, Byrd created his homemade instruments and started entertaining people on the streets. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Longhair was hiding in plain sight, though, working as a janitor at a record store. Longhair had little mobility in the 1960s due to the stroke he had suffered at the beginning of the decade. John, all of whom were touched by his rumba, mambo, and calypso piano based blues sound. In 1982, the documentary Piano Players Rarely Ever Play together was released. Well I'm goin' to New Orleans I see the Gras Yes I'm goin' to New Orleans I see the Gras When I see the Gras I know what's for Goin' down to New Orleans I've got my in my hands Goin' down to New Orleans I've got my in my hands When I get to New Orleans I see the Zulu King Way down in New Orleans Down on and Dumaine Yes down in New Orleans On a-nd Dumaine Gonna make it my standin' place Until I see the Zulu Queen.
His music influenced other musicians to rise above their talents. Scroll down for the full track listing, and. In 1971 Longhair was invited to a major performance. Byrd got some performing time at the Caldonia Club. This article was most recently revised and updated by , Assistant Editor. He produced his music and other local tours under the label.