New Orleans

Antoine Domino Jr.

Antoine Domino Jr. was born on February 26th 1928 in New Orleans. His family had a Creole background and Louisiana Creole was his first language. His family had recently arrived from Vacherie, Louisiana and had set up home in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Domino learnt to play piano as a youngster and by the […]

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Professor Longhair

The roots of the fabulous body of music that was produced in New Orleans in the twentieth century can be traced back to the ensemble playing of the black funeral bands, the powerful rhythms of Mardi Gras parades, country blues from various areas in the Mississippi delta and the barrelhouse […]

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Overton Amos Lemons

For every winner, there are usually quite a few losers. We all know the winners but the losers are generally forgotten, at best a footnote in the history books. So it is good to realise that sometimes it is just a question of luck whether we win or lose. Overton […]

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Hurricane On The Bayou

“Hurricane On The Bayou” is a film made by Greg MacGillivray, released in 2006, one year after Hurricane Katrina had devastated large areas of Florida, Louisiana and Alabama. It is the story of what happened told largely through music. Four New Orleans musicians introduce themselves, share their experiences of the […]

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The Neville Brothers

Aaron Neville was the last New Orleans-based artist to achieve major success with a local New Orleans-based label during the 1960s. Aaron Neville’s first success as a solo artist occurred in 1966 with his debut single “Tell It Like Is” going to number one week-ending 7th January 1967 on the […]

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Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas has been a mainstay of the New Orleans sound since the age of 18 when her first single, “Don’t Mess with My Man”, was released on the local Ron label in late 1959. It reached number 22 on the US Billboard R&B chart. When she then joined the New Orleans-based […]

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Dave Bartholomew

Dave Bartholomew, born on December 24th 1918 in Edgard, Louisiana, was a musician, band leader, composer and arranger, prominent in the music of New Orleans. He was the son of Louis Bartholomew, a well-known Dixieland tuba player. Dave Bartholomew mastered many musical genres, including rhythm and blues, big band, swing, […]

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The Birth of New Orleans R&B

The first stop on our musical tour will be in New Orleans. Why? Because New Orleans was, I believe, the first US city to create a large body of significant recordings that helped develop R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll, producing several major million-selling records. New Orleans is a beautiful city […]

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