New Orleans

Lloyd Price

Lloyd Price was born on March 9th 1933 in Kenner, Louisiana, not far from New Orleans. He was the eighth of eleven children. Like many young kids, he was given music lessons, learning piano and trumpet. He also sang in the local church choir. Price has spoken about learning all 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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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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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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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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