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1		In The Night	2:23
2		Tipitina	2:40
3		Tipitina	2:29
4		Ball The Wall	3:09
5		Who's Been Fooling You	2:03
6		Hey Now Baby	2:47
7		Mardi Gras In New Orleans	2:54
8		She Walks Right In	3:09
9		Hey Little Girl	2:52
10		Willie Mae	2:38
11		Walk Your Blues Away	2:46
12		Professor Longhair Blues	2:19
13		Boogie Woogie	2:31
14		Longhair's Blues-Rhumba	3:02
15		Mardi Gras In New Orleans	2:42
16		She Walks Right In	2:40

Alto Saxophone – Robert Parker (tracks: 6 to 16)
Baritone Saxophone – Red Tyler* (tracks: 1 to 5)
Bass – Edgar Blanchard (tracks: 1 to 5), Unknown Artist
Drums – Al Miller (tracks: 6 to 16), Earl Palmer (tracks: 1 to 5), John Woodrow (tracks: 6 to 16)
Tenor Saxophone – Charles Burbeck, Lee Allen (tracks: 1 to 5)
Vocals, Piano – Roy Byrd

 

All 16 of Professor Longhair's Atlantic sides from 1949 and 1953 (including a handful of alternate takes) are here on one glorious disc. Longhair's work for the label was famously marvelous -- this version of "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" reeks of revelry in the streets of the French Quarter, "She Walks Right In" and "Walk Your Blues Away" ride a bedrock boogie, and "In the Night" bounces atop a parade-beat shuffle groove and hard-charging saxes. ---Bill Dahl, AllMusic Review

 

All of the best of New Orleans blues singer and pianist Professor Longhair's work on the Atlantic Records label have been collected on this compilation album.

Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, was a New Orleans blues singer and pianist. He was active in two distinct periods, first in the heyday of early rhythm and blues and later in the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz after the founding of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. His piano style has been described as "instantly recognizable, combining rumba, mambo and calypso". His distinctive style of piano playing was influenced by learning to play on an instrument that was missing some keys.

His work was famously marvelous. The version of "Mardi Gras In New Orleans" reeks of revelry in the streets of the French Quarter, "She Walks Right In" and "Walk Your Blues Away" ride a bedrock boogie, and "In the Night" bounces atop a parade-beat shuffle groove and hard-charging saxes. ---elusivedisc.com

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Professor Longhair with Snooks Eaglin - Ardent Studios 1972 http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/25301-professor-longhair-with-snooks-eaglin-ardent-studios-1972.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/25301-professor-longhair-with-snooks-eaglin-ardent-studios-1972.html Professor Longhair with Snooks Eaglin - Ardent Studios 1972

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01. Mean Old World
02. Whole Lotta Lovin'
03. Sick And Tired
04. Stag-O-Lee
05. Bald Head
06. Is Everything Alright
07. Blue Jay Boogie
08. 3 O'Clock In The Morning - Snooks Eaglin solo
09. Tipitina (2) [alternate mix]
10. Junco Partner (2) [alternate take]
11. Hey Little Girl
12. Big Chief

Professor Longhair - piano & vocals
Snooks Eaglin - guitar
Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste - drums
George Davis – bass

June 1972 Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee

 

Boiling blues and trademark African-Latin and boogie-woogie riffs were the menu when Professor Longhair brought his Crescent City music show to Baton Rouge and Memphis in 1971 and 1972, respectively. The 15 numbers on House Party New Orleans Style matched the great pianist with an esteemed array of musicians who included outstanding guitarist Snooks Eaglin on both sessions, and fine rhythm sections as well. Eaglin's flashy, inventive solos were excellent contrasts to Longhair's rippling keyboard flurries and distinctive mix of yodels, yells, cries and shouts. ---Ron Wynn, AllMusic Review

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Professor Longhair - House Of The Blues (2010) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/8078-professor-longhair-house-of-the-blues-2010.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/8078-professor-longhair-house-of-the-blues-2010.html Professor Longhair - House Of The Blues (2010)

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01. Junco Partner
02. Meet Me Tomorrow
03. Doin' It
04. How Long Has That Train Been Gone
05. Tipitina
06. Rockin' Pneumonia
07. Jambalaya play
08. Mean Ol' World play
09. Stag-O-Lee
10. Mess Around
11. Hey Now Baby
12. (They Call Me) Doctor Professor Longhair

Personnel:
Henry Roeland Byrd; Roy Bird, Fess, A. K. A. Professor Longhair (piano, vocals),
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (guitar, violin),
Julius Farmer (bass),
Edwin “Sheeba” Kimbraugh (drums),
Alfred “Uganda” Roberts (conga).
Jerry Jumonville (baritone & tenor saxophones),
Steve Madaio (trumpet).

Recorded at Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana
on April 3-4, 1974

 

Professor Longhair (born Henry Roeland Byrd, also known as Roy "Bald Head" Byrd and as Fess) was a New Orleans blues singer and pianist. He was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and was noted for his unique piano style, which he described as "a combination of rumba, mambo, and Calypso", and his unusual, expressive voice, once described as "freak unique". He was called the Bach of Rock and Roll for the clarity, varied and extremely accurate and "funky" syncopation, and the beautiful tone of his piano playing. Byrd 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 various forms of traditional jazz after the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was created. At that time Byrd became a New Orleans icon.

Professor Longhair had only one national commercial hit, "Bald Head" in 1950, and he lacked the crossover appeal for the white audience of Fats Domino. But his rollicking, idiosyncratic, rumba-based piano and exuberant singing made him one of New Orleans biggest rock stars.

Professor Longhair began his career in New Orleans near the end of the 1940s but was not well known outside of the city at that time. Throughout the 1950s he recorded for Atlantic Records, Federal Records and other, local labels. In the 1960s his career faltered and he became a janitor and gambled. But he was rediscovered in 1969 as the large white blues audience began to appreciate him and he was referred to as the "Father of New Orleans R&B". During this period his albums, such as Crawfish Fiesta on Alligator Records and New Orleans Piano for Atlantic became readily available. Professor Longhair died in 1980.

In 1981 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He was awarded a posthumous Grammy for his early recordings released as House Party New Orleans Style, and in 1992 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Professor Longhair - House Party New Orleans Style (1987) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/8063-professor-longhair-house-party-new-orleans-style-1987.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/8063-professor-longhair-house-party-new-orleans-style-1987.html Professor Longhair - House Party New Orleans Style (1987)

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A1 No Buts And No Maybes 2:12
A2 Gone So Long 4:40
A3 She Walk Right In 2:55
A4 Thank You Pretty Baby 3:57
A5 501 Boogie 2:15
A6 Tipitina 4:25
A7 Gonna Leave This Town 2:44
A8 Cabbagehead 3:52
B1 Hey Little Girl 3:54
B2 Big Chief 3:17 play
B3 Cherry Pie 4:26
B4 Junco Partner 3:03 play
B5 Every Day I Have The Blues 4:23
B6 "G" Jam 2:16
B7 Dr. Professor Longhair 4:29

Musicians:
Bass - George Davis (2) , Will Harvey (2)
Drums - Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Shiba (3)
Guitar - Snooks Eaglin
Piano, Vocals - Professor Longhair

 

Boiling blues and trademark African-Latin and boogie-woogie riffs were the menu when Professor Longhair brought his Crescent City music show to Baton Rouge and Memphis in 1971 and 1972, respectively. The 15 numbers on House Party New Orleans Style matched the great pianist with an esteemed array of musicians who included outstanding guitarist Snooks Eaglin on both sessions, and fine rhythm sections as well. Eaglin's flashy, inventive solos were excellent contrasts to Longhair's rippling keyboard flurries and distinctive mix of yodels, yells, cries and shouts. ~ Ron Wynn

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Professor Longhair – The Blues Collection Vol.64 – Live In London http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/2326-longhairinlondon.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/2326-longhairinlondon.html Professor Longhair – The Blues Collection Vol.64 – Live In London


01. Professor Longhair - Mess Around (4:24) 
02. Professor Longhair - Hey Now Baby (4:05) 
03. Professor Longhair - Whole Lot Of Loving (2:46) 
04. Professor Longhair - Go To The Mardi Gras (2:50) 
05. Professor Longhair - Baldhead (3:09) 
06. Professor Longhair - Tipitina (3:54) 
07. Professor Longhair - Big Chief (3:26) 
08. Professor Longhair - Everyday I Have The Blues (3:58) 
09. Professor Longhair - Hey Little Girl (3:20) 
10. Professor Longhair - Lovely Lady (2:51) 
11. Professor Longhair - Medley: She Walked Right In / Shake Rattle &Roll / 
Sick & Tired (3:24) 
12. Professor Longhair - Rockin Pneumonia (1:15) 
13. Professor Longhair - Rockin' With Fess (2:43) 
14. Professor Longhair - P.I. Boogie (2:51)

 

Justly worshipped a decade and a half after his death as a founding father of New Orleans R&B, Roy "Professor Longhair" Byrd was nevertheless so down-and-out at one point in his long career that he was reduced to sweeping the floors in a record shop that once could have moved his platters by the boxful.

That Longhair made such a marvelous comeback testifies to the resiliency of this late legend, whose Latin-tinged rhumba-rocking piano style and croaking, yodeling vocals were as singular and spicy as the second-line beats that power his hometown's musical heartbeat. Longhair brought an irresistible Caribbean feel to his playing, full of rolling flourishes that every Crescent City ivories man had to learn inside out (Fats Domino, Huey Smith, and Allen Toussaint all paid homage early and often).

Longhair grew up on the streets of the Big Easy, tap dancing for tips on Bourbon Street with his running partners. Local 88s aces Sullivan Rock, Kid Stormy Weather, and Tuts Washington all left their marks on the youngster, but he brought his own conception to the stool. A natural-born card shark and gambler, Longhair began to take his playing seriously in 1948, earning a gig at the Caldonia Club. Owner Mike Tessitore bestowed Longhair with his professorial nickname (due to Byrd's shaggy coiffure).

Longhair debuted on wax in 1949, laying down four tracks (including the first version of his signature "Mardi Gras in New Orleans," complete with whistled intro) for the Dallas-based Star Talent label. His band was called the Shuffling Hungarians, for reasons lost to time! Union problems forced those sides off the market, but Longhair's next date for Mercury the same year was strictly on the up-and-up. It produced his first and only national R&B hit in 1950, the hilarious "Bald Head" (credited to Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers).

The pianist made great records for Atlantic in 1949, Federal in 1951, Wasco in 1952, and Atlantic again in 1953 (producing the immortal "Tipitina," a romping "In the Night," and the lyrically impenetrable boogie "Ball the Wall"). After recuperating from a minor stroke, Longhair came back on Lee Rupe's Ebb logo in 1957 with a storming "No Buts - No Maybes." He revived his "Go to the Mardi Gras" for Joe Ruffino's Ron imprint in 1959; this is the version that surfaces every year at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Other than the ambitiously arranged "Big Chief" in 1964 for Watch Records, the '60s held little charm for Longhair. He hit the skids, abandoning his piano playing until a booking at the fledgling 1971 Jazz & Heritage Festival put him on the comeback trail. He made a slew of albums in the last decade of his life, topped off by a terrific set for Alligator, Crawfish Fiesta.

Longhair triumphantly appeared on the PBS-TV concert series Soundstage (with Dr. John, Earl King, and the Meters), co-starred in the documentary Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together (which became a memorial tribute when Longhair died in the middle of its filming; funeral footage was included), and saw a group of his admirers buy a local watering hole in 1977 and rechristen it Tipitina's after his famous song. He played there regularly when he wasn't on the road; it remains a thriving operation.

Longhair went to bed on January 30, 1980, and never woke up. A heart attack in the night stilled one of New Orleans' seminal R&B stars, but his music is played in his hometown so often and so reverently you'd swear he was still around. ---Bill Dahl, Rovi

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Professor Longhair - Fess - The Professor Longhair Anthology (1993) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/2325-fess-professor-longhair-anthology.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/2325-fess-professor-longhair-anthology.html Professor Longhair - Fess - The Professor Longhair Anthology (1993)

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1. Bald Head
2. Hadacol Bounce
3. Tipitina
4. In The Night
5. Ball The Wall
6. Who's Been Fooling You
7. Hey Now Baby
8. Hey Little Girl
9. Walk Your Blues Away
10. She Walks Right In
11. Willie Mae
12. Professor Longhair Blues
13. Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand
14. No Buts, No Maybes
15. Misery
16. Looka, No Hair
17. Cuttin' Out
18. Go To The Mardi Gras
19. There Is Something On Your Mind
20. Big Chief Part 2
21. Hey Little Girl
22. Hey Now Baby
23. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
24. Junco Partner
25. How Long Has That Train Been Gone
26. Stag-o-lee
27. Meet Me Tomorrow Night
28. Dr. Professor Longhair
29. Mess Around
30. Cry To Me
31. Whole Lotta Loving
32. Everyday
33. Got My Mojo Working
34. Thank You Pretty Baby
35. Sick And Tired
36. Mean Old World
37. Tipitina
38. Big Chief
39. Rum & Coca-Cola
40. Boogie Woogie
Personnel: Professor Longhair (vocals, piano); Earl King (vocals, whistling); Mac Rebennack (vocals, guitar, electric piano); Roy Byrd (vocals, piano); Roland Byrd (vocals); Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Big Will Harvey, Dr. John, Will Harvey, Walter Nelson (guitar) Justin Adams , Alvin Robinson, Roy Montrell, Snooks Eaglin, Leo Nocentelli (guitar); Clarence Ford (saxophone, alto saxophone); Warren Bell, Robert Parker (alto saxophone); Jerry Jumonville (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Andy Kaslow, Charles Burbeck, Morris Bechamin, Manuel Crusto (tenor saxophone) Lee Allen, Alvin Batiste, Nat Perrilliat, Tony Dagradi (tenor saxophone); Carl Blouin, Edward "Kidd" Jordan, Jim Moore , Alvin "Red" Tyler (baritone saxophone); Clyde Kerr, Emery Thompson, Willie Singleton, Eddie Nash, Steve Madaio (trumpet); Wendell Joseph, Warren Bokes, Waldron "Frog" Joseph, Eddie Hines, Wendell Eugene (trombone); Tuts Washington (piano); Allen Toussaint (electric piano); Art Neville (organ); Earl Palmer , David Lee , John Woodrow, Charles "Hungry" Williams (drums) Fred Staehle, Johnny Vidacovich, Al Miller , Shiba, Smokey Johnson (drums) John Boudreaux, Ziggy Modeliste (drums); Alfred "Uganda" Roberts (congas); Sidney Quezergue (shaker, percussion); George Porter, Jr. (tambourine); Rozalin Woods, Jesse Smith, Jessica Smith (background vocals).

 

The rhumba-rocking rhythms of Roy "Professor Longhair" Byrd live on throughout Rhino's 40-track retrospective of the New Orleans icon's amazing legacy. Most of the seminal stuff arrives early on: "Bald Head," the rollicking ode cut for Mercury in 1950, is followed by a raft of classics from his 1949 and 1953 Atlantic dates ("Tipitina," "Ball the Wall," "Who's Been Fooling You"), the storming 1957 "No Buts, No Maybes," and "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand" for Ebb, and his beloved "Go to the Mardi Gras" as waxed for Ron in 1959. The second disc is a hodgepodge of material from the Professor's '70s comeback, all of it wonderful in its own way but not as essential as the early work. ---Bill Dahl, Rovi

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Professor Longhair Thu, 29 Oct 2009 20:18:10 +0000
Professor Longhair - Rock`n`oll Gumbo (1974) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/2324-rock-n-oll-gumbo.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/894-profesorlonghair/2324-rock-n-oll-gumbo.html Professor Longhair - Rock`n`oll Gumbo (1974)

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1 Mardi Gras In New Orleans (2:56)
2 Hey Now Baby (3:37)
3 Junco Partner (3:30)
4 Meet Me Tomorrow Night (3:17)
5 Doin' It (4:04)
6 How Long Has That Train Been Gone (3:32)
7 Tipitina (3:38)
8 Rockin' Pneumonia (2:41)
9 Jambalaya (3:12)
10 Mean Ol'World (3:36)
11 Stag-O-Lee (2:58)
12 Mess Around (2:38)
13 Rum And Coke (3:12)
14 (They Call Me) Dr. Professor Long Hair (4:16)
Personnel: [Henry Roeland Byrd] a.k.a. Professor Longhair (piano, vocals), Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (guitar, violin), Julius Farmer (bass), Edwin "Sheeba" Kimbraugh (drums), Alfred "Uganda" Roberts (conga). + Jerry Jumonville (baritone & tenor saxophones), Steve Madaio (trumpet).

 

Recorded in 1974, this album almost never saw the light of day. Fortunately, the master tapes were found and the album was released posthumously. Professor Longhair was a giant in the New Orleans music community, but had not recorded in over ten years when he was convinced to start playing again. From the opening riffs, one can understand the stature of Professor Longhair as a great pianist -- he demonstrates that he is equally at home playing rhumba boogie, blues songs, and calypso. He plays New Orleans standards (many penned by himself), but what makes this recording a classic is the chance to hear him play with guitarist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. The interplay of these music veterans is mesmerizing. The piano playing is breathtaking, and has a percussive quality unlike any other player before or since. It is hard to believe that Professor Longhair languished in obscurity for so many years after hearing the jubilance of "Mardi Gras in New Orleans," a song that will have you tapping your feet and hands as if you were in the parade. This album is essential for fans of New Orleans music and those aspiring to be rock & roll pianists. --- Vik Iyengar, Rovi

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