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Members of the Neville Brothers had been recording in New Orleans for close to 20 years before they got together to record as The Neville Brothers. Their influences are real. Their impact is forever.
The Neville Brothers - Brother John/Iko Iko
He’s got the boogie and the woogie all wrapped up on a keyboard. The Professor. A New Orleans legend. Best way to a woman’s heart? Red beans and rice.
Professor Longhair - Red Beans
Not to be confused with the jam you spread on your buttered toast, this Marmalade was bittersweet and so French Quarter. Patti Labelle famously was unaware of the meaning of the French chorus. If you can resist dancing to this, you have too much self-discipline.
Labelle - Lady Marmalade
This is sickness I approve. The 1957 original. Johnny Rivers made it a top 10 single in 1972.
Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns - Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu.
Born Mac Rebennack, Dr. John delighted fans with such favorites as “Right Place, Wrong Time,” “Such a Night,” and “Walk on Gilded Splinters.” Mac’s Boogie comes from an album called Mac Rebennack plays Dr. John. A lesser known collection of his work, the good Doctor sheds his Night Tripper persona and showcases what he can do on a piano.
Dr. John - Mac’s Boogie
Probably the funkiest protest song I’ve ever heard. Art Neville’s band with Leo Nocentelli on guitar. When this band reformed to tour, they were renamed The Funky Meters which to me was hilarious. Calling them ‘funky’ was superfluous.
The Meters - People Say
Perhaps it was Lee Dorsey who benefited the most from the genius of producer/songwriter Allen Toussaint. One of the more successful New Orleans artists from the 60’s, Lee ran out of steam by 1970 and did car repair. This track was resurrected by Devo, of all people. “Lord, I’m so tired.”
Lee Dorsey - Working in the Coalmine
The granddaddy of New Orleans music, Fats Domino was a rock and roll pioneer whose earliest recordings pre-date Chuck Berry’s first singles on Chess.
Fats Domino - Walkin’ to New Orleans
In a former life, I was a Cajun. How do I know? Whenever I hear Cajun fiddle music, I lose myself. Beausoleil doesn’t mind playing the role of musicologists as they share a very old musical tradition. This is bayou country music.
Beausoleil - Hot Chili Mama