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Professor Longhair

New Orleans Piano

Professor Longhair New Orleans Piano
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In the whole of the New Orleans music scene, few acts or artists have made the impact that Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd has, better known by his illustrious stage name Professor Longhair. A blues pianist for much of his life, his sound underwent an innovative change during the 1940s, when he began to take in the sounds of Carribbean and Afro-Cuban music, and interpolated them into his own percussive style of blues music, creating a brand new Louisiana sound that would lay the groundwork for the development of funk music. Professor Longhair's recordings throughout the late 1940s to the mid 1950s made him a legend in New Orleans, but did not manage to reach a wider audience until 1972, when Atlantic Records compiled his previously recorded singles onto one album: New Orleans Piano. The album (Which Rolling Stone Magazine would list as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time) featured a slew of the Professor's work as well as alternate takes, most notably his 1953 recording "Tipitina", a bounding rhumba-boogie track that would become the Professor's signature tune, and a standard in Louisiana, later being covered by Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and many others.
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