December 19, 2002 7:24 PM Subscribe
"Picasso of keyboard funk"
- Professor Longhair
would be 84 today if he were still alive. His distinctive meld of boogie woogie, blues, funk and Latin makes for piano that is quintessentially New Orleans...Tipitinas
, one of the more famous local music bars, took its name from his signature song. "Fess" was a seminal influence on such musical greats as James Booker, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Art Neville, Doctor John and Marcia Ball
, one of my current favorites. You can hear a few Fess samples from Crawfish Fiesta
, arguably his best recording, issued just after he died in 1980. He was inducted in the R&R Hall of Fame as an early influencer
in 1993. Happy birthday, Professor!
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