Posted by Seán Collins on 3 Sept 2013
Today’s the birthday of a champion of zydeco, Terrance Simien, born 3 September 1965, in Mallet, La.
His recording, Live! Worldwide, was the first to win a Grammy award (2008) in the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music album category.
Here’s a cut — “Zydeco Boogaloo” — from that album.
Zydeco Boogaloo/T. Simien
The Creole for Kidz program, which Simien founded, has raised awareness of Creole music throughout the world.
Posted by Seán Collins on 21 Aug 2013
That is Art Kane’s photograph taken the morning of August 12, 1958 at 17 East 126th Street. There is much to commend this picture, including that it documents Marian McPartland’s place in the pantheon.
May she rest in peace.
posted by Seán Collins on 15 Sept 2013
The Beatles with Frogman Henry
They stayed at the Congress Inn.
They held a press conference which was filmed.
The opening act was Frogman Henry.
Tickets cost five dollars.
And 700 teenage girls met the police at the barricades in City Park.
On September 16, 1964, The Beatles came to New Orleans.
McCartney said the concert in City Park, “was the closest we’ve come on the tour to getting worried. When I saw them coming for the stage.” He added, “I wondered, would they stay at the barricades or rush the stage and we’d be massacred?”
“It really was like a football game,” said Frogman Henry. “I mean, they were running from the policemen and the policemen were tackling them. I really enjoyed it because it was so comical. And those policemen, man, they were laughing the whole time.”
Here’s a recording of Frogman Henry singing “Ain’t Got No Home.”
And the Fab Four opened in City Park with “Twist & Shout.”
The Beatles – Twist And Shout
NEW ORLEANS — CITY PARK CONCERT — SET LIST
Twist and Shout
You Can’t Do That
All My Loving
She Loves You
Things We Said Today
Roll Over Beethoven
Can’t Buy Me Love
If I Fell
A Hard Day’s Night
Long Tall Sally
Interview excerpts taken from It Was 40 Years Ago Today Frogman Henry And The Beatles Came To Play by Michael Hurt in Offbeat magazine.
Posted by Seán Collins on 9 Sept 2013
On 9 September 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis hit the top of the R&B and Country charts with “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” (The song would later hit #3 on the Pop chart, too.)
Lewis had recorded the song at Sun Records, in Memphis, back in February. He said he knew it was going to be a hit, but that Sam Phillips thought it was too risqué and wouldn’t be successful.
“If that’s risqué,” Lewis is reported to have said, “well, I’m sorry.”
While Jerry Lee Lewis is responsible for the driving boogie piano line that is so much of the song as we know it today, his was not the original version of the song.
That credit may go to Big Maybelle, Mabel Louise Smith, who recorded the song back in 1955, two years before Lewis, for Okeh records with a producer named Quincy Jones.
(Roy Hall also recorded the song in 1955, for Decca Records. And for the record, his publicity photo is not half as cute as Big Maybelle’s.)