The New Orleans Sound

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The Pioneers

Roy Brown

Dave Bartholomew

The Recordmen

Joe Banashak Cosimo Matassa Joe Ruffino Marshall Seahorn Johnny Vincent

The Dee Jays

Dr. Daddy-O

Jack the Cat

Poppa Stoppa   

The Piano Players

Professor Longhair Huey "Piano" Smith Allen Toussaint

The Hit Makers

Lee Allen Bobby Charles Jimmy Clanton Dixie Cups Fats Domino
Lee Dorsey Frankie Ford Barbara George Clarence "Frogman" Henry Joe Jones
Ernie K-Doe Chris Kenner Smiley Lewis Mickey and Sylvia  Earl Palmer
Lloyd Price Little Richard Irma Thomas Shirley and Lee Ike and Tina Turner

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At the mouth of the Mississippi, New Orleans stands at a crossroads where Native American, French, Spanish, English, African, Caribbean, and Latin-American cultures have mixed for over two centuries. a capital of American music at least since the Civil War, the city has shaped rhythm & blues, rock & roll, and reggae no less than it's ragtime, jazz and Delta blues.

The barrelhouse piano of Kid Stormy Weather and Sullivan Rock, the crude but gentle vocal styles of Creole folksingers, and dance from Cuba and Trinidad were the sources from which pianist Professor Longhair forged his prototypical rock & roll in the mid-Forties. Dave Bartholomew assembled a band that featured many of the city's most inventive musicians and combined the loose cohesiveness of the best jazz ensembles with the "secondline"  syncopation and raucous bass work of the Mardi Gras parade bands

New Orleans Sound courtesy Rolling Stone's "Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll."

The Big Beat

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