Professor Longhair – Big Chief Part 1

Professor Longhair - Big Chief pt1

Before I start with today’s musical offering I’d like to take a few seconds to thank Fatshoolaces for his excellent choice as our latest guest contributor- I’m sure you all enjoyed his selection as much as I did. I’ve another few guest selectors lined up and I hope to bring you these in the coming weeks/months.

So on to today’s track and what an absolute legendary artist and record we have for you. Professor Longhair was born Henry Roeland Byrd in Louisiana in 1918. His music career didn’t begin until 1948 and it was 1953 before he would have his first “hit” – the often covered “Tipitina”,which also become Longhair’s signature tune.

Longhair’s piano playing style was totally unique and instantly recognizable – rumour has it that this was due to him learning on a piano with missing keys. Nowhere is this more evident than on today’s track released in 1964 and composed by the legendary Earl King. I remember when I first heard this song and it absolutely blew me away. It has such a hard funk groove to it with the crashing drums and that wonderfully catchy piano riff, throw in the whistling which joins in halfway through and you’re on to a winner!

I may have mentioned some time ago that I was in the process of setting up my own youtube channel – well I’ve added a few songs none of which have been featured on the blog and most of which you can’t find anywhere else on youtube. There are some soul & funk tunes as well as some freakbeat, psychedelia & rare groove. Click the link to the right to launch the channel.

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