New Orleans Sound

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The Pioneers

Roy Brown

Dave Bartholomew

The Recordmen

Joe Banashak Dr. Daddy-O Cosimo Matassa Joe Ruffino Marshall Seahorn Johnny Vincent

The Dee Jays

Poppa Stoppa      Jack the Cat

The Piano Players

Professor Longhair Huey "Piano" Smith Alllen 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 Earl Palmer Lloyd Price
Little Richard Irma Thomas 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