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Subject: Musician Professor Longhair was born 100 years ago today (died 1980)


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Date Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 11:20:08am
In reply to: Happy birthdays! 's message, "Other birthdays, Dec. 19-" on Wednesday, December 19, 11:07:36am

Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd (December 19, 1918 January 30, 1980), better known as Professor Longhair or "Fess" for short, was a New Orleans blues singer and pianist. He was active in two distinct periods, first in the heyday of early rhythm and blues and later in the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz after the founding of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1970. His piano style has been described as "instantly recognizable, combining rumba, mambo, and calypso."

The music journalist Tony Russell (in his book The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray) wrote that "The vivacious rhumba-rhythmed piano blues and choked singing typical of Fess were too weird to sell millions of records; he had to be content with siring musical offspring who were simple enough to manage that, like Fats Domino or Huey "Piano" Smith. But he is also acknowledged as a father figure by subtler players like Allen Toussaint and Dr. John.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professor_Longhair

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Film & TV producer Lee Rich was also born 100 years ago today (died 2012)Produced "The Waltons", "Dallas" & other showsWednesday, December 19, 11:23:21am


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