New Orleans Music: R&B, Roots Rock and Soul, Gospel and Funk


December 3rd, 2003 ~ Jazz may have been born here, but by the 1950s the music of choice in New Orleans was rhythm & blues, and local talent topped the charts with songs like "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "The Fat Man", and "Working in the Coalmine". We'll talk to many key figures in New Orleans R&B, from hitmakers like Lloyd Price, Dr. John, and Aaron Neville and producers Allen Toussaint and Harold Battiste, to bandleader Dave Bartholomew and musicians like drummer Earl Palmer. Plus music recorded in New Orleans' legendary J&M Studios by Little Richard, Fats Domino and Professor Longhair, and funk, jazz, pop and soul along the way.

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  • Open Bed: It Ain't My Fault Smokey Johnson
    It Ain't My Fault, Night Train
  • Good Rockin' Tonight Roy Brown
    Mean Old World: The Blues From 1940 To 1994, MCA
  • The Fat Man Fats Domino
    Out Of New Orleans, Bear Family
  • CLIP:
  • Stagger Lee Lloyd Price
    Greatest Hits, Curb
  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy Elvis Presley
    The King Of Rock 'N' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters, RCA
  • Instrumental: Alberta Lloyd Glenn
    Honky Tonk Train, Night Train
  • CLIP: Earl Palmer on Little Richard
  • Lucille Little Richard
    The Specialty Story, Specialty
  • I Didn't Want to Do it The Spiders
    Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans 1947-1974, EMI
  • SEGMENT: Sal Doucette, Ernest McLean, Cosimo Matassa and Dave Bartholomew
  • I Hear You Knockin Smiley Lewis
    Shame, Shame, Shame, Bear Family
  • Trick Bag Earl King
    Come On: The Complete Imperial Recordings, Okra-Tone
  • Instrumental: Big Wheel Clifton Chenier
    Chess New Orleans, Chess
  • CLIP: Allen Toussaint
  • CLIP: Cosimo Matassa on Toussaint
  • CLIP:
  • Working in the Coal Mine Lee Dorsey
    Wheelin' and' Dealin': The Definitive Collection, Arista
  • A Certain Girl Ernie K-Doe
    Crescent City Soul: The Sound Of New Orleans 1947-1974, EMI
  • CLIP: Irma Thomas
  • It's Raining Irma Thomas
    Sweet Soul Queen Of New Orleans: The Irma Thomas Collection, Razor & Tie
  • I Know Barbara George
    Gumbo Stew, Ace
  • CLIP: Harold Battiste on AFO
  • Olde Wine AFO Executives
    Gumbo Stew, Ace
  • CLIP: Aaron Neville on the Neville Brothers
  • Voodoo Neville Brothers
    Yellow Moon, A&M
  • Open Bed: When The Saints Go Marching In Tuts Washington
    New Orleans Piano Professor, Rounder
  • Country Boy Down in New Orleans Snooks Eaglin
    Country Boy Down in New Orleans, Arhoolie
  • Kingfish Randy Newman
    Good Old Boys, Reprise
  • Creole Blues Albert Nicholas, Danny Barker, et al
    Jazz a la Creole, GHB
  • Corrine Died on the Battlefield Danny Barker
    Jazz a la Creole, GHB
  • Meet De Boys On The Battlefront Wild Tchoupitoulas
    The Wild Tchoupitoulas, Mango
  • CLIP:
  • Iko, Iko Dixie Cups
    Mardi Gras In New Orleans, Volume 2, Mardi Gras
  • Hiko Hiko Donald Harrison
    Indian Blue, Candid
  • Instrumental: Cissy Strut The Meters
    Funkify Your Life, Rhino
  • I Been Hoodooed Dr. John
    In The Right Place, ATCO
  • CLIP: Dr. John on piano
  • Mamie's Blues Jelly Roll Morton
    Jelly Roll Morton, Vol. III: New York, Washington And The Rediscovery, Smithsonian
  • Junco Partner James Booker
    Junco Partner, Hannibal/Rykodisc
  • Instrumental: Big Chief Forgotten Souls Brass Band
    Don't Forget 'Em, N.O. Music Online
  • CLIP: Allen Toussaint on piano professors
  • CLIP: Quint Davis on Professor Longhair
  • SEGMENT: Sal Doucette, Harold Battiste on New Orleans R&B
  • I'm Walkin Rebirth Brass Band
    Feel Like Funkin' It Up, Rounder
  • Walking To New Orleans Fats Domino
    Out of New Orleans, Bear Family
  • End Bed: Walkin Home Donald Harrison with Dr. John
    Indian Blue, Candid