Category Archives: New Orleans

Notes On The Life Of Legendary Transvestite Rock n Roller Bobby Marchan

New Orleans was chockablock with transvestites in the 1950s.

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Notes On The Life Of Arcadia Louisiana’s Bettye Swann

Bettye Swann should be spoken of in the same hallowed terms we reserve for Etta James, Irma Thomas, and Aretha Franklin more

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Oooh-Oooh-Oooh: Notes On The Life Of Lloyd Price

Lloyd Price loved to hang out with his little brother Leo at their mama Beatrice’s fried catfish restaurant, the Fish ’n’ Fry in Kenner, Louisiana when they were kids. She had a jukebox filled with early blues stompers like Beans … Continue reading

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Alligator Pear Beef Steak Pop Up in New Orleans 9th Ward

the details

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Blanche Thomas Was The Unknown Soul Queen Of Treme

Blanche Thomas was born in New Orleans 6th Ward on October 5, 1922; one of seven siblings, her daddy Sam Thomas was a well-known trumpet and bass player who performed with Kid Howard, and Jim Robinson. Her mama, Malvina Stripling, … Continue reading

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Baby Dodds Is On The Mount Rushmore of New Orleans Drummers

Baby Dodds was playing a gig in Chicago at Lincoln Gardens in 1923 when he purchased his “favorite drum.” It set him back ten bucks. When asked to show it off he does so gladly before kissing it and placing … Continue reading

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The Original Bebop Man Bob Kaufman

New Orleans native Bob Kaufman aka the Original Bebop Man was thrown into a San Francisco jail 39 times in 1959. His crimes? Reciting his poetry on the streets. He got tossed in the can so frequently that his friends … Continue reading

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New Orleans Rapper B.G Is United States Federal Prisoner Number 31969-034

“We’re coming in the rap game knocking thangs down, so you either roll with us or get rolled over.” A fateful night in New Orleans East cost Christopher Dorsey aka B.G his freedom in 2009. more

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New Orleans Rapper Six Shot Should’ve Hit It Big

Jermaine Tucker grew up in the Magnolia Housing Project with his running mate Daryll Tapp aka Soulja Slim. When they were little kids just coming up, Slim’s nickname was Ice Cream, and Tucker was still developing his infamous 6 Shot … Continue reading

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Notes On New Orleans Bluesman Little Sonny Jones

Desire Street in New Orleans Upper 9th Ward is named for Désirée Gautier Montrieul who passed away in December of 1868, and is buried in St Louis Cemetery number 2. Her daddy owned the plantation that the famous street now … Continue reading

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Pony Poindexter’s New Orleans Gumbo

Pony Poindexter’s old jazz group, the Black Panthers of the Figuerettes had a good run in Ibiza back in the fifties. They were booked by Bad Jack Hand, an ex-US soldier who had taken it on the lam before briefly … Continue reading

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Consider Leona Tate

Leona Tate is still alive. more

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Big Chief Lawrence Fletcher of The White Eagles Indian Gang

The Big Chief of the White Eagles never backed down. When part of Lawrence Fletcher’s gang broke off to form their own tribe, they stole tambourines and a drum as they split the White Eagles practice spot in Gert Town. … Continue reading

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The Life and Career of Joe King Oliver

Louisianan by birth. Musician by circumstance. Imperious. Loathed by many. A bully who would break up a spitball fight with a pistol. The musically-revered Joe King Oliver charted his own path in the world of jazz and cared little what … Continue reading

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Eddie Johnson Was The Tenor Sax King of Napoleonville

After Eddie Johnson’s daddy was killed in a car crash his mama moved their family 900 miles north from Napoleonville to Chicago. Johnson had not yet started grammar school. more

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Notes on the Life of Johnny Clyde Copeland

I was a teenager with a fake ID the first time I ever saw Haynesville, Louisiana native Johnny Clyde Copeland perform. more

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The Story of New Orleans Jax Brewery

Jackson Bohemian Brewery, locally known as Jax Beer, was founded by 27 year old Alsatian German immigrant Lawrence Fabacher in 1890 at 600 Decatur Street. The building was designed and constructed by fellow German Dietrich Einsiedel. Thos. Hofer was employed … Continue reading

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“It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.” Notes on JD Miller

Louisiana buried J.D Miller on this day back in 1996. The Iota native wrote “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” famously sung by Kitty Wells but his real impact on the record industry came when he sat in … Continue reading

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Johnny Thunders Found Dead On This Day In New Orleans

I wrote an essay on the death of Johnny Thunders. He was found dead today in 1991 at the St Peter Guesthouse in the French Quarter. He was 38. more

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The Murder of Yella Boy

I wrote an essay on the killing of Albert “Yella Boy” Thomas more

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