We promise one 9th Ward photo per day, every day, and so far we’ve delivered; this entry in the series marks no. 1,242
The feeling of excitement is starting to build on the streets of New Orleans 9th Ward as Carnival starts in earnest this weekend with the Krewe of Chewbacchus parade.
The 25 day orgy of fun is fixing to commence.
We’re blasting “Let’s Have Some Fun” by Slim Saunders this morning to get in the Carnival mood. Eagle-eared listeners may take note that both Sugar Boy Crawford and Snooks Eaglin are in Saunders’ backing band.
George Sanders Le Blanc was born in New Orleans December 24, 1929 and died on September 14, 1998. He’s buried in St Roch cemetery. You know that was one hell of a second line.
We’re listening to Malik Ninety Five’s “WWYD” this afternoon at our home in New Orleans 9th Ward. It’s good to take a break from Lloyd Price and Johnny Adams from time to time and see what the young’uns are rattling the quarter panels of their Kias with.
Malik is signed to Curren$y’s Jet Life Recordings and rolls out of Gentilly.
(Malik is not pictured)
Huey “Piano” Smith was born on this day in the Lower Garden District neighborhood of New Orleans back in 1934.
By the time he was 8 years old he’d already written his first song “Robertson Street Boogie” named after the street he grew up on.
Smith should’ve been a national superstar but had the screws put to him by the moguls in the business til he called off his touring life as a musician in 1958; but not before he dropped “Don’t You Just Know It” which cracked the Billboard top 10.
This is prime Carnival music from one of the legends of New Orleans piano.
We’re listening to “I Tried So Hard” by Whispering Smith this morning at the Scrumptious House in New Orleans 9th Ward. Moses “Whispering” Smith was born on this day in 1932 in Mississippi but became known as a Louisiana bluesman through his affiliation with the legendary producer JD Miller of Crowley out in Acadiana.
Put on “Ya Heard Me” by Don Flamingo this afternoon. I can’t believe this cat’s been in the game for 25 years. He gets heavy play in our 9th Ward neighborhood.
Connie Curtis (Pee Wee) Crayton was born in Liberty Hill, Texas on December 18th 1914.
He passed on June 25th in 1985.
Check out Pee Wee’s hot licks via his custom Strat on this remake of the Dave Bartholomew classic (Country Boy.)
We’re listening to Don’t Leave Me Baby by Lowell Fulson and wishing we had a pirate radio station so we could broadcast this cut to the rest of New Orleans 9th Ward. This shellac 10″ dropped in 1953 on the Aladdin label, and was recorded at J&M Studio up on Rampart Street in New Orleans