9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

It’s Carnival season in New Orleans and we’re celebrating every single day til Ash Wednesday rears its ugly head on February 26th.

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.

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