9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Happy birthday to Bobby Charles, the Abbeville, Louisiana native who wrote dozens of the greatest songs ever committed to vinyl including “Walking To New Orleans.”

He was born today in 1938.

The backstory on “Walking…” is one of the greatest in the history of Deep South r&b, soul or swamp pop…whatever you want to call it – Charles was one of the finest at it to ever draw a breath.

Dig on Charles old LP “Rice N Gravy,” that’s Willie’s band backing him up with Neil Young rocking it. “The Mardi Gras Song” is one of the top tracks.

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