9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

We’re celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Herb Hardesty, born today in New Orleans back in 1925. Hardesty was a total wildman as the lead sax player for Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. If your grandparents were at a Fats show from 1955 til 1970 they saw Hardesty at his finest, sliding on his knees across the stage; bleating out swinging riffs on the street in front of the club or strutting along the bar top like a mad devil. RIP Mr Hardesty.

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