9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

When I was a little kid about the age of the young boy in the photo I thought Fats Domino was the coolest man on the planet. I’d swoon when he came on the radio. “Reeling and Rocking” by Fats came out in 1952, and was the “b” side of the “Going Home” 45 on the Imperial label.

Musicians:

Fats Domino(v/p), Wendell Duconge(as), Robert “Buddy” Hagans(ts), Harrison Verrett(g), William “Billy” Diamond(b), Cornelius Coleman(d).
Producer: Al Young
Engineer: Cosimo Matassa

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Listening to “Rockin’ with Fes” by Roy “Baldhead” Byrd who y’all know as Professor Longhair. This cut dropped in 1952 on the Federal label, and I believe that’s the legend Walter “Papoose” Nelson on guitar. Papoose died criminally young and to this day when his name gets mentioned folks eyes tear up in his old 6th Ward neighborhood.