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Has it really been 95 years since Bessie Smith strode into Columbia Record’s New York recording studio with a 24 year old Louis Armstrong to throw down five classics?

Time indeed flies.

In 1925 Smith was being billed as “The Greatest and Highest Salaried Race Star in the World,” but young Louis had not had a single recording issued under his name. Bessie had 50.

That would soon change.

Dial up “St Louis Blues” today and take a look back at one the great race records of its era.

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Hearts are heavy at the Scrumptious house as we reckon with the death of 5th Ward Weebie. Sometimes the best way to grieve is to sit back and blast the music of the artist you’re mourning. Weebie had dozens of local, and national hits but there was never a better one than “What’cha Working It Fa”

Pop in that old battered cassette that’s been rattling around in the glove box of your ’74 Cutlass and think about what might of been.

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Slim Harpo was born on this day in 1924. Harpo, born James Moore in Lobdell, La. died Jan. 31, 1970. If you’ve ever taken the Ronald Reagan Hwy out of Baton Rouge headed west you drove through Lobdell, and had no idea you were traveling through sacred grounds.

It’s not discernible.

In Harpo’s short 46 years on this earth he left a monolithic footprint. Simply put, Slim Harpo was the man.

When the Stones dropped their first LP back in 1964 a cover of Harpo’s ‘King Bee’ was on it. Let’s hope he got a fat paycheck.

We’re listening to “Tee-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu” this afternoon to honor the birth of the man.

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Friday afternoon is finally here after a long work week and we’ve got Fats Domino’s “Little School Girl” on the Hi Fi here in the 9th Ward of New Orleans.

This song was the b-side to “You Done Me Wrong” and Dave Bartholomew was given a co-writing credit along with the Fat Man.

It was recorded at Cosimo’s studio on Rampart Street October 27 1953.

Eagle-eared listeners may be able to discern young legend Papoose Nelson on guitar. Nelson is one of the great, tragic figures in New Orleans music.

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We’ve been on a bit of a Guitar Slim tear around the Scrumptious house of late. There have been plenty bluesmen who have called themselves Guitar Slim over the years but if you’re from the Deep South you know there’s only one real standard-bearer: Eddie Jones, the fighting pride of Greenwood, Mississippi.

We’re playing “Well I Done Got Over It” on this fine Carnival morning.

Yeah, that’s Ray Charles on piano for you record folks with big ears.

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Aaron Neville’s “Tell It Like It Is” hit number one on the r&b charts on this date back in 1967.

I was not yet born but I wasn’t too old before I became a Neville Brothers fan. My mom played their records all the time on her Hi-Fi system when my sister and I were little kids.

Aaron was just 25 years old when he hit no. 1.