Booker, Those Amazing Humans, Second Series, # Whatever (I’ll look it up later)

Posted: November 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Musician Dr. John described Booker as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”
Last night I listened to New Orleans R and B and watched some of my favorite performers on youtube. The ability to be able to call up archival film of the legendary greats in their prime with just a click of a mouse, now that’s technology at it’s best. While I was doing this I hastily penciled out a sloppy but sincere tribute to some of the best musicians of all time, all of whom hail from the rockin’ cradle of virtually everything musically significant, New Orleans.
My friend from the French Quarter, dog trainer extraordinaire, former docent at the historical cemetaire where Marie Laveau rests in peace, singer, picker and songwriter of many excellent songs (so he should know) sent me a comment with only two syllables, Book-er.
booker
James Carroll Booker III (December 17, 1939 – November 8, 1983) was a New Orleans rhythm and blues musician born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Booker’s unique style combined rhythm and blues with jazz standards. Musician Dr. John described Booker as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”
There is a new documentary about this largely overlooked (outside of the region where his legend is large) megatalent. Its title is “Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker” by Lily Keber. I am already looking for it.
Here is a link to his “takeover” of “Junco Partner”.

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