Who was/is Professor Longhair ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more

Professor Longhair, next to Fats Domino, must rank as New Orleans' most influential musician. Born Henry Roeland Byrd in Bogalusa, Louisiana, on Dec. 18, 1918, his family moved to New Orleans when he was still a child.

He soon picked up the wonderfully diverse styles of the old pianists who used to play the clubs and clip joints, and moulded them into his unique way of playing, with Spanish and rhumba accents predominating. He made his first record in 1949 for Star Talent as Professor Longhair and the Shuffling Hungarians and in 1950 'Bald Head' on Mercury was his one and only record to dent the R&B charts. Records for Atlantic, Federal, Wasco, Ebb, Rip and Watch flopped badly although his 1959 Ron recording of 'Go To The Mardi Gras' still sells well every year at New Orleans' annual blow-out.

He was out of work for much of the Sixties, but there has been a welcome revival of interest in his music of late, which has led to many live appearances and a visit to Europe.

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The Blues (CD)
Professor Longhair: The Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSTARB037

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(One & Only) 25 tracks
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Live On The Queen Mary (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Professor Longhair: Live On The Queen Mary (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPB2947901

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(Harvest-Capitol) 9 Tracks (34:32) - March 24, 1975, the cruise ship Queen Mary and a private party of Paul and Linda McCartney. In this context the live album ''Live On The Queen Mary'' by Professor Longhair was created. Henry Roeland...
The Back Of Rock (2-CD)
Professor Longhair: The Back Of Rock (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSBR7978

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(Sunset Blvd Records) 36 tracks, digisleeve Historical studio and live recordings. Includes previously unavailable tracks. A portion of the proceeds from this CD will be donated to The Greater New Orleans Foundation.
Longhair Boogie (2-CD)
Professor Longhair: Longhair Boogie (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD494178

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(Not Now Music) 31 tracks
New Orleans Piano (LP, 180g Colored Vinyl, Ltd.)
Professor Longhair: New Orleans Piano (LP, 180g Colored Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPSD7225

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(Atlantic) 13 tracks 180-gram reissue on colored vinyl.
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