Roy ‘PROFESSOR LONGHAIR’ Byrd is considered the founding father of New Orleans RnB.
He made his recording debut in 1949 for the Dallas based Star Talent Label. His band was then called THE SHUFFLING HUNGARIANS. One of the four tracks he recorded then was the first version of his signature tune ‘Mardi Gras In New Orleans’ featured in this collection. Over the following decades he made recordings for Mercury Records, Atlantic, Federal, Wasco, and then back to Atlantic where he produced the immortal ‘Tipitina’. This collection rounds up all the singles recorded during this period. Tracks: Disc 1: East St. Louis Baby, Been Foolin’ Around, K.C Blues, Hadacol Bounce, Rockin’ With Fess, Hey Now Baby, In The Night, Her Mind Is Gone, Ball The Wall, She Walks Right In, No Buts -No Maybes, Longhair’s Blues Rhumba, Look What You’re Doin’ To Me, Professor Longhair Blues, Misery, Willie Mae, She Walks Right In, Looka No Hair, Hey Now Baby, Her Mind Is Gone, Professor Longhairs Boogie, Longhair Stomp, She Aint Got No Hair, Tipitina. Disc 2: Mardi Gras In New Orleans, Cry Pretty Baby, Mardi Gras In New Orleans, Gone So Long, Hey Little Girl, Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand, Bye Bye Baby, Tipitina, Walk Your Blues Away, Longhair Stomp, Who’s Been Foolin’, Between the Night and Day, Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Boyd’s Bounce, Bald Head, Hadacol Bounce, Byrd’s Blues, Curley Haired Baby, Boogie Woogie, Between The Night and Day, Oh Well.