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Le Blues du Petit Chien

Breaux, Amedee & Clifford - Musical Recording - “Le Blues du Petit Chien”

Le Blues du Petit Chien ("The Little Dog's blues), the Amedee & Clifford Breaux song that inspired Nathan Abshire's classic "Pine Grove Blues". Listen »

Dr. John on Al Young and the Bop Shop

Broven, John -Audio -Dr. John on Al Young and the Bop Shop

An interview with Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr., recorded in London in 1972, where he discusses fellow New Orleans musician Al young and the Bop Shop record store. Listen »

Dr. John on Dave Bartholomew

Broven, John -Audio -Dr. John on Dave Bartholomew

An interview with Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr., recorded in London in 1972, where he discussed fellow New Orleans musician Dave Bartholomew. Listen »

Dr. John on Dew Drop Inn

Broven, John -Audio -Dr. John on Dew Drop Inn

An interview with Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr., recorded in London in 1972, about the importance of the Dew Drop Inn in the development of New Orleans music in the 1940s and 1950s. Listen »

Dr. John on Smiley Lewis

Broven, John -Audio -Dr. John on Smiley Lewis

An interview with Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr., recorded in London in 1972, where he discusses fellow New Orleans musician Smiley Lewis. Listen »

Dr. John on Walter

Broven, John -Audio -Dr. John on Walter "Papoose" Nelson, Jr. & his brother Lawrence "Prince La La" Nelson.

An interview with Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr., recorded in London in 1972, where he discusses fellow New Orleans musicians Walter "Papoose" Nelson, Jr. & his brother Lawrence "Prince La La" Nelson. Listen »

Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 1

Brown, Clarence Gatemouth -Oral History and Musical Recording -Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 1

Clarence Gatemouth Brown discusses his early life and the beginnings of his career. The interview is followed by an excerpt of Mr. Brown's 1951 instrumental "Okie Dokie Stomp", which was released on Peacock Records. Listen »

Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 2

Brown, Clarence Gatemouth -Oral History and Musical Recording -Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 2

Clarence Gatemouth Brown discusses the first time he performed in front of a crowd of 600 people when he replaced guitarist T-Bone Walker who had fallen ill. The interview is followed by an excerpt of Mr. Brown performing "Dirty Work At The Crossroads". Listen »

Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 3

Brown, Clarence Gatemouth -Oral History and Musical Recording -Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 3

Clarence Gatemouth Brown discusses going solo in 1959 and his many travels across the world as a musical goodwill ambassador. The interview is followed by an excerpt of Mr. Brown's song "For Now So Long". Listen »

Bald Head

Byrd, Henry Roeland - Musical Recording - Professor Longhair plays “Bald Head”

Professor Longhair recorded this version of Bald Head during his revival period in 1979. Listen »

Big Chief

Byrd, Henry Roeland - Musical Recording - Professor Longhair plays “Big Chief”

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Carville Leprosarium - Streaming Audio - “Cast Out But Not Forgotten” National Public Radio

A short account, by NPR reporter Pam Fessler, of her visit to the National Hansen's Disease Museum at Carville. Listen »

Basin Street Blues

Celestin, Oscar “Papa” - Musical Recording - “Basin Street Blues”

Oscar 'Papa' Celestin led the Tuxedo Brass Band, a tremendously popular band that was a major tourist attraction in New Orleans. He was a regular feature at the Paddock Lounge on Bourbon Street and made regular radio broadcasts such as this recording of “Basin Street Blues” for the New Orleans Jazz Club. Listen »

Ay Tete Fee

Chenier, Clifton - Musical Recording - “Ay Tete Fee”

Clifton Chenier recorded Ay Tete Fee in the mid-1950s. Listen »

Ay, Ai Ai

Chenier, Clifton - Musical Recording - “Ay, Ai Ai”

Clifton Chenier singing an edited version of his mid-1960s' regional [Gulf Coast] hit Ay, Ai Ai. Listen »

I'm A Hog For You

Chenier, Clifton - Musical Recording - “I'm A Hog For You”

In late August 1978, the bus of Clifton Chenier and the Louisiana Red Hot Band pulled in to Montreal, Canada, to play a weeklong gig at the Rising Sun, a funky upstairs temple of black music situated downtown on Ste. Catherine Street. It was their first visit and from opening night the club was packed. By the last set Sunday night, the faithful had been rewarded for their devotion and the curious were enlightened about zydeco. With Clifton’s permission, the Rising Sun’s owner and booker Rouè Doudou Boicel recorded the band on a two-track reel to reel tape recorder. Doudou later said: "I was very impressed by his personality. He was a good man, very positive. During his performances, he would forget the passage of time, and one show could last for two or three hours non-stop." Listen »

Indian War Whoop

Colvin, Hiter - Musical Recording - “Indian War Whoop”

A 1929 recording of a country song entitled Indian War Whoop by Louisiana fiddler, Hiter Colvin.   Listen »

Monroe Stomp

Colvin, Hiter - Musical Recording - “Monroe Stomp”

A 1929 recording by Hiter Colvin entitled "Monroe Stomp." Listen »

Mathilda

Cookie & The Cupcakes -Audio -Mathilda

Legendary Swamp Pop artists Cookie and the Cupcakes performing their 1959 hit "Mathilda". Listen »

Bang Bang

Davies, Jimmie -Audio -Bang Bang

"Bang Bang" is drawn from a promotional record sent out in conjunction with the release of Jimmie Davis's 1947 bio-pic Louisiana. It should be noted that this particular version is from a transcription recording, and that it is not the original version. Listen »