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Mahalia Jackson: Voice Of The Civil Rights Movement

Jackson, Mahalia - Interview - National Public Radio

An audio recording from NPR's All Things Considered regarding Mahalia Jackson Listen »

James Lee Burke Interview

James Lee Burke - Interview - WWNO FM, New Orleans

An interview with James Lee Burke recorded for WWNO FM, New Orleans. Listen »

Careless Love

Johnsob, Bunk -Audio Recording -Careless Love

Careless Love was recorded by Bunk Johnson and his New Orleans Band on 9 February, 1945 for WDSU Radio Station, at the St Charles Hotel, in New Orleans. The band featured Mr. Johnson on trumpet, Jim Robinson on trombone, George Lewis on clarinet, Lawrence Marrero on banjo, Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau on string bass, and Abbie Williams on drums. Listen »

Got the Blues for Murder Only

Johnson, "Lonnie" Alonzo - Audio recording - "Got the Blues for Murder Only"

An audio recording of Lonnie Johnson performing "Got the Blues for Murder Only" ca. 1930. Listen »

Big Chief Battle Axe (Take A)

Johnson, Bunk - Audio Recording - Big Chief Battle Axe (Take A)

Big Chief Battle Axe (Take A) was recorded by Bunk Johnson and his Jazz Band on 2 October, 1942 for WSBM Radio, at Hotel Roosevelt, in New Orleans. The band featured Mr. Johnson on trumpet, Albert Warner on trombone, George Lewis on clarinet, Walter Decou on piano, Lawrence Marrero on banjo, Chester Zardis on bass, and Edgar Mosley on drums. Listen »

Pallet on the Floor

Johnson, Bunk -Audio Recording -Pallet on the Floor

Pallet on the Floor was recorded by Bunk Johnson and his New Orleans Band on 9 February, 1945 for WDSU Radio Station, at the St. Charles Hotel, in New Orleans. The band featured Mr. Johnson on trumpet, Jim Robinson on trombone, George Lewis on clarinet, Lawrence Marrero on banjo, Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau on string bass, and Abbie Williams on drums. Listen »

Corn Bread Rough

Leadbelly -Audio -Corn Bread Rough

Leadbelly accompanying himself on the diatonic accordion and performing his original composition "Corn Bread Rough". The Louisiana Endowment has included this copyrighted work in KnowLA- The Online Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture for the purposes of criticism, comment,  teaching, scholarship, educational research, all other nonprofit educational usages under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.  Listen »

Lining Tracks (also known as Line 'Em)

Leadbelly -Audio -Lining Tracks (also known as Line 'Em)

Leadbelly performing his song Lining Tracks (also known as Line Em) acapella. Listen »

Outskirts Of Town

Leadbelly -Audio -Outskirts Of Town

Leadbelly accompanying himself on 12-string guitar and performing his original composition "Outskirts Of Town". The Louisiana Endowment has included this copyrighted work in KnowLA- The Online Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture for the purposes of criticism, comment,  teaching, scholarship, educational research, all other nonprofit educational usages under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.  Listen »

There's A Man Going Around Taking Names

Leadbelly -Audio -There's A Man Going Around Asking Names

Leadbelly accompanying himself on 12-string guitar and performing his original composition "There's A Man Going Around Asking Names". The Louisiana Endowment has included this copyrighted work in KnowLA- The Online Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture for the purposes of criticism, comment,  teaching, scholarship, educational research, all other nonprofit educational usages under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.   Listen »

Bayou Pom Pom One-Step

Lejeune, Angelas Lejeune - Musical Recording - “Bayou Pom Pom One-Step”

Angelas Lejeune -Audio -Bayou Pom Pom One-Step Listen »

Le Valse De Gueydan

Leo Souileau's Aces - Musical Recording - “Le Valse De Gueydan”

A 1935 recording of Leo Souileau's Aces performing, Le Valse De Gueydan, a version of Jole Blon. Listen »

Deep Elm Blues

Lewis, Jerry Lee - Musical Recording - “Deep Elm Blues”

Jerry Lee Lewis performing "Deep Elm Blues".  This was an unissued take made in the Sun Studios. Listen »

Great Balls Of Fire (Excerpt)

Lewis, Jerry Lee - Musical Recording -Great Balls Of Fire (Excerpt)

"Great Balls of Fire" was written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer. It was recorded by Jerry Lewis at Sun Studios, on October 8, 1957, and released as a as Sun 281 in November 1957. It was also featured in the 1957 movie "Jamboree". The song reached #2 on the Billboard pop charts, #3 on the R&B charts, and #1 on the country charts. It also reached #1 on the UK pop charts. Listen »

Crazy Arms (Excerpt)

Lewis, Jerry Lee -Musical Recording -Crazy Arms (Excerpt)

Written by Ralph Mooney and Charles Seals, "Crazy Arms" went on to become a honky-tonk standard. The song reached No. 1 on Billboard magazine's country music charts, and has been covered by many artist including Chuck Berry, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Jerry Lee Lewis. Listen »

High School Confidential (Excerpt)

Lewis, Jerry Lee -Musical Recording -High School Confidential (Excerpt)

"High School Confidential" was co-written by Jerry Lee Lewis and Ron Hargrave. It was released in 1958,  as a Sun 296, backed with "Fools Like Me", and reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 9 on the country chart, No. 5 on the R & B chart, and No. 12 on the British pop charts. The song was also certified Gold by the RIAA, and featured in the movie of the same name. Listen »

Jambalya (On The Bayou) (Excerpt)

Lewis, Jerry Lee -Musical Recording -Jambalaya (Excerpt)

Originally released in July 1952 by singer-songwriter Hank Williams, the song's melody is based on the Cajun tune "Grand Texas", and has become a staple of Cajun culture. Listen »

Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On (Excerpt)

Lewis, Jerry Lee -Musical Recording -Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On (Excerpt)

The writing of "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On" is credited to African American singer-songwriter Dave "Curlee" Williams, and white pianist, bandleader and songwriter James Faye "Roy" Hall. Big Maybelle and Big Mama Thorton were amongst the many artists that recorded the song before Jerry Lee Lewis did his own cover at Sun Studios in February of 1957. Released as Sun 267 in May of 1957, the song reached number three on the Billboard pop charts, and number one on the R&B charts. The single also went to number one on the country charts, and number eight in the UK. As a result, Lewis became an overnight sensation. Listen »

Every Man a King (part 1)

Long, Huey - Speech - Every Man a King

Huey Long's February 23, 1934 "Every Man a King" address, broadcast over the NBC radio network, signaled a new phase in his long standing effort to secure a more equitable distribution of the nation's wealth. Listen »

Every Man a King (part 2)

Long, Huey - Speech - Every Man a King

Huey Long's February 23, 1934 "Every Man a King" address, broadcast over the NBC radio network, signaled a new phase in his long standing effort to secure a more equitable distribution of the nation's wealth. Listen »