Various Artists

The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 2: Jazz, Blues & Creole Roots 1923-1953

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A strong case could be made for New Orleans as the most important city for popular music in America. It is, after all, the birthplace of jazz, of funk, and arguably even rock & roll and R&B, and there's no denying the influence of the city's famous second-line parade drumming rhythms on pop music, or the city's unique style of shuffling boogie piano playing -- the list of New Orleans "uniques" could go on for awhile. This two-disc, 53-track set (the second of a two-volume series spotlighting New Orleans R&B) covers the years 1947 to 1953 and includes such timeless early jazz, blues, and R&B sides as Professor Longhair's "Mardi Gras in New Orleans," Roy Brown's "Whose Hat Is That," Smiley Lewis' "Growing Old," Ray Charles' "Feelin' Sad," Big Joe Turner's "Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop," Fats Domino's "Going to the River," and many other enduring gems from the rich musical history of the city of New Orleans.

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