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Professor Longhair

Professor Longhair

REVIEW: Professor Longhair, 'Live in Chicago,' Orleans Records >>

On February 1, 1976, a living legend performed at the University of Chicago Folk Festival. His name was Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd and he played the piano and sang. Most of the folks in the crowd knew him as Professor Longhair. He was 57 at the time. 'Live In Chicago' (Orleans Records) documents the short seven-song set. Still at the height of his powers, this architect of New Orleans rhumba and R'n'B who could shout a blues or rock the "Mess Around" should be a staple of every American record collection.

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