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Died On This Date (January 30, 1980) Professor Longhair /New Orleans R&B Icon

Posted by themusicsover on January 30, 2010

Professor Longhair (Born Henry Byrd; aka Roy Byrd)
December 19, 1918 – January 30, 1980

Photo by Lindsay Shannon

Professor Longhair was a New Orleans rhythm and blues pianist and singer whose career spanned some thirty years.  Longhair was a street hustler before turning his focus on playing the piano professionally in the late ’40s.  He made several albums throughout his career, mostly considered among the best of the New Orleans genre.  He was also a crowd pleasure at the most respected music festivals in the world, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival.  Longhair suffered a heart attack and died while asleep.  He was 61 years old.

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