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Jimmy Beasley - 65% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 2000s
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c.1925, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Beasley’s early career in music was as a member of vocal groups such as the Aces Quartet and the Sonny Kenner Trio, but he was also a dynamic boogie-woogie piano player. It was this aspect of his talent that took him into the King Perry band in Los Angeles. When he decided to try out on his own it was as a pianist/singer that he began Read more

Sticks McGhee - 49% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Granville McGhee, 23 March 1918, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, d. 15 August 1961, New York City, New York, USA. Like his more famous brother, Brownie McGhee, Granville learned guitar from his father. After seeing action in World War II, he moved to New York in 1946. The following year, he made his first record, ‘Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee’, under his own name. Howev Read more

Paul Gayten - 42% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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29 January 1920, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 29 March 1991. This R&B band leader and producer began his professional career when he formed a combo in the late 30s. Gayten made his first sides for the New Jersey-based Deluxe label in 1947 and immediately had a US R&B hit with ‘(You Don’t Love Me) True’ (number 5). The follow-up, ‘Since I Fell F Read more

Sugar Boy Crawford - 27% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: R&B / Soul
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James Crawford, 12 October 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Responsible for one of the two anthems of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras festival, Crawford’s career was cut short when he was assaulted by a policeman. A self-taught pianist, his career began when he and some school friends started an informal band that came to the attention of disc jockey Dr. Daddy-O. He name Read more

Tiny Grimes - 25% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lloyd Grimes, 7 July 1916, Newport News, Virginia, USA, d. 4 March 1989, New York City, New York, USA. After playing drums and piano, Grimes turned to the guitar. Unusual among guitarists, he played a four-string instrument and was also an early experimenter with electrical amplification. In the late 30s and early 40s he worked in New York, attracting great attention when he Read more

Dave Bartholomew - 24% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 December 1920, Edgard, Louisiana, USA. Dave Bartholomew was one of the most important shapers of New Orleans R&B and rock ‘n’ roll during the 50s. A producer, arranger, songwriter, band leader and artist, Bartholomew produced and co-wrote most of Fats Domino’s major hits for Imperial Records. Bartholomew started playing the trumpet as a child, encourage Read more

Walter "Wolfman" Washington - 22% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Washington, 20 December 1943, New Orleans, Louisiana USA. Washington began his musical career singing gospel music in church and was a self-taught guitarist. He had a very long association with singer Johnny Adams, who gave him music and singing advice. Washington’s music tended towards the silky-smooth, soulful side of the blues. In the 60s, he spent over two ye Read more

Henry Butler - 21% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 September 1949, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. A pianist, vocalist and composer, Butler’s work explores ethnic, gospel, blues and European classical traditions as part of a refreshingly eclectic take on contemporary jazz. Blind since birth, he has also become one of the most prominent sightless photographers in America with exhibitions in several major cities.

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Smiley Lewis - 21% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Overton Amos Lemons, 5 July 1913, DeQuincy, Louisiana, USA, d. 7 October 1966, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. While failing to gain the commercial plaudits his work deserved, this New Orleans-based artist was responsible for some of that city’s finest music. He made his recording debut, as Smiling Lewis, in 1947, but his strongest work appeared during the 50s. ‘The B Read more

Barbara George - 20% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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16 August 1942, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 10 Auigust 2006. Barbara George is best remembered for her 1961 R&B number 1 hit ‘I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)’, released on the small AFO (All For One) label. George was discovered by Jessie Hill, another New Orleans R&B artist, himself known for the hit ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo’. Hill brought Ge Read more

Cookie & The Cupcakes - 14% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Earl King - 12% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Earl Silas Johnson IV, 7 February 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 17 April 2003, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The son of a blues pianist, King became an accomplished guitarist and singer with local bands before making his first recordings in 1953 for Savoy Records (‘Have You Gone Crazy’, credited to Earl Johnson) and Specialty Records (‘A Mother’s L Read more

Johnny Adams - 12% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lathan John Adams, 5 January 1932, New Orleans, Mississippi, USA, d. 14 September 1998, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. A former member of several gospel groups, Adams’ first recordings appeared in 1959 on Ric Records. Three years later he secured a minor R&B success with ‘A Losing Battle’, a slow ballad co-written by Dr. John. In 1968 he joined Shelby Single Read more

Phillip Walker - 12% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 February, 1937, Welsh, Louisiana, USA. Originating from the Port Arthur area of Louisiana, Walker worked in many bands building a reputation as a performer of note. Moving to Los Angeles, he recorded for the small Elko label before finally having an album made up from tracks recorded for producer Bruce Bromberg during 1969-72. These were released on Hugh Hefner’s Pla Read more

Professor Longhair - 12% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Cajun & Zydeco Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry Roeland Byrd, 19 December 1918, Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA, d. 30 January 1980, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Byrd grew up in New Orleans where he was part of a novelty dance team in the 30s. He also played piano, accompanying John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson. After wartime service, Byrd gained a residency at the Caldonia club, whose owner christened him Professo Read more


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