James Booker

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 December 1939, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 8 November 1983, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. As an exceptionally talented child, Booker studied classical piano, but balanced his virtuosity with blues and boogie learned from Isidore ‘Tuts’ Washington and Edward Frank. In his early teens he appeared on radio WMRY and formed a band he called Booker Boy And The Rhythmaires. He made his first record for Imperial in 1954, ‘Doin’ The Hambone’, and ‘Thinkin’ ’Bout My Baby’, produced by Dave Bartholomew, led to sessions for Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis and Lloyd Price, among others. Booker made just two more singles during the 50s, ‘Heavenly Angel’ for Chess and ‘Open The Door’ for Ace. In 1959 he enrolled at Southern University to study music. A year later, he signed to Peacock and had the only hit of his career, an organ instrumental called ‘Gonzo’, which reached number 3 in the R&B charts....

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