|Genres:||Blues R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||rhythm and blues new orleans blues r&b rock-n-roll|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||official homepage VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
30 October 1925, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 11 August 1999. Originally a pianist, Ridgley played with a dixieland group and Earl Andersons band in 1949 before his powerful R&B voice made him one of New Orleans most respected singers for nearly three decades. His first record was Shrewsbury Blues, named after a district of the city and produced by Dave Bartholomew for Imperial Records in 1949. He also recorded the humorous Looped before Ahmet Erteguns Atlantic label came to record in New Orleans in 1953. The label recorded Ridgley singing Im Gonna Cross That River and Ooh Lawdy My Baby, with Ray Charles on piano. Both were highly popular locally. Jam Up, an instrumental with Ridgley on piano, later appeared on anthology albums. In 1957, it was the turn of Al Silver of the New York-based Ember label to fish in the New Orleans talent pool. He recorded Ridgley in a more mellow...