|Genres:||Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul new orleans rhythm and blues funk|
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9 December 1932, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 17 September 1996, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Jessie Hills primary claim to fame was the classic New Orleans R&B hit Ooh Poo Pah Doo - Part II in 1960. His first musical experience was as a drummer at the age of seven. At 15 he played in a dixieland band and at 20 formed an R&B group called the House Rockers. He briefly worked with Professor Longhair and Huey Smith in the mid-50s before re-forming the House Rockers in 1958, abandoning the drums to sing. After Hill performed Ooh Poo Pah Doo as a joke at his gigs, Joe Banashak of Minit Records heard the song and agreed to record it. Arranged by Allen Toussaint, it eventually reached number 3 on the R&B charts and number 28 on the national pop charts. Hill had only one other minor chart single before moving to Los Angeles, where he wrote songs performed by Sonny And Cher, Ike And Tina Turner and Iron Butterfly. He recorded one...