Tag Archives: Earl King

Louisiana Music Timeline: February 7

Have a look at OffBeat’s video tribute to the people and events that shaped New Orleans and Louisiana music history through the years on February 7, enjoy… 1934: Birth of blues guitarist, songwriter and producer Earl King, born Earl Silas Johnson in New Orleans 1969: New Orleans blues guitarist Eddie Jones, know as Guitar Slim, [...]

Louisiana Music Timeline: December 5

DECEMBER 5 1925: Birth of saxophonist Alvin “Red” Tyler born in New Orleans. 1928: Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines record their duet “Weather Bird” for the Okeh label in Chicago. 1987: Saxophonist David Lastie passes away in New Orleans at age 53. Recorded with Jessie Hill, James Booker, Dr. John, Earl King and many others. [...]

The BEAT Goes On: A 25 Year Retrospective of OffBeat Magazine

OffBeat Magazine, the foremost authority on Louisiana music and one of the world’s longest-running jazz and roots music publications, celebrates its 25th anniversary with this issue. Here, we give a pithy history of how the publication grew in tandem with the popularity of the city and state of Louisiana’s music scene as it recaptured the [...]

For the Record: Spinning Through a Quarter Century of Album Reviews

These are not selected as the best records of each year but as a record that represented the year in New Orleans music and which was written about in OffBeat. Some of the selections were difficult simply because local releases were largely ignored in the early years of the magazine. What I like about this [...]

Lonely Lonely Knights Hit Frenchmen Street

In 2007 when Ponderosa Stomp Director Ira Padnos was looking for a band to back the Hombres’ B. B. Cunningham on the iconic 1967 hit “Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)” for a New Orleans gig, he looked to his longtime conspirator and production manager Lefty Parker (Fireball Rockett) to put together the [...]

Jay Mazza, Up Front and Center: New Orleans Music at the End of the 20th Century (Threadhead Press)

Jay Mazza has been faithfully listening to and writing about the music scene in New Orleans since he moved here in 1979, and this book is his chronicle of what he has heard and seen. The book touches on almost every major music scene of the city, and gives a history of places and people [...]

Kipori Woods, Blues Gone Wild (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

Last year I was walking down Bourbon Street on my way to meet a friend when I was stopped in my tracks by a distinctive blues guitar sound. I walked into the club and there was Kipori Woods delivering a sleek, flashy solo that stood out from the rote-copy-band music of Bourbon Street like a [...]

YouTube du Jour: Jon Cleary’s Philthy Phew

Recently, Jon Cleary has reconnected to New Orleans R&B in a major way. At Jazz Fest, he announced that he was recording an album of classic compositions and played a killer set that rolled back the clock. His Philthy Phew plays that repertoire, and they’ll open for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Lafayette Square [...]

Wardell Quezergue’s Finest

After Wardell Quezergue’s passing, OffBeat put together a six-hour playlist on Spotify of songs he recorded or produced, and people still told us about songs we missed. It would take an entire issue to write about all of his noteworthy tracks, but Dan Phillips from the blog Home of the Groove has selected some tracks [...]

Paul McCartney, Earl King, and Benny Spellman

  Photographer: Sidney Smith   February 1975: Benny Spellman, Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney, Wings guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and Earl King pose for a classic picture at New Orleans’ Sea-Saint Studios during a break in recording Wings’ Venus and Mars.