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The New Orleans King of the Stroll

Tommy Ridgley

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Album Review

Tommy Ridgley was a solid R&B vocalist who was quite successful with novelty tunes and silly songs, but he was also a good romantic balladeer. This 15-track collection mostly covers Ridgley material from 1960 to 1964 for the Ric label, and ranges from laments like "Please Hurry Home" and "I Love You Yes I Do" to such comic material and dance-based numbers as "Double Eyed Whammy" and "The Girl from Kooka Monga." Ridgley wasn't as booming or dynamic as some other Crescent City vocalists, but he made several nice period pieces and soul tunes, several of which are included on this set.

Biography

Born: 30 October 1925 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '80s, '90s

Tommy Ridgley was on the Crescent City R&B scene when it first caught fire, and he remained a proud part of that same scene until his death in 1999. That was a lot of years behind a microphone, but Ridgley never sounded the slightest bit tired; his...
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