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Check Mr. Popeye

Eddie Bo

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Though less famous than fellow New Orleans piano legends like Allen Toussaint, Huey “Piano” Smith, Professor Longhair, and Dr. John, Eddie Bo nonetheless deserves a place in the top ranks of the crescent cities eighty-eight pounders. Professor Longhair was arguably the first to adapt the martial parade ground rhythms of the New Orleans second line for the piano, but Eddie Bo, born Edwin Bocage, had an intuitive knack for splicing these rhythms to infectious, radio ready R&B songs. In recent years the unbelievably heavy funk sides he masterminded on the Bo Sound label have become sought-after collectors items. Less widely appreciated are the seminal R&B sides that he recorded for the Ace imprint in the mid-‘50s. The best of these sides, including the massive hit “Check Mr. Popeye” are collected on this essential compilation of the same name. These instrumental sides date from the era when Bo was arranging and playing on countless sessions for New Orleans artists like Chris Kenner and Chuck Carbo and, like the recordings of those artists, represent New Orleans R&B at its finest.

Biography

Born: September 20, 1930 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A sorely underappreciated veteran of the New Orleans R&B scene, singer/songwriter/producer/pianist Eddie Bo evolved into one of the city's foremost funk players during the late '60s and early '70s, although he never had a national hit commensurate with his musical standing. Born Edwin Joseph Bocage on September 20, 1930, Bo was raised in the Algiers and Ninth Ward sections of New Orleans by a musical family; uncles Peter and Charles and cousin Henry all played in post-WWI jazz orchestras (including...
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