Eddie Bo

Eddie Bo (actually Edwin Joseph Bocage, born September 20, 1930 in New Orleans, † March 18, 2009 ) was an American musician and veteran of the New Orleanser R & B scene.

Life and work

Bo grew up in a musical family; his mother played the piano in the style of Professor Longhair. After completing his military service, he studied at the Underground Forest School of Music in his hometown, where he worked with the jazz piano of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson. In the 1950s, he accompanied Big Joe Turner, Earl King, Guitar Slim, Johnny Adams, Lloyd Price, Ruth Brown, Smiley Lewis and The Platters on tour.

During the late 1960s and 1970s, Eddie Bo worked as a singer, songwriter, producer and pianist. He took since 1955 for labels like Ace, Apollo, Arrow, At Last, Blue Jay, Bo - Sound, Checkers, Chess, Cinderella, Nola, Ric, Scram, Seven B, or Swan and came up with titles like Check Mr Popeye ( 1961), Hook and Sling (1969 ) or check Your Bucket (1970 ) in the charts. Some of his songs have been successfully taken over by musicians such as Little Richard ( Slippin ' and Slidin' ), Etta James ( My Dearest Darling ) or Tommy Ridgley (In the Same Old Way ). As a producer and arranger, he worked for Al " Carnival Time " Johnson, Art Neville, Chris Kenner, Chuck Carbo, Irma Thomas, Johnny Adams, Mary Jane Hooper, Robert Parker, The Vibrettes and The Explosions.

He also took the Dirty Dozen Brass band on and toured with Willy DeVille, whose albums Victory Mixture and Big Easy Fantasy, he can also be heard. With Raful Neal and Rockin ' Tabby Thomas he had since the 1990s, projects under the name The Louisiana Legends, The District Court and The Hoodoo Kings.

Prizes and awards

Among the awards, which received Bo, two Lifetime Achievement Awards from the South Louisiana Music Association and Music / Offbeat Best of the Beat. His birthplace nominated him as their musical ambassadors for Pakistan.

Discography (selection)