Professor Longhair: “Hey Little Girl”

19 Dec

Born Henry Roeland Byrd on this day in 1918. As a teen, danced on the streets of the French Quarter for change and taught himself piano. A club owner called him the “piano professor,” combined it with his hairstyle to give him his name. Complemented his music income with his skill at cards; fame came late. “”If I’m so great, I wonder why I don’t have some terrific contract,” he said a year before his death in 1980.

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