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Professor Longhair / Live on the Queen Mary deluxe vinyl LP

Professor Longhair / Live on the Queen Mary deluxe vinyl LP

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Live on the Queen Mary deluxe vinyl LP package

Professor Longhair (or "Fess" for short), was New Orleans blues singer and pianist Henry Roeland Byrd. Live on the Queen Mary was originally released in 1978 on Harvest Records and it captures Fess' legendary 1975 performance from Paul and Linda McCartney's Venus and Mars album release party. The Queen Mary was by this time a tourist attraction/hotel docked in Long Beach California.

The audio on this reissue has been remastered and a very limited deluxe LP version features a bonus 7", Linda McCartney press photos, facsimile press release and a foreward by Hugh Laurie.

Highlights include the rollicking "Mess Around," the standards "Stagger Lee," "Everyday I Have the Blues," "I'm Movin' On," and Professor Longhair’s own hits "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" and "Tipitina” about which Hugh Laurie writes, “Because that live version of Tipitina, oh sweet Lord. If the record had nothing else on it, it would still be a treasure beyond price.”

Professor Longhair AKA Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd (December 19, 1918 – January 30, 1980) was a New Orleans blues singer and pianist. He was active in two distinct periods, first in the heyday of early rhythm and blues and later on during the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz surrounding the beginnings of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Professor Longhair’s influence was crucial to many of his fellow New Orleans musical legends, such as Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, all of whom were touched by his rumba, mambo, and calypso piano based blues sound.

Live On The Queen Mary is reissued on 5 April 2019 via Harvest / MPL.


  • 180g remastered vinyl reissue of Live on ohe Queen Mary
  • Bonus 7" single
  • Linda McCartney photographs
  • Facsimile press release with 'Living Blues' article on 'Fess'

Vinyl LP

Side A

1 Tell Me Pretty Baby
2 Mess Around
3 Everyday I Have The Blues
4 Tipitina

Side B

1 I’m Movin’ On
2 Mardi Gras In New Orleans
3 Cry To Me
4 Gone So Long
5 Stagger Lee

7" Single

Side A

1 Tipitina

Side B

1 Mess Around Side

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