James Booker

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Birthday
17, 1939
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Nov 8, 1983 (43)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
17, 1939
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Nov 8, 1983 (43)

About

New Orleans-born musician who combined rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, stride, and Latin. He also mastered classical music, such as Bach and Chopin.

Before Fame

He scored a recording deal in 1954 with Imperial, laying down Thinkin' 'Bout My Baby and Doin' the Hambone, as well as participating in session work with Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, and Lloyd Price.

Trivia

He was the organist for Dr. John's Bonnaroo Revue in 1974.

Family Life

He was born into a family of Baptist ministers with his father and grandfather being preachers as well as piano players.

Associated With

He greatly impressed Arthur Rubinstein with his musicality after performing for Rubinstein in 1958 following one of the pianist's concerts.