With New Orleans still on a high after the Saints' Super Bowl victory I'm sure this year's Mardi Gras will be something to remember (Hurricanes and Dixie beer not withstanding). My only Mardi Gras, back in 1996, was one of the most memorable trips of my life. Each year on Fat Tuesday, as well eating pancakes, I also like to have my own little Mardi Gras celebration. These are some of the tunes that make me wish I was in New Orleans today.
MP3: Professor Longhair - Go To The Mardi Gras
I posted this one last year too but it's the definitive Mardi Gras song performed by the definitive New Orleans artist.
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This 50s gem is from a great 52 track compilation called Crazy Man Crazy! The Roots of Rock'n'Roll I bought on Sunday. The song morphed into The Dixie Cups' hit Iki Iko in 1964.
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During my Mardi Gras trip I went to a memorable block party hosted by WWOZ DJ The Governor. The following day he did an entire show of Fats tunes; this one was obviously included.
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I discovered the New Orleans masters of funk relatively recently while researching one my chicken song posts. This track has become a carnival standard.
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The Olympia Brass Band are New Orleans legends. You may recall this appearance in the Bond film Live and Let Die.
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I'm on a bit of a Jerry Lee kick at the moment after recently reading Joe Bonomo's new book about The Killer. Not technically a Mardi Gras song I guess but jambalaya, crawfish pie and file gumbo would be high on my list of Mardi Gras eats (along with a fried oyster po' boy, Popeye's chicken and Zapps chips).
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My sentiments exactly. I remember we played this as we drove over Lake Pontchartrain into New Orleans for Mardi Gras in 1996. "Arm-in-arm down Burgundy, a bottle and my friends and me". Perfect.
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Home of the Groove - great blog full of Mardi Gras songs and New Orleans R&B