Legal name: Henry Roeland Byrd

Also performs as: Roy "Baldhead" Byrd

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Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd (December 19, 1918 – January 30, 1980), better known as Professor Longhair, 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 in the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz after the founding of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The music journalist Tony Russell (in his book The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray) wrote that "The vivacious rhumba-rhythmed piano blues and choked singing typical of Fess were too weird to sell millions of records; he had to be content with siring musical offspring who were simple enough to manage that, like Fats Domino or Huey "Piano" Smith. But he is also acknowledged as a father figure by subtler players like Allen Toussaint and Dr. John."

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 New Orleans Piano Professor Longhair 5 2
1980 Crawfish Fiesta Professor Longhair 2
1985 Rock 'n' Roll Gumbo Professor Longhair 3
1991 Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge Professor Longhair 1
1993 Big Chief Professor Longhair 1
1996 Fess' Gumbo Professor Longhair 1
1998 byrd lives! Professor Longhair 1
Rum and Coke Professor Longhair 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 New Orleans Piano Professor Longhair 1
1981 Mardi Gras in New Orleans: 1949-1957 Professor Longhair 2
1987 House Party New Orleans Style: The Lost Sessions 1971-1972 Professor Longhair 1
1993 'Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology Professor Longhair 1
2001 Blues & Rhythm Series: The Chronological Professor Longhair 1949 Professor Longhair 1
2004 A Proper Introduction to Professor Longhair: Mardi Gras In New Orleans Professor Longhair 1
2005 Roy Brown and New Orleans R&B Roy Brown / Dave Bartholomew / Professor Longhair 1
2009 The Primo Collection Professor Longhair 1
2010 Mojo Gumbo Professor Longhair 1
2011 Longhair Boogie Professor Longhair 1
Tipitina Professor Longhair 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Live on the Queen Mary Professor Longhair 3
1996 The London Concert Professor Longhair 3
2002 Big Easy Strut: The Essential Professor Longhair Professor Longhair 1
2014 The Last Mardi Gras Professor Longhair 1
Live In Germany Professor Longhair 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1953 Tipitina / In the Night Professor Longhair 1
1964 Big Chief Professor Longhair 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans Professor Longhair 1

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