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. Professor Longhair is noteworthy for having been active in two distinct periods, both in the heyday of early rhythm and blues, and 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, stated "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 Rating Releases
1972 New Orleans Piano Professor Longhair 5 2
1980 Crawfish Fiesta Professor Longhair 2
1985 Rock 'n' Roll Gumbo Professor Longhair 1
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 Rating Releases
1972 New Orleans Piano Compilation Professor Longhair 1
1981 Mardi Gras in New Orleans: 1949-1957 Compilation Professor Longhair 2
1993 'Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology Compilation Professor Longhair 1
1996 The Blues Collection 64: Live in London Compilation Professor Longhair 2
2004 A Proper Introduction to Professor Longhair: Mardi Gras In New Orleans Compilation Professor Longhair 1
2005 Roy Brown and New Orleans R&B Compilation Roy Brown / Dave Bartholomew / Professor Longhair 1
2010 Mojo Gumbo Compilation Professor Longhair 1
2011 Longhair Boogie Compilation Professor Longhair 1
Blues & Rhythm Series: The Chronological Professor Longhair 1949 Compilation Professor Longhair 1
Houseparty New Orleans Style - The Lost Sessions, 1971-72 Compilation Professor Longhair 1
Tipitina Compilation Professor Longhair 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 Live on the Queen Mary Live Professor Longhair 2
2002 Big Easy Strut: The Essential Professor Longhair Live Professor Longhair 1
Live In Germany Live Professor Longhair 1
The London Concert Live Professor Longhair 1

Single

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

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1987 House Party New Orleans Style: The Lost Sessions 1971-1972 Professor Longhair 1
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans Professor Longhair 1

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