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Professor Longhair

Professor Longhair

Professor Longhair originated one of the classic styles of rock & roll piano playing, a New Orleans potpourri - ragtime, jazz, Delta blues, zydeco, West Indian, and Afro-Cuban dances - distilled into boogie-woogie bass lines in the left hand and rolling arpeggios in the right. It was the style popularized by Fats Domino, Huey "Piano" Smith, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, and scores of others.

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