Big Boy Myles - New Orleans
Big Boy Myles - Gray Bonnet
Edgar 'Big Boy' Myles is a musician with a strong New Orleans history. He played trombone and sang with many of the 1950s Crescent City greats. He cut records at Cosimo Matassa's legendary J&M studios to be released on labels such as Aladdin and Specialty. Because of this NOLA pedigree, I had thought that Myles' recording offered today must be the original version of the Gary U.S. Bonds smash hit named, New Orleans. It turns out this isn't the case. Even though the records were both released in 1960, Bonds was first. Mac Rebennack's Orchestra backs Myles on both sides and he wrote Gray Bonnet. I'm sure I don't need to remind you that Rebennack had to switch from guitar to piano after a bullet wounded his finger and then, as the hoodoo really took hold in the trippy late '60s, went on to become better known as Dr. John.
Labels: cover version, new orleans, rhythm and blues