OOH POO PAH DOO * JESSIE HILL * MINIT 607 * USA
Although this solid Early Soul record came directly out of the Southern R&B sounds being cut in around New Orleans at the time, it was taken up in the UK as the new sound of music by the emerging fashion conscious youth, soon to name themselves 'Modernists', ideally suited for their intellectual and spiritual needs, especially dancing. Drummer and vocalist Jessie Hill was born in New Orleans in 1932, and in 1951 while still a teenager formed his own band the House Rockers, after which he played drums with Professor Longhair and Huey Piano Smith, in the late 1950s started to sing fronting a new House Rockers band. Produced by Allan Toussaint Ooh Poo Pah Doo was only the sixth record to be released on Joe Banashak and Larry McKinley's nescient Minit label.
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