Earl King, R.I.P.

Speaking of Earl King, I was sad to read this obituary for Earl King one of the great New Orleans guitarists. (Times userid: mediajunkie, password: mediajunkie)
Most famous outside of NO (and best compensated for) Jimi Hendrix’s cover (as “Let the Good Times Roll”) of his “Come On,” and for the Mardi Gras standard “Big Chief,” especially the Professor Longhair version on which he sang and whistled.
Because of our annual pilgrimages, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing King play, at one point with Snooks Eaglin, no less. As my flight (tomorrow) nears my excitement and anticipation grow.
Plus I just noticed that if I’m willing to stake out a seat in the Jazz tent all day this Sunday I will get to hear Ornette Coleman again!






One response to “Earl King, R.I.P.”

  1. Karlita Avatar

    Sad to see that Earl King has passed away.
    I had posted this photo of myself and Earl outside the Maple Leaf, from 1988 or 1989 – and was hunting some info about him on the web, came across your post…