Personalities | James Booker | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
(Piano, organ, vocals, 1939–83)
James Carroll Booker III was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He studied classical piano from the age of four and made his recording debut for Imperial at 14. He worked as a session musician in New Orleans from the mid-1950s and recorded for many different labels, as well as playing and arranging for the Lloyd Price big band in the early 1960s. Despite some successful European tours, a narcotics addiction slowed his career development, but he is still remembered with deep admiration in his home town.
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