3.2.07

Kelly Jay meets "Gooduns" in New Orleans

(Photo: LX)

Here's a shot of Kelly Jay, in New Orleans, at Tipitina's, holding an original King Biscuit Boy "Gooduns" album. Fans brought albums and pictures to have autographed, and had pictures taken backstage with everyone. I think Kelly was looking for Richard to get him to sign the album for a fan. Richard recorded one of his albums in New Orleans with Allen Toussaint producing and playing. I believe his studio band was "The Meters", who had the hit instrumental "Cissy Strut". A very funky song that I still know how to play to this day. Anyway, "The Meters" later went on to become the elements of "The Neville Brothers".

Kelly Jay
Kelly Jay has had a long and distinguished career in the Canadian Music Scene. Kelly comes from the Ronnie Hawkins school of musicians, which included The Band. Kelly was often able to create that larger than life persona. He was and always will be the "heart" of Crowbar. Kelly could tell a story just as well as "The Hawk" and often would entertain audiences with tidbits that would almost have you falling off the stage with laughter. He would then shift gears into that barrel house boogie woogie piano and rock the audience right out of their chairs. I was fortunate to have worked with him for several years.
I'll put up a post sometime in the future about being invited to the CNE grandstand by Huey Lewis. Kelly and I went to the show in VIP mode and I was introduced to the Tower of Power horn section, who were doing that tour with Huey Lewis. There is not much nicer than meeting some of your musical heroes!

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