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Eddie Bo

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Eddie Bo (born Edwin Joseph Bocage, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 20, 1930 – March 18, 2009) was an American rhythm and blues singer and New Orleans-style pianist.
Schooled in jazz, he was known for his blues, soul and funk recordings, compositions, productions and arrangements. He debuted on Ace Records in 1955 and released more single records than anyone else in New Orleans other than Fats Domino.

Eddie Bo came from a long line of ship builders with the male members of his family being bricklayers, carpenters and masons by day and musicians by night. Eddie’s mother was a self-taught pianist in the style of friend, Professor Longhair. The Bocage family was involved in the traditional jazz community with cousins Charles, Henry and Peter, who played with Sidney Bechet, contributing to jazz orchestras before World War II.
Eddie graduated from Booker T. Washington High School before going into the army. After his army stint, he returned to New Orleans to study at the Grundwald School of music. There he learned piano, music theory and to sight read, and arrange music. It was at this time that he was influenced by Russian classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz and was introduced to bebop pianists Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson.
Like a lot of other local musicians Eddie frequented the premier blues venue in town, the Dew Drop Inn on LaSalle Street. Eddie began playing in the New Orleans jazz scene and went under the name of Spider Bocage, later forming the Spider Bocage Orchestra.

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  • mistysunday

    Great stuff .

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
  • fleadilla

    me and my homeboy always yell the part "GIRL I SEE YOU OVER THERE IN THE GREEN DRESS WITH THEM GREEEEAT BIG OL YAMS!!!!". fucking timeless!

    16 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Magic_Alex

    startin to get somewhat obsessed with New Orleans Funk. My god this guy new how to get a tune across, somewhat helped by James Black's phenomenal drumming. RIP Eddie.

    3 Jul 2009 Reply
  • rhythmheid

    "This whole world will be here when you're gone" ...but it's a little less funky without Eddie. I wish he'd been more widely appreciated in his lifetime. RIP.

    24 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Zodiac-666

    R.I.P ... :(

    21 Mar 2009 Reply
  • BIGOCEAN

    Can say - only CLASS!

    4 Aug 2008 Reply
  • scharyar

    one of the most unrated living legends of funk music.

    1 Aug 2008 Reply
  • ToniK

    god bless vampisoul

    7 Jul 2008 Reply
  • BlindWilliam

    "I recall the day/when we were close as two to three." If you want to bring it all back together, come to Great Black Music. Help weave the musical fabric of the African diaspora. F O S H O > bw

    31 May 2008 Reply
  • warmjets

    Hook it baby!

    18 Mar 2007 Reply

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