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James Carroll Booker III (December 17, 1939 – November 8, 1983) was a New Orleans rhythm and blues pianist, organ player and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Booker's unique style combined rhythm and blues with jazz standards. Musician Dr. John described Booker as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”

Booker was the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, both of whom played the piano. He spent most of his childhood on… read more

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  • It's about the 700th time I've played "A Taste of Honey" this year and my jaw still drops. Such incredible depth, elegance and beauty. A true, one of a kind, genius.
  • Wow, what a remarkable musician. Amazing.
  • from Portugal...Great musician!! thank you New Orleans!
  • over a 100,000 plays. Finally :D
  • RIP, sweet James.
  • A Taste of Honey is giving me goose bumps right now.
  • how the flipping shit is he not recognized as one of the biggest musical geniuses ever. im quite sure, convinced actually, that theres maybe 2 or even 3 different musical things going on at the same time for a lot of the time!
  • first foudn out about james by discovering Piano Wizard stufft away in a used record area of Amoeba in hollywood. Now he is one of my favorite musicians :D

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