Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans Memorabilia
Quite possibly the most beloved jazz vocalist of all time, Billie Holiday rewrote the book for female vocalists during her short and tragic life. Gorgeous and soulful songs like “God Bless the Child” and “Trav’lin Light” are great examples of Billie’s unique style, but 1939’s “Strange Fruit” – with its haunting lyric and melancholy delivery – might be her finest work. Billie signed this promo shot “To Ray Baby – Stay #1
In the fickle world of pop music, Kentwood, Louisiana’s own Britney Spears has maintained relevance – both musically and culturally – for over a decade. Britney is one of the top-selling female artists in history and her first four albums all debuted at number one. It’s no accident that her note-perfect blend of bubblegum pop and dance grooves dominated the early 21st century airwaves. She wore this outfit on tour in 1999 as her journey to superstardom was just beginning.
Of all the early rock ‘n’ roll pioneers, no one personifies the true spirit of the art form more than Little Richard. With hits like “Good Golly Miss Molly”, “Long Tall Sally”, “Tutti Frutti” and “Keep A-Knockin’”, Richard defined the reckless, incendiary style that makes rock ‘n’ roll so great. Little Richard wore this completely over-the-top outfit on stage in 1970. The brown stains on the lapels are from pancake makeup dripping off his sweat-soaked face.
No place on Earth has a musical legacy as rich and influential as the Crescent City; and Louis Armstrong – his style, his charm and his unprecedented virtuosity – is the cornerstone of that legacy. This trumpet was Louis’s personal instrument. In Satchmo’s hands, this sacred object gained an almost magical power to make art, bring joy and spread the gospel of American music. The postcard on display is a great example of the self-deprecating sense of humor Louis had. He sent it to a friend named “Jonesy”.
This is a set of handwritten lyrics to the traditional blues classic “Crawling King Snake” – which the Doors recorded for their final album, L.A. Woman, in 1971. Though there were recorded versions as early as the 1920s, the Doors probably became aware of the song through John Lee Hooker’s 1949 recording. These lyrics are in Jim Morrison’s hand.