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This band brought the NRBQ to NOLA

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When you think New Orleans music, you think jazz and the blues, but perhaps no New Orleans band reflected the city like the band that has NOLA in their name - NRBQ.

With a music style unable to be defined, NRBQ (New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Quartet) has been making music since the '60s and their highest charting single, Get That Gasoline Blues, only made it to No. 70 on the singles chart in 1974. However, chart success was not the calling card of NRBQ, but instead their eclectic live shows with hopping songs like Me And The Boys.

Off their 1980 album Tiddlywinks, Me And The Boys is a barn burner and while NRBQ didn't make videos, thankfully there is video of a TV performance from 1982 of NRBQ performing Me And The Boys. While NRBQ is not flashy in their performance, video standouts includes some weird actions by keyboardist Terry Adams who wrote Me And The Boys.

Highlights in the '80s for NRBQ included adding their fun version of Whistle While You Work to the 1988's Disney tribute album Stay Awake. They were also namedropped by Homer Simpson in a episode of The Simpsons. Having just celebrated their 50th anniversary as band, NRBQ still performs and makes records although Adams is the only mainstay member still with the band.

[Last modified: Friday, January 27, 2017 8:48am]


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