Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism

Stanton Davis (born Nov. 10, 1945) is an American trumpeter from New Orleans who led the jazz-funk band Ghetto Mysticism, which issued the album Brighter Days on Outrageous Records Incorporated in 1977. Discography: Brighter Days (1977 • Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism) Manhattan Melody (1988) Isis Voyage: Unreleased Music & Alternative Mixes From the Brighter Days […]


Zebra were an American symphonic/hard-rock band from New Orleans that released three albums on Atlantic between 1983 and 1986. Members: Randy Jackson (lead vocals, guitar, piano, Mellotron, synthesizer, percussion), Felix Hanemann (bass, keyboards, strings, synthesizer, vocals), Guy Gelso (drums, percussion, vocals) Discography: Zebra (1983) No Tellin’ Lies (1984) 3.V (1986)

Le Roux

Le Roux were an American southern/hard-rock band from Lafayette, formed in 1978 as Louisiana’s LeRoux. Two albums appeared under the elongated nameplate on Capitol circa 1978/79, followed by three titles under the truncated name between 1980 and 1983. Members: Jeff Pollard (guitar, 1978-81), Rod Roddy (piano), Tony Haselden (guitar), Leon Medica (bass), David Peters (drums), […]

The Wild Magnolias

The Wild Magnolias were an American tribal-funk band from New Orleans that released two albums on the Polydor and Barclay labels during 1974 and 1975. Members: Theodore “Bo” Dollis (vocals, percussion), Joseph “Monk” Boudreaux (congas, vocals), “Gator June” Johnson Jr. (percussion, vocals), “Crip” Adams (percussion, vocals), “Quarter Moon” Tobias (percussion, vocals), “Gate” Johnson (percussion, vocals), […]

The Wild Tchoupitoulas

The Wild Tchoupitoulas were an American tribal-funk/zydeco group from New Orleans that released a self-titled album on Antilles in 1976. Members: Big Chief Jolly [George Landry] (vocals), Aaron Neville (vocals, keyboards), Art Neville (keyboards, vocals), Charles Neville (saxophone, flute), Cyril Neville (vocals), George Porter, Jr. (bass), Leo Nocentelli (guitar), Teddy Royal (guitar), Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste […]


Axis were an American hard-rock trio from Shreveport, La., that released the album It’s a Circus World on RCA Victor in 1978. Guitarist/vocalist Danny Johnson and drummer Vinny Appice hailed from Derringer. Johnson later replaced Yngwie Malmsteen in Alcatrazz. Appice joined the Mob Rules lineup of Black Sabbath and proceeded to the band of vocalist […]

The Meters

The Meters were an American funk band from New Orleans that released three albums on Josie Records in 1969 and 1970, followed by another five albums on Warner/Reprise between 1972 and 1977. They evolved from the Neville Sounds, formed in 1960 by keyboardist Art Neville and his two brothers, Cyril and Aaron. When the latter […]

Joe Simon

Joe Simon (born Sept. 2, 1943) is an American soul singer from Simmesport, La. Discography: Pure Soul (1966) No Sad Songs (1968) Better Than Ever (1969) Simon Sings (1969) The Chokin’ Kind (1969) The Sounds of Simon (1971) Drowning in the Sea of Love (1972) Simon Country (1973) The Power of Joe Simon (1973) Mood, […]

The Residents

The Residents were an American avant-garde/performance band of unidentified players, formed in Shreveport, La., and based in San Francisco for most of their career. Between 1972 and 1985, the band released 12 albums and assorted shortplayers on self-press Ralph Records.  Members: Hardy Fox, Carlos (percussion, 1984–2009), Nolan Cook (guitar, 1998–) ? The musicians who became […]

Chocolate Milk

Chocolate Milk was an American soul-funk band from New Orleans that released eight albums between 1975 and 1982 on RCA Victor. Members: Amadee Castenell Jr. (vocals, saxophone), Frank Richards (vocals, percussion), Mario Tio (guitar), Ernest Dabon (bass), Robert Dabon (piano, clavinet, moog), Joe “Foxx” Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn), Kenneth Williams (percussion), Dwight Richards (drums), David Barard […]


Lift were an American symphonic-rock band from New Orleans, formed in 1972. In 1974, the band recorded an album’s worth of material that was ultimately released as Caverns of Your Brain by the tax-scam Guinness label in 1977. Members: Chip Gremillion (keyboards), Chip Grevemberg (drums), Cody Kelleher (bass, 1972-75), Chris Young (rhythm guitar, 12-string guitar, […]