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The Hawketts

The Hawketts' discography is extremely short, consisting of one 45-rpm single, but that one record is an inarguable classic -- "Mardi Gras Mambo," the A-side, was a major hit in the South, and has gone on to become a New Orleans staple, revived every year for the city's famous Mardi Gras carnival celebration. Formed in 1953, the Hawketts were a teenaged rhythm & blues band from the Crescent City, featuring Art Neville on lead vocals and piano, Alfred August on guitar, George Davis on alto sax, Morris Bechamin on tenor sax, Israel Bell and August Fleuri on trumpets, Carroll Joseph on trombone, and John Boudreaux on drums. Years after the fact, Boudreaux told a journalist, "We didn't know that a band was supposed to have a bass player," which helped give the group an unusual sound. The Hawketts soon developed a local following, and in 1955 New Orleans radio personality Ken Elliott (better known as Jack the Cat) arranged for them to record some material at the studio of New Orleans radio outlet WWEZ. One of the songs they recorded was "Mardi Gras Mambo," originally recorded as a country song by Jody Levens in 1953, but Neville's vocals and Boudreaux's subtle but insistent drumming gave the tune an easygoing Latin-influenced groove. Chess Records picked up the master of "Mardi Gras Mambo" b/w "Your Time's Up" for national release, and the record sold well in the South, becoming a major hit in Louisiana. However, the Hawketts' youth and inexperience worked against them in the long term; Chess didn't pressure them for another record, several members of the group soon lost interest after "Mardi Gras Mambo" fell from the charts, and Art Neville moved on to a solo career and a stint in the military before the Hawketts could record a follow-up. George Davis went on to a lengthy career as a producer, instrumentalist, and songwriter, while Art Neville would become one of the giants of New Orleans music as a member of the Meters, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, and the Neville Brothers. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Gold

Disc 1

1. Mardi Gras Mambo

3. Over You

4. All These Things

5. Tell It Like It Is

6. Where Is My Baby

7. Cissy Strut

8. Look-Ka Py Py

9. Hercules

10. They All Ask'd For You

11. Meet De Boys On The Battlefront

12. Brother John

14. Washable Ink

15. Sitting In Limbo

16. Mona Lisa

17. Fire On The Bayou

Disc 2

1. Hey Pocky Way

3. Yellow Moon

4. A Change Is Gonna Come

5. Sister Rosa

6. With God On Our Side

7. River Of Life

8. Brother Blood

9. Fly Like An Eagle

10. On The Other Side Of Paradise

11. Voodoo (Live)

13. Ain't No Sunshine

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Track List: The Cosimo Matassa Story

Disc 1

1. Got A Brand New Baby

2. Four O'Clock Blues

3. Don't Jive Me

4. Tra-La-La

5. Teejim

9. Stormy Weather

10. My Ding-A-Ling

11. Reeling And Rocking

12. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

13. Chee Koo Baby

14. Sweethearts

15. I'm Gone

16. Teachin' And Preachin'

17. Bouncin' The Boogie

18. Early Sunday Morning

20. Country Gal

21. Baby

22. New Bon Ton Roulay

23. Got No Use For You

24. Long Distance Blues

25. I'm Thankful

26. Little School Girl

27. I-Yi

28. Candy Girl

29. Don't Leave Me Baby

30. The Things That I Used To Do

Disc 2

1. Well, I Done Got Over It

2. Tipitina

3. Let's Have Some Fun (Honey)

4. Jock-A-Mo

5. I Didn't Want To Do It

6. You're The One

7. Blue Monday

8. Baby's Gone

9. Sister Lucy

10. 'Til I Say Well Done

11. Every Dog Has His Day

12. Bluesy Me

13. Give It Up

14. Nobody But You

16. That's Enough

18. Cat Music

19. Drunk Drunk Drunk

20. Ain't Gonna Do It

21. I Want To Be Loved

22. Toy Bell

23. You Know Yeah

24. Runnin' Wild

25. It's Too Late Now

26. Real Gone Lover

27. Low And Lonesome

28. Country Woman

29. Say Baby

30. That Night

Disc 3

1. What's It All About?

2. Handwriting On The Wall

3. Mardi Gras Mambo

4. Your Time's Up

5. Eternally Yours

6. Boom Boom

7. Feel So Good

8. I Hear You Knocking

9. Travelin' Mood

10. I Remember

11. Baby

12. So Glad

14. I'm Just A Lonely Guy

15. Tutti Frutti

16. Do Baby Do

17. Who's Been Fooling You?

18. That Girl I Married

19. Rich Woman

20. I'm In Love Again

21. On Bended Knee

22. See You Later, Alligator

24. My Blue Heaven

25. Try Rock'n'roll

26. No No No

27. Long Tall Sally

28. Slippin' And Slidin'

30. Take It Easy, Greasy

Disc 4

1. Rip It Up

2. Ready Teddy

3. Let The Good Times Roll

4. Everybody's Whalin'

8. Rock 'n' Roll Dance

9. The Girl Can't Help It

10. Heebie Jeebies

11. Don't Blame It On Me

14. Down Yonder (We Go Ballin')

15. Shame, Shame, Shame

16. Oooh-Wow

17. (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone

18. Rockin' At Cosimo's

19. Stepping High

20. I Feel Good

21. I'm A Fool About Your Love

22. All The Time

24. Ain't Got No Home

25. Hickory Dickory Dock

26. Just To Hold My Hand

27. Oooh-Wee Baby

28. Back Home To Me

29. You Can Fly High

30. Those Lonely, Lonely Feelings

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Art Nevilles 1st recording at the age of 16. Nola rock and roll classic!

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