Song of the Day: Al Hirt, “Java”

Pianist, composer, and record producer Allen Toussaint would be 83 today. He wrote songs for Ernie K-Doe ("Mother In Law"), Dr. John ("Right Place, Wrong Time"), Glen Campbell ("Southern Nights"), Lee Dorsey ("Workin’ In A Coal Mine"), and others. He wrote "Java" and recorded it on his 1958 album The Wild Sound Of New Orleans, on which he played as Tousan. Floyd Cramer covered it in 1962 and just missed hitting the Top 40. The Following year, Al Hirt recorded it, and it reached #4 on the Hot 100.

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  1. We saw Al Hirt once. He seemed drunk. At one point his pants fell down, just slipped down to his knees. He kept playing, reached down with his free hand to pull them up– and the show went on as if nothing had happened.


    1. Dad was still alive when “The Green Hornet” started on TV, and he knew right from the start that it was Al playing the theme, saying “only one guy I know of can play like that.” I bet he put on quite a show…

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