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Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Soul/R&B

Jessie Hill (9 December 1932, New Orleans, Louisiana — 17 September 1996, New Orleans) was an American R&B singer and songwriter, best remembered for the classic song, "Ooh Poo Pah Doo". By his teens Hill was playing drums in local bands, and in 1951 he formed his own group, the House Rockers. After periods performing as drummer with Professor Longhair and then Huey "Piano" Smith, he formed a new version of the House Rockers in 1958, which enabled him to focus on singing with the band. The origins of "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" reportedly lie with a local pianist known only as Big Four. Hill scribbled down the lyrics and melody, later fleshing it out with an intro cribbed from Dave Bartholomew.... Continue Bio >>


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