James Booker

A one-eyed gay junkie was one of the greatest New Orleans piano players ever. How come nobody told me?


Like Art Tatum, his versions of familiar songs were always his own (like “Goodnight Irene.”)

Early in his career, he had a top 40 hit (well. #43) with “Gonzo.” Early 60s organ, in a totally different style than the traditional rollicking New Orleans piano he’s best known for.

Not only that, but according to the documentary, that’s where Hunter Thompson got the term,