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Piano Man: 1938

Piano Man: 1938

October 1938. "Pianist in cajun band contest. National Rice Festival, Crowley, Louisiana." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

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Jerry Lee

If this isn't Jerry Lee Lewis, it's his doppelganger.

[In October 1938, Jerry Lee Lewis was 3 years old. - Dave]

Rice Festival

Its now the International Rice Festival. Info here:

Rather Envious//Music and Meaning

This expression IS what one has when you know what power music has and how that power affects others. The performer is no longer the master--it is the music itself that is the divine mover.

Patrick Frye III
Charlotte, North Carolina

New keys, please

The piano looks as though it has seen better days. The action on the depressed B needs work. Also, the G needs an ivory replacement. I can only imagine how this roughed up instrument sounded!

Hair ...

As long as I've had wavy hair, I never got it to look like that.

Rice Festival

What was the National Rice Festival?

Wow, he's got the Jerry Lee

Wow, he's got the Jerry Lee Lewis wavy hair--or VV!

Rather Envious

He had beautiful eyelashes. A wonderful expression of calm concentration.

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