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Montgomery, Little Brotherlocked

(18 April 1906–06 September 1985)
  • Barry Kernfeld

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Montgomery, Little Brother (18 April 1906–06 September 1985), blues and jazz pianist, singer, and bandleader, was born Eurreal Wilford Montgomery in Kentwood, Louisiana, the son of Harper Montgomery and Dicy Burton. His father led mule and horse teams, set railroad times, hauled wood, farmed cucumbers, and had a log pond in which Montgomery himself assisted, riding logs to help chain them for the trip to the mill. Most significantly for Montgomery, his father also ran a barrelhouse—a southern saloon that often had a piano and a dance floor, where alcohol was served from barrels. Montgomery claimed that his father served no hard liquor, just food and soft drinks, and that patrons brought their own alcohol. In any event, there he had an opportunity to listen to many accomplished pianists, including the great ...

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