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Louisiana has become a popular setting for several hit reality TV shows on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E, CMT, and other cable networks.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANSNCIS: NEW ORLEANS - It is the season’s #1 new series & broadcast television’s #2 drama. The series stars Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich and CCH Pounder. Led by Agent Dwayne Pride, the New Orleans office of NCIS handles cases from the Mississippi River to the Texas Panhandle. Special Agent Chris Lasalle and his partner Special Agent Merri Brody, a recent transfer from the Great Lakes field office, work with Pride to ensure the safety of the once hurricane stricken Crescent City.

Duck Dynasty - Duck Commander - Louisiana TV ShowDuck Dynasty - West Monroe, Louisiana - Duck Dynasty features the Robertsons, a Louisiana bayou family living the American dream as they operate a thriving business (Duck Commander makes high quality duck calls and duck decoys out of salvaged swamp wood) while staying true to their family values and lifestyle. Stop on by for a good time, a few laughs and little Robertson Family Wisdom.
Duck Commander Website
Go to: Duck Dynasty

Swamp People - Louisiana TV ShowSwamp People - Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana -  Swamp People follows the day-to-day activities for several Cajuns living in the Atchafalaya River Basin swamp in Louisiana, USA who hunt American alligators for a living. Each season, the series focuses on five teams of alligator hunters, with each episode generally featuring three or four teams, as they hunt gator.
Swamp People on History | Facebook Website
Go to: Swamp People

Nightwatch New OrleansNightwatch New Orleans - It focuses on 1st responders, working the graveyard shift, in one of the world’s most notorious night cities. We take the viewer behind the scenes in real time as EMS, police & fire respond to every kind of call possible, many of which are stranger than fiction. We were amazed by the incredible cooperation & access from all 3 of New Orleans’ first responder agencies. They all embraced us and our crew, and gave an unfiltered front seat view of the city’s action, intrigue and drama.
Go to: Nightwatch New Orleans

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Aaron Neville from New OrleansAaron Neville - New Orleans most recognized living celebrity is appropriately at the top of the list. Aaron is the only entertainer to win Grammy Awards in every major category from gospel to country! Aaron was the first Neville to burn his way up the national charts. In 1966, his "Tell It Like It Is" hit number-one. Unfortunately, the label, Par-Lo, went broke before Aaron got paid. On the strength of the smash, though, Neville toured nationally and established his status and a singular style marked by a rare and haunting beauty.
Go to: Aaron Neville

Andrei Codrescu - has published poetry, memoirs, fiction, and essays. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and on the UNO faculty. Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Romania, in 1946. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1966 and became a U.S. citizen in 1981. He is a poet, novelist, essayist, teacher, and lecturer. Codrescu is MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he edits Exquisite Corpse: a Journal of Letters & Life. He is also a regular commentator on National Public Radio and winner of the Peabody Award for the film “Road Scholar.”

Anne Rice - the official site has latest info on her activities and projects as well as info on her books. Anne Rice is one the of the best selling New Orleans authors. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history. She completed her first book, Interview with the Vampire, in 1973 and published it in 1976. This book would be the first in Rice's popular Vampire Chronicles series, which now includes over a dozen novels, including 1985's The Vampire Lestat and 1988's The Queen of the Damned. Along with several non-series works, Rice has written three novels in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches sequence.

Archie Manning - Find all the old statistics for our beloved Archie Manning’s football years with the New Orleans Saints and those other teams. Also check out this Site of the Manning Passing Academy, the home page has many facts about the man they called "Archie Who". Like Archie, this site's a real class act. NFL Films Tribute to Archie Manning - YouTube

Arthel Neville - Arthel Neville (born October 20, 1962, in New Orleans, Louisiana), is an American journalist and television personality. Arthel is the daughter of Art Neville, founder of the New Orleans music groups The Meters and The Neville Brothers. Arthel is an american journalist and television personality.

BeauSoleil - Now in their third decade, BeauSoleil has secured their position as America's most popular Cajun group. Two time Grammy winners, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, the world's most revered Cajun group, celebrate with a historic gathering of some of Louisiana's best musicians.

Benny Grunch - Known for his local hit singles "The 12 Yats Of Christmas" and "Ain't Dere No More". This is the "really-fa-true NuAwlins".  Looka' I know ya' can make alot more dough in Idaho, but if you can read this without axin' somebody else to translate it fa'ya'; and you're somplace else? Ya' don't belong there (where ever it is you're at.). You know where ya' belong. And guess what.We're still savin' a spot fa'ya'. Benny Grunch.

Better Than Ezra - Nationally known Louisiana band. Better Than Ezra is an American alternative rock trio based in New Orleans Louisiana. Take a tour of their home and find tour dates, band bios, tour photos and band merchandise.

Beyonce - Beyonce and Jay Z own a home and a church in New Orleans. Beyoncé and her husband purchased a historic 1925 mansion in New Orleans as well as a church on the corner of Seventh & Camp Streets in the Garden District.

Blayne Weaver - Born in Bossier City, Louisiana. Blayne is an actor and a writer.

Bobby Hebert - Bobby (Cajun Cannon) left as a champion on the football field and returned as a hero on the air replacing the legendary Buddy D April 18, 2005. Bobby was born in Galliano, Louisiana. In 1991 Bobby Hebert led the Saints to their first playoff appearance in franchise history. Ditto in 1992. In 2010 Bobby donned a dress for a parade of thousands of similiarly clad men to fulfill Buddy D's vow to don a dress and parade all the way downtown.

Branford Marsalis - biography, tour dates and more. The New Orleans native was born into one of the city’s most distinguished musical families. Whether on the stage, in the recording studio, in the classroom or in the community, Branford Marsalis represents a commitment to musical excellence and a determination to keep music at the forefront.

Brian Stoltz - Brian Stoltz has released four solo albums, has toured and recorded with Rock ‘n Roll Royalty and has performed on a string of recordings – playing, producing or writing for various artists. Basing his art on street virtuosity, raw emotion and a stinging signature style, he is becoming known as New Orleans’ premiere guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire.

Britney Spears - official site. Bio, fan club, music, photos, and more. Access Britney Spears photos, galleries and videos.  Get the latest news direct from Britney on her official blog. Keep up with Britney on Twitter or Facebook with links here on her site.

Bruce Mitchell - Bruce runs the Kliebert Turtle & Alligator Farm and appears on Swamp People. In addition to raising reptiles, Bruce and Tyler (his dawg) hunt and process wild gators, selling the meat and other parts to various customers.

Bryant Gumbel - New Orleans native. Find Bryant Gumbel News, Biography, Credits, Movies, etc. Bryant Gumbel is an American television journalist (15 years as co-host on NBC's 'The Today Show' and sportscaster as is his younger brother, Greg Gumbel.

Buckwheat Zydeco - official site for your zydeco pleasure! He leads one of the best party bands in America; he can pump out zydeco two-beats or shift into rolling 12-bar blues, steaming all the way. If you've seen a Buckwheat show, you know what to expect: rocking, stomping, good time Creole party music.

Buddy Guy - born 7/30/36 in Lettsworth, Louisiana. He's called the greatest living exponent of classic Chicago electric blues. He is a thrillingly inventive guitarist, a passionately soulful singer, and a peerless showman. This New Orleans native is a Hall of Fame inductee and even had influence on the likes of Hendrix, Clapton and Vaughan.

Carl Weathers - Carl was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and is well known as an American actor seen in the Rocky Series of movies. Carl also was a professional football player.

Carly Patterson - At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Patterson competed as an all-around athlete and delivered outstanding performances in the preliminary competition, finishing first overall, qualifying for the all-around and balance beam finals. She won the gold medal, an achievement that had only been attained by one other American gymnast, Mary Lou Retton, during the 1984 summer games. Carly became the first American woman to ever win the Olympic All-Around title in a fully attended Olympic Games.

Charlie Miller - is a well known New Orleans born and raised Jazz Trumpet player, residing in New Orleans La.  He produced 2 CDs titled Peace Horn and Funk Horn. Charlie Miller's music is the very essences of New Orleans... her intrique, her quirks and foibles, her people and the echoes of all her legendary musicians. Most of all... Charlie's music is the genuine thing - the real music of New Orleans in all its diversity.

Chef Emeril Lagasse - The world of culinary professionals, critics, gourmets and foodies applauded enthusiastically for one of New Orleans' brightest star chefs. Read reviews, etc. Lured to New Orleans by Dick and Ella Brennan, Lagasse established his star at their legendary restaurant, Commander's Palace, where he was executive chef for seven and a half years.

Chef John Folse - His Lafitte's Landing Restaurant in Donaldsonville is recognized as one of the finest restaurants in and around New Orleans. Get recipes, learn about this great chef, buy his cookbooks and more. Thirty years of culinary excellence later, Folse is still adding ingredients to the corporate gumbo he calls Chef John Folse & Company, which is as diverse as the Louisiana landscape, and he would not want it any other way.

Chris Thomas King - Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A New Orleans based blues musician and actor. He has won awards including "Album of the Year" for both Grammy Award and Country Music Awards.

Dash Rip Rock - one of our many talented home grown bands from Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a national reputation. Fans of New Orleans roots rockers Dash Rip Rock will tell you that this punkabilly trio is the greatest bar band ever.

Dave Bartholomew - Born in Edgard, Louisiana, and moved to New Orleans while he was a youngster. He was a catalyst in molding and shaping the New Orleans sound during rock & roll's formative years and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. While he produced, wrote and arranged for recordings by numerous other artists, Bartholomew's partner-ship with Domino proved the most prolific and productive. The pair would eventually generate sales in excess of several hundred million dollars, receiving recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records for a world record in recording sales.

Delta Burke - a part-time resident of New Orleans (she owns a home in the Quarter), read her filmography and a mini-biography. Delta Ramona Leah Burke (born July 30, 1956) is an American television and film actress. Her television work includes a leading role as Suzanne Sugarbaker in the CBS sitcom Designing Women.

Dixicups, The - This New Orleans group went to the top of the charts in 1964 with 'Chapel of Love'. "Iko Iko", a New Orleans standard , was recorded early in 1965.

Donna Brazile - Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s She is a Fox News contributor.

Donna Douglas - born in Pride, Louisiana. American actress who played Elly May Clampett in "The Beverly Hillbillies".

Dorothy Lamour (Dorothy Kaumeyer) - born in New Orleans. American actress and singer. Official site with filmography, biography, and photos.

Doug Kershaw - known as the "Ragin' Cajun". Doug's official site includes bio, fan club info, appearance dates, etc.

Earl Holliman - Earl was born in Delhi, Louisiana in September 1928 and is an American film and television actor. He is best known playing opposite Angie Dickinson in the Police Woman. He played Lt. Bill Crowley.

Eddie Jemison - a New Orleans native appearing in movies and television shows since 1996. He was Livingston Dell in the "Oceans 11", "Oceans 12" and "Oceans 13". His TV credits include appearances on "The Closer" and several of the CSI shows.

Eli Manning - with the New York Giants - New Orleans' own Eli Manning, listed in Player Profiles. Also, find latest Giants' schedule, ticket info, and headlines.

Ellen DeGeneres - a New Orleans native (born in Metairie), read her filmography, mini-biography and more. Ellen DeGeneres is a syndicatead talk show host of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. She is an American stand-up comedian, television host and an actress.

Ellis Henican - Born in Virginia and raised in New Orleans. Ellis helped pen Sean Payton's Book 'Home Team'. He is a columnist at Newsday, AM New York and a political analyst on Fox News Channel.

Ellis Marsalis Jr. - the great modern jazz pianist and patriach of the Marsalis family of Jazz musicians. Ellis Marsalis can usually be seen performing at Snug Harbor jazz bistro in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ellis Marsalis has been a major influence in jazz.

Fats DominoFATS DOMINO - New Orleans - The first ambassador of New Orleans rock 'n' roll, Domino collected 23 gold singles and sold 65 million records. "This is a tribute to the man who made 23 rhythm & blues records that sold each more than a million copies. All together he sold more than one hundred million records. Fats made millions of people happy with his warm and recognizable voice. He is one of the biggest promoters of the New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Style, and gives a positive impulse on hundreds of Rhythm & Blues artists around the world." Fats Domino: Walking Back to New Orleans The PBS documentary "Fats Domino:Walking Back To New Orleans" went into premiere at Tipitina's in New Orleans on November 5, 2008 in the presence of Fats, who also received a replacement at that occasion of his Lifetime Achievement Grammy. The documentary, which contains 30 minutes of his concert filmed in May 2007 at Tipitina's, features also interviews with firends and fellow musicians like Dr.John, Irma Thomas, Robert Plant, Randy Newman and Allen Toussaint.

Frankie Ford - a rock 'n' roll original. Hear his hit "Sea Cruise", catch his schedule, and tour dates along with a photo gallery. I have always given credit to "Mr. Johnny" for giving me a shot and for all the many opportunities that my success at Ace Records has afforded me throughout my career***. To My Manger Ken Keene, for direction and managing my music career, and being a true friend, and to my Mom, Anna, without whom there would be nothing. GOD rest them all in PEACE and LOVE. ----- Frankie Ford

Funky Meters - Today founding members Art Neville and George Porter Jr., are joined by New Orleans native Brian Stoltz on guitar and Russell Batiste Jr. on drums and are known officially as the funky METERS. funky METERS tap into the roots of The Meters musical heritage while taking the sound well into the future. Their trademark sound blends funk, blues, and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe. In fact, the funk is still going as strong today as it was 40 plus years ago.

Gator Queen Liz - Come meet the Gator Queen, Gator Queen Liz Cavalier Choate Gator Queen from Swamp People on History Channel Official Site
There aren't many lady gator hunters in South Louisiana. But I am proud to say I am one of them.

George Porter, Jr - his official site gives a brief look at his career as a premiere bass player and performer. Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he’s notched sessions with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson and Tori Amos.

George Rodrigue - New Orleans - Featuring the artwork of Cajun artist George Rodrigue, most famous for the "Blue Dog" series of paintings. Studio location in New Orleans, he was born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Grace Zabriskie - Born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father founded Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop and Lafitte's in Exile, a cafe and bar on Bourbon Street. Grace is an American actress and has appeared in many popular films and television series.

Guist Brothers - Brittany, Louisiana - Glenn and Mitchell Guist, born and raised in the deep southern swamps of Louisiana and featured on History Channel's 'Swamp People,' are a living example of a pure and simple way of life rarely seen today." Learn more: Glen Guist  Mitchell Guist

Hank Williams Jr. - official website of Hank, Jr. - born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Check out the latest info on albums, schedule, fan club and much more. In the music industry, there are very few artists who surpass superstar status to become true American icons. Hank Williams Jr. is a founding member of that elite club.

Harry Connick, Jr. - The official web site for this home grown popular singer. You can catch his bio, discography, tour dates, latest news and more. Harry Connick, Jr. (born September 11, 1967) is an American singer, actor, composer, and pianist. Connick has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. He is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million certified albums.

Harry Shearer - writer and actor of Simpsons and Spinal Tap fame. You can hear audio samples of Simpsons and Spinal Tap roles from this New Orleans transplant. Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American actor, comedian, writer, voice artist, musician, author and radio host. He is known for his long-running role on The Simpsons, his work on Saturday Night Live, the comedy band Spinal Tap and his radio program Le Show. He first came to New Orleans in 1988 and has attended every edition of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since. He even has a home in the Faubourg Marigny.

Hokie Gajan - Born in Baker, Louisiana, Howard Lee "Hokie" Gajan is a former American football running back who play for the New Orleans Saints and is now on WWL Sports radio.

Ian Joseph Somerhalder - Born in Covington, Louisiana. Ian Joseph Somerhalder is an American model, actor and producer, best known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in the TV drama The Vampire Diaries. Somerhalder spends much of his time studying acting, writing and practicing yoga. His recreational interests include water and snow skiing and horseback riding.

Irma Thomas of New OrleansIrma Thomas - read her biography and learn how she's rode the waves of rhythm and blues and continues to blossom even in today's music scene. Irma Thomas (born February 18, 1941, Ponchatoula, Louisiana) is a Grammy Award-winning soul and rhythm and blues singer from New Orleans. She is known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans". In April 2007, Irma Thomas was honored for her contributions to Louisiana music with induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Go to: Irma Thomas

Jay Z - Beyonce and Jay Z own a home and a church in New Orleans. Beyoncé and her husband purchased a historic 1925 mansion in New Orleans as well as a church on the corner of Seventh & Camp Streets in the Garden District.

Jerry Lee Lewis - born in Ferriday, Louisiana. American singer-musician. official site with multimedia, discography, and more. Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 2008 He was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him number 24 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Jimmy Buffett - a Gulf Coast native, he spent much of his early career playing in clubs on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Find his discography, band information, tour dates, a store, and a newspaper for fans to subscribe called "The Coconut Telegraph". Jimmy Buffett’s Biggest Fan Site.

Jimmy Swaggart - born in Ferriday, Louisiana. Includes information on ministries, live programming, and more.

John Folse - famous chef from Donaldsonville, Louisiana - get info on his restaurant in Donaldsonville, his catering service in Baton Rouge, his on line store with a full selection of specialty items fresh or frozen from Louisiana. You can also find info on his PBS "A Taste of Louisiana".

John Goodman - Movie star with a lot of connections in New Orleans. Read his filmography and TV history of this well loved actor. You can catch him at times at the House of Blues having a Big Easy evening! Goodman has long resided in New Orleans, Louisiana[4] and is now being thought of as a "Fellow Louisianian" by the people in Louisiana. Since Hurricane Katrina, Goodman has appeared on several recovery commercials aired in Louisiana.

John Bernard Larroquette - Born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is known as a TV actor (won Emmies), movie star, director and producer.

John Carroll - (1906-1979) Born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He appeared in over 50 movies during his career.

Jon Cleary - purveyor of high quality funk and blues piano. Jon Cleary is a funk and R & B musician based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is from Cranbrook in Kent, England, and has studied for the past 20 years the "musical culture and life of New Orleans," according to his website. Cleary is an accomplished pianist, vocalist and song-writer.

Junior and Willie Edwards - Bayou Sorrell, Louisiana - Swampers to the core, Junior Edwards and his son Willie spend their days out on the bayous and waterways of south Louisiana throughout the year.  Catch them on Swamp People and enjoy the adventure of Louisiana people at work.

Kayla Woodson - Kayla Woodson is from Waggaman, Louisiana and is a 15 year old country music prodigy. Keep your eyes on this "Special Songbird"!

Keb Mo - the official site for this famous Louisiana Blues musician. You can find his bio, tour info, news, and chat and more.

Kermit Ruffins - All Aboard: A Profile of Kermit Ruffins - profile of this very popular New Orleans jazz man. Ruffins is an eager player and active in the New Orleans music community.

Landry’s Gang - Swamp People’s Troy Landry and son Jacob. Known as the King of the Swamp, Troy is one of the bayou's most charismatic hunters, a Cajun proud of his family's long history in Pierre Parte. Visit them on their site:

Leon Eric "Kix" Brooks - of Brooks and Dunn was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. The undisputed kings of the '90s' line-dancing craze, Brooks & Dunn are not only the biggest-selling duo in country music history, they've also sold more records than any other duo period, save for Simon & Garfunkel.

Lil Wayne - Born in New Orleans, Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (Lil Wayne) is an American rapper. In 1997, Lil Wayne joined the group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live! that year. Lil Wayne gained most of his success with the group's major selling album Guerrilla Warfare. Lil Wayne released his Platinum debut album Tha Block Is Hot, selling over one million copies.

Marsha Ball - honed her powerful singing and deft, rollicking keyboard chops while growing up in the small town of Vinton, Louisiana.

Master P - Percy Jayceon Miller better known as Master P was born in New Orleans. He is known for his music, business savy and entrepreneurship.

Mickey Gilley - Mickey Gilley was born in Natchez, Mississippi in 1936 and grew up in nearby Ferriday, Louisiana. He grew up alongside his two famous cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart.

Dr. Morgus the MagnificentMORGUS THE MAGNIFICENT - New Orleans - The online home of Dr. Morgus, America's most endearing and enduring horror movie host/scientist and favorite local celebrity of New Orleans Baby Boomers. Come for the fun and relive and remember those great times with Morgus the Magnificant.
And from Dr. Morgus himself: “GREETINGS FRIENDS OF SCIENCE from the Momus Alexander Morgus Institute (M.A.M.I.), and its academic society, The Morgusian Order to Revere a Glorious Understanding of Science. (M.O.R.G.U.S.). You see, I, Morgus, have a mission. One given to me by a "Higher Order" of humanitarians devoted to the preservation and elevation of our planet through scientific means.”
Go to: 
Morgus Presents Online

Mr. Bill - was discovered in New Orleans and got his "big break" on Saturday Night Live and was a cast member for 7 years. There are books and movies available on his official site.

Neville Brothers - offical site for New Orleans' first family of funk. Featuring the latest news, the freshest tour dates, complete discographies, chat and merchandise. The Neville Brothers date back to 1977 when the four brother of the Neville family got together and formed a group. The four brothers are Art, Charles, Aaron and Cyril.

Patricia Clarkson - New Orleans born actress. Find her filmography, news and more. By the way, her Mama is New Orleans councilwoman Jackie Clarkson.

Peyton Manning - An All-America selection both on the field and in the classroom

Peyton Manning - Quarterback Peyton Manning established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. The Foundation focuses its efforts in a three state region and has donated more than $4.3 million to youth organizations in Indiana, Tennessee and Louisiana since its inception (the Foundation will begin supporting youth-based organizations in Colorado beginning in 2013).

Radiators, The - their official site where you can read bios on our beloved Radiators. Learn their discography, leave messages, check tour dates, and read their reviews. The Radiators are a rock band who have combined the traditional musical styles of New Orleans with the more mainstream rock and R & B to form a funky variety they call fish-head music.

Raymond Arroyo - Raymond Arroyo is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist and a producer. As founding News Director, Managing Editor and Lead Anchor for EWTN News, he is seen in more than 350 million homes on six continents each week and heard on more than 500 AM/FM affiliates. He also appears on Laura Ingraham's show on Fox News.

Randy Jackson - Jackson was born Randall Darius Jackson in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a singer, record producer, bassist, music manager and television personality. He is best known as a judge on the American Idol services and is executive producer for America's Best Dance Crew. Randy has won a Grammy award as a producer.

Randy Newman - Born in Los Angeles, California, Randy lived in New Orleans until he was 11 years old. Randy Newman is a singer, songwriter, arranger, composer and pianist. One of his biggest hits was "Short People". He has won an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards and four Grammy Awards. Randy was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

Reggie Wayne - Reggie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and is a professional football player (wide receiver for Indianapolis Colts). Reggie has played in the Pro Bowl three times and won a championship ring in Super Bowl XLI.

Reese Witherspoon - Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was raise in Nashville, Tennessee.
She has many successful movies and television appearances under her belt and I expect we will continue to see great work from her.

Rhonda Shear - Hailing from New Orleans, this home-grown New Orleanian is one of a kind television personality, comedienne and actress. She is best known for her role as a host of the USA Network's B-movie show, USA Up All Night. Rhonda is living proof that comedy can be sexy and sexy can be smart.

Richard Simmons - stop by and be inspired by our most inspirational fitness guru. You can order books, videos or catch his daily message. Born in New Orleans as Milton Teagle Simmons, the world knows him as Richard Simmons, the American fitness personality with his most famous being Sweatin' to the Oldies.

RJ and Jay Paul Molinere - Houma, Louisiana - Welcome to the Official site of R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere from History Channel's Swamp People. You can also see them on their fan appreciation site,

Rosa Rio - Meet Rosa Rio born in New Orleans and a Living Legend. Rosa Rio played live organ for silent films, then for NBC Radio, and then for TV soap operas. She still plays live organ when the Tampa Theatre in Florida holds a silent movie night. Visit her at the Tampa Theatre.

Sandra Bullock - Oscar winner Sandra Bullock has many homes all over the United States, but lives part time on Fourth & Coliseum Streets.

Shelby ‘The Swamp Man’ Stanga - Shelby is a one-of-a-kind gem and we watch him every chance we get. Join him, Cousin Belinda, Piss Willy and his many friends for a few laughs and a lot of fun down on the bayou!

Steven Seagal - American action movie actor, producer, writer, director, martial artist, philanthropist, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and Deputy Sheriff in Jefferson Parish right here in Louisiana. It seems our late-great Harry Lee asked Steven to join them and he did. Thanks Steven!!

Subdudes, The - Famous Louisiana rock band. The subdudes' official home on the Internet!

Swamp People - HISTORY channel follows Louisiana swampers through a time of year that is crucial to their survival: the 30-day alligator hunting season. At its core, this is a uniquely American story of a proud and skillful people fighting to maintain an ancient way of life in a rapidly modernizing world, despite the many perils and trials that stand in their way.

Terry Bradshaw of ShreveportTerry Bradshaw - Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a former quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the American National Football League (NFL), and a current beloved television host. Due to his excellent performance in college as a most outstanding college player, Terry Bradshaw was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. Terry also had an excellent career with the Pittsburg Steelers and won great acclaim winning four Super Bowls. Go to: Terry Bradshaw

Tim Coston - one of Louisiana's hottest comics.

Tim McGraw - born in Delhi, Louisiana and winner of numberous country music awards. Visit his official website and find tour info, discography, awards, contact info and much more.

Trace Adkins - Country Music star is originally from Springhill, Louisiana. His first album debuted in 1996 and he is still burning up the music charts today. Trace has also taken to appearing on television and was runner up on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice as well as on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition helping Ty Pennington build a new home for a deserving family.

Tyler Perry - Emmitt Perry, Jr. was born in New orleans, Louisiana and lataer changed his name from Emmitt to Tyler. Tyler is an actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer and author. Tyler Perry is most noted for his book and later movie, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and "Madea's Family Reunion".

Veleka Gray - was born in New Orleans, Louisiana - Veleka Gray is an actress, writer and producer.  She has appeared television show including Love of Life, As the World Turns, The Young and the Restless and had more contract roles than anyone else in the history of daytime television. Veleka has returned to New Orleans and is now producing films.

Vince Vance and The Valiants - are a rock and roll musical group from New Orleans. Best known for the singles "All I Want for christmas Is You" and "Bomb Iran" which was the most request song in the US for several weeks in 1980 during the height of the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
Vince Vance & The Valiants have also been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, among numerous other significant honors.

Walter Williams - a New Orleans native, creator of the famous "Mr. Bill" who appeared on Saturday Night Live for many years. Find books, movies and more of "Mr. Bill", "Oh, Noooooooo!"

Wynton Marsalis - The world's premier jazz trumpeter. Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz.



Al Hirt (Alois Maxwell Hirt) - (November 7, 1922 – April 27, 1999) - New Orlean's trumpet virtuoso. Skyrocketing to national fame in the 60's with hits like "Java", Al never forgot his roots and is lovingly called ‘Jumbo’ by the locals. Al Hirt has performed with many of the Swing big bands, including bands by Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. Al Hirt is beloved by this city for will always be missed.

Allen Toussaint - (January 14, 1938 – November 10, 2015) - was one of America's greatest musical treasures. Singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer. This New Orleans native has been making hit records for over forty years. He has produced, written for, arranged, had his songs covered by, and performed with music giants The Judds, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, Mac "Dr. John" Rebannac, Aaron and Art Neville, Joe Cocker, The (original) Meters, Glen Campbell, The Band, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, Devo, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Eric Gale and the countless others.

Albany Barney Leon Bigard - (March 1906 - June 1980) - Jazz clarinetist who played with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and co-wrote "Mood Indigo" was born in New Orleans. In 1947, Bigard joined the Louis Armstrong All-Stars, and constantly toured the world with the group until 1955, when he left the band. He later re-joined the band from 1960-61. Bigard was semi-retired after 1962, but still played now and then, recording with Earl Hines, and playing in a Johnny St. Cyr's Dixieland band called the Young Men from New Orleans at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Barry Cowsill - (September 1954 - December 2005) - Barry was in and out of New Orleans for many years. It was good to know you Barry, and we hope to see you in "Rock-n-Roll" Heaven! Barry lead an amazing life and touched a great many people as can be witnessed by the posts in his Memorial Book. From those he knew personally to the fans who knew him back in the 1960s as a member of The Cowsills and those who knew him as an adult because of As Is or from seeing him on stage in some bar somewhere, Barry made an impact on everyone.

Boswell Sisters - Martha (1905-1958), Connie (1907-1976) & Helvetia (1911-1988) the Boswell sisters somehow got close enough to the black community to absorb Southern gospel and blues. They also had one of, if not the earliest number one national hit for a song by a New Orleans artist.

Buddy Bolden - (September 1877 - November 1931) - is generally considered to be the first man to play the improvised music which later became know as Jazz. He was the first "King" of cornet in New Orleans. Also see: PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Buddy Bolden. And: New Orleans Jazz Museum: Buddy Bolden.

Bunk William Geary Johnson - (1879 or 1889 - July 7, 1949) - an early Dixieland trumpeter born in New Orleans who played in Frankie Dusen's Eagle Band and The Superior Orchestra, and more. He made his first recordings in 1942, and became a popular fixture of the Dixieland revival of the 1940's.

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - (April 18, 1924 - September 10, 2005) - Born in Vinton, Louisiana, Brown was raised in Orange, Texas. His professional musical career began in 1945, playing drums in San Antonio, Texas. Tagged with the "Gatemouth" handle by a high school instructor who accused Brown of having a "voice like a gate," Brown has used it to his advantage throughout his illustrious career.

Connee, Martha and Vet Boswell - New Orleans born singers recorded in the 1920's. Discography. The sisters' harmonic vocals, dotted with scatting and numerous tempo and key changes, quickly made them popular in New Orleans and beyond. They recorded several songs during the twenties, but it wasn't until 1930, when they recorded four songs for the Okeh label, that they finally achieved popular recognition.

Ernie K-Doe - (February 22, 1936 - July 5, 2001) - Ernie K-Doe was a legendary rhythm & blues performer from New Orleans. He's made many hit records, including the song 'Mother-in-Law', which reached No.1 in 1961.

Faron Young - (February 1932 - December 1996) - Country music star Faron Young, born in Shreveport, Louisiana - biography, awards, discography and pics. American country music singer and songwriter from the early 1950s into the mid-1980s. Faron Young is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Ferd "Jelly Roll" Morton - Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe was born in New Orleans on 20th October 1890. "Originator of Jazz - Stomp - Swing. World's greatest Hot Tune Writer".

Floyd Cramer - (October 27, 1933 – December 31, 1997) - born in Shreveport, Louisiana - American singer/pianist who played with the Grand Ole Opry.

Frankie Dusen - (1880 - 1940) - Trombonist with the Bolden Band and later the Eagle Band which was very popular in New Orleans until around 1917. In 1918 he played with the band on the riverboat S.S. Capitol. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s he played occasionally with Louis Dumaine's Orchestra and he received money from the WPA during the Depression.

Freddie Keppard - (February 27, 1890 - July 15, 1933) - Johnson and Keppard's band became the Original Creole Orchestra which toured the Vaudeville circuit, giving other parts of the USA a first taste of the music that was not yet known as "jazz".Keppard's style is much more raggy compared to Oliver's blues tinged style. While Oliver had more admirers, to some extent preference was a matter of taste; Jelly Roll Morton, Lil Hardin Armstrong, and Wellman Braud all thought Keppard superior to Oliver. American jazz musician (cornetist) born in New Orleans and co-lead "The Original Creole Orchestra".

George Brunis - (February 6, 1902 – November 19, 1974) - Trombone player got his start playing with Papa Jack Laine's band and later went on to play with Laine's son Alfred "Baby" Laine's band. George Brunies, aka Georg Brunis, was a jazz trombonist who came to fame in the 1930s, and was part of the Dixieland revival. He was known as the 'King of the Tailgate Trombone'.

Joe "King" Oliver - (May 11, 1885 – April 10, 1938) - Cornetist and bandleader - King Oliver is said to have begun music as a trombonist, and from about 1907 he played in brass bands, dance bands, and in various small groups in New Orleans bars and cabarets. Read his biography or hear his sweet sounds, PBS has a great tribute. Jazz A Film by Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Joe "King" Oliver.

Johnny Dodds - (April 12, 1892 – August 8, 1940) - Johnny Dodds and his Orchestra discography and biography. Born in New Orleans. American jazz musician-bandleader. Johnny Dodds was one of the greatest clarinetist of the 1920's. He worked with most of the major Hot Jazz bands of the era.

Leadbelly - Huddie William Ledbetter - (January 20, 1889 - December 6, 1949) - The source of the name Leadbelly is still argued upon, but the most popular theories attribute it to a simple play on his name, his strength, sexual prowess, or a reported buckshot wound to his stomach.  He was born in Mooringsport, Louisiana. Blues legend best known for his "Good Night, Irene".

Lee Collins - (1901 - 1960) - American jazz musician - born in New Orleans. Trumpeter and vocalist. He played in Pops Foster's Young Eagles, and in orchestras around town. In 1924 he went North to replace Louis Armstrong in King Olivers Creole Jazz Band, after Armstrong quit to join Fletcher Henderson in New York.

Louis Armstrong - (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971) - Dedicated to Louis Armstrong. featuring a biography, archives, list of recordings, and information on Louis Armstrong House. "He's the father of us all, regardless of style or how modern we get. His influence is inescapable. Some of the things he was doing in the 20's and 30's, people still haven't dealt with." (Nicholas Payton)

Louis Leo Prima - (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) - official tribute and record label site offers biography, photos, news, quotes, and more. Louis Prima rose from the rank-and-file of musicians in the now acknowledged great training ground of New orleans in 1934. The Louis Prima Band became such a smash hit in the club (Famous Door) that the entire 52nd Street, between 5th Avenue and Broadway, was renamed "Swing Street".

Mahalia Jackson - (October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) - The legendary gospel and blues singer. Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans in 1911, where she was raised by her aunt from the age of four until Mahalia moved to Chicago in 1927. Growing up, Mahalia entertained her family with hymns and gospel tunes, her voice naturally booming.

Pete Fountain - (July 3, 1940 - August 6, 2016) - A closer talk with Pete, the famous New Orleans clarinetist. Pete appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson more than any other guests. Pete has been influential in preserving and furthering the development of the clarinet in jazz since the early 1950s. Although his playing defies an adequate description, his music represents the essence of swing, blues and New Orleans-style jazz.

Professor Longhair - (December 19, 1918 - January 30, 1980) - was born Henry Roeland Byrd in Bogalusa, Louisiana. This site offers info on his printed music, discography, and has sound clips. Professor Longhair is noteworthy for having been active in two distinct periods, both in the heyday of early rhythm and blues, and in the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz after the founding of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Sidney Bechet - American jazz musician and bandleader born in New Orleans. Read his bio and learn about his music.

Van Cliburn - (July 12, 1934 - February 27, 2013) - was born in Shreveport, Louisiana - this site offers a biography of the American pianist and information on the Van Cliburn Foundation and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Now over 70, he still gives a limited number of performances every year, to critical and popular acclaim. He has played for royalty and heads of state from dozens of countries, and for every President of the United States (other than President Obama), since Harry Truman.

Wingy Joseph Manone - (1900 - 1982) - born in New Orleans. American jazz musician who played trumpet Louis Armstrong-Style.



Bienville - Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville (February 1680 - March 1767) - The French explorer who founded New Orleans in 1718 at the shortest point between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. Bienville was the French Governor of Louisiana and founder of New Orleans. He returned to France under a cloud of censure from the Government, after having faithfully served his country for more than forty years. He was buried with military honours in the cemetery of Montmartre.

Buddy Diliberto - Buddy was an iconic New Orleans sports commentator. For over 50 years, Buddy D. amused, encouraged, provoked and angered New Orleans Saints fans, players and coaches with his controversial statements and editorials.

General Andrew Jackson - (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) - Find out who that guy is on the horse in Jackson Square. Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States (1829–1837). He was military governor of pre-admission Florida (1821), commander of the American forces at the Battle of New Orleans (1815), and eponym of the era of Jacksonian democracy.

General Charles De Gualle - (November 22, 1890 - November 9, 1970) - Caused such a sensation when he visited New Orleans in 1960, we named a major boulevard after him.

General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard - (May 28, 1980 - November 9, 1970) - Who's statue is that anyway at Esplanade and Carrollton? Born in St. Bernard. American military leader.

General Robert Edward Lee - (January 19, 1907 - October 12, 1870) - Whatever your political views, this guy looms high over New Orleans. Following the war Lee was almost tried as a traitor, but was only left with his civil rights suspended. Lee was offered the post of President of Washington University where he served until his death in 1870. The school was later renamed Washington and Lee. As a final note President Gerald Ford had Lee's citizenship restored.

George Herriman - (August 22, 1880 - April 25, 1944) - The creator of the zenith of comic strip art Krazy Kat, George Joseph Herriman, was born on August 22, 1880, in New Orleans. The precursors to the characters of Krazy and Ignatz first appeared in a small, unrelated side comic that began on July 26, 1910, that ran below The Dingbat Family.

Harry Lee (Sheriff) - (August 27, 1932 – October 1, 2007) - Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Harry Lee is best known as the Sheriff of Jefferson Parish for over 25 years. Beloved my all he served of well and we thank him with all our hearts.

Howard K. Smith - (May 12, 1914 – February 15, 2002) - born in Ferriday, Louisiana. American broadcast journalist - correspondent with CBS and reporter, commentator and anchorman for ABC News. Smith worked his way through Tulane University in New Orleans, having studied German and journalism.

Huey P. Long - (August 30, 1893 - September 10, 1935) - He was born August 30, 1893 in Winnfield, Louisiana. Huey Long was Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1930. A vocal critic of corporate greed and government incompetence, Huey Long's "Share Our Wealth" political movement swept the nation during the Great Depression, garnering millions of supporters and threatening the re-election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Huey Long-Ken Burns American Stories: Huey Long - (August 30, 1893 - September 10, 1935) - Includes a timeline, video clips, and links.

Jean Henry Vignaud - (November 27, 1830 – 1922) - author, born in New Orleans. He was a teacher in the public schools of New Orleans and was connected with “Le Courrier”, “L’Union de Lafourchu”, “La renaissance Louisianaise” as well as many other publications. In Paris he translated nearly all the papers representing the United States for the Alabama commission in Geneva.

Jean Lafitte - "The Gentlemen Pirate" - also called "The Corsair," "The Buccaneer," "The King of Barataria," "The Terror of the Gulf," "The Hero of New Orleans". At three separate times, U.S. presidents have condemned, exonerated and again condemned his actions. He is known for his piracy in the Gulf of Mexico, and lauded for his heroism in the Battle of New Orleans.

Jim Garrison - (November 20, 1921 – October 21, 1992) - Jim Garrison was the District Attorney of Orleans Parish, Louisiana from 1962 to 1973. A member of the Democratic Party, he is best known for his investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (JFK).

Jimmie Davis - (September 11, 1899 - November 5, 2000) - That's 3 centuries, y'all! Born in Beech Springs, Louisiana. Ex-Louisiana governor Jimmy Davis wrote 'You Are My Sunshine', the second most recognized song in the world after 'Happy Birthday'. Jimmie Davis rose to prominence in the 1930s with a smooth vocal style that helped popularize country music far beyond its original rural southern audience.

John James Audubon - (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) - painted and described the birds of America while visiting Louisiana. The namesake for the Audubon Institute and Zoo. John James Audubon was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, hunter, and painter. He painted, catalogued, and described the birds of North America in a form far superior to what had gone before. Born in Haiti and raised in France as a youth, in his embrace of America, and his outsize personality and achievements, he represented the new American people of the United States.

Johnnie Cochran - (October 2, 1937 – March 29, 2005) - Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. was an American lawyer best known for his leadership role in the defense and criminal acquittal of O. J. Simpson for the alleged murder of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Johnnie Cochran, Jr. was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Justin Wilson(April 24, 1914 - September 5, 2001) - Sit back and enjoy spending some time with our own Cajun cook and humorist. You can stop by his on-line store and pick up a few of his books or catch one of his receipes. Enjoy the world of southern American chef and humorist Justin Wilson with his own brand of Cajun cuisine mixed in with a few Cajun jokes for good measure.

La Salle - René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643-1687) The guy who named Louisiana was a French explorer. He was the first European to travel the length of the Mississippi River. La Salle named the entire Mississippi basin Louisiana, in honor of the King, and claimed it for France on April 9, 1682.

Marie Laveau - (September 10, 1801 – June 16, 1881) - was a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voudoo renowned in New Orleans. Although some references to Marie Laveau in popular culture refer to her as a "witch" she is properly described as a 'Voodoo priestess'.

Paul Prudhomme - (January 13, 1940 – October 8, 2015) - the official site for New Orleans most famous Cajun Chef. You can purchase cookbooks, spices, sauces, and seasoning mixes. Paul Prudhomme is know world wide and is beloved in his home city of New Orleans. He was born in Opelousas, Louisiana but moved to New Orleans and went to work as executive chef of Commander's Palace. He later opened his own restaurant known as K-Pauls.

Pistol Pete Maravich - (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988) - Maravich pushed basketball to new limits. Consider this: Pistol Pete scored 3,667 points during his LSU collegiate playing career, averaging a staggering 44.2 points per game for 83 varsity college basketball contests. All of this occurred before the advent of the 3 point shot. The story of Pistol Pete is told in books and videos offered here. Relive the great days of Pistol Pete.

Ray Walston - (November 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001) - born in New Orleans. American actor-director played 'My Favorite Martian' on TV (1963-1966). Won a Tony Award for 'Damn Yankees' in 1955. Site has a biography and award info and pics. Presented by St. Louis, MO's The TheatrGroup.

Saint Charles - Everybody knows the street but who is this guy?

Saint Joan of Arc (Ste. Jeanne d'Arc) - that gold statue in the Quarter.

Saint Louis - Everybody knows the cathedral. Was he a saint or the King of France?

"Shoeless Joe Jackson" - Our most famous New Orleans Pelicans player. This site is devoted to the memory of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the movement to persuade Major League Baseball to make him eligible for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Stephen Ambrose - acclaimed historian, author, and founder of the National D-Day Museum, Professor Ambrose taught many years at U.N.O. Site features news, interviews, and information about his books.

Tennessee Williams - (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) - Immortalized New Orleans in 'Streetcar Named Desire'. Includes a biographical article, publications by the writer, bibliography of resources, and more. PBS tribute to Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams - (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) - had a special bond with New Orleans and even considered it his spiritual home. The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival was founded in 1987.

Truman Capote - (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984) - born in New Orleans, La., was a Southern Gothic novelist, journalist, and celebrated man-about-town. At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.

William Faulkner - (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) - American author born in Columbus, Mississippi spent much of his life in New Orleans. Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner. One of the most influential writers of the 20th century, his reputation is based on his novels, novellas and short stories. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.

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