If you've ever heard Al "Carnival Time" Johnson sing his signature song at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival chances are good that you smiled and stepped a bit. Originally recorded in 1960 for the Ric label this infectious song has become a Mardi Gras staple. Our New Orleans cab-driving pal Dr. Bob reports seeing Mr. Johnson around town taking care of various cab related duties by day but he does emerge from his hack whenever called upon to add his talents to the festivities.


We played with Al "Carnival Time" Johnson at the 1st Annual Ernie K-Doe R&B Tribute on May 2nd, 2002, at the Mother-In-Law Lounge and, of course, he did his hit as well as a few other NOLA standards that we all knew. A geniunely nice fellow I have enjoyed his show every time I have seen him...everybody's havin' fun!

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