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Hal Newman Mystic Mardi Gras 2016

at Douglas Corner Cafe, Nashville TN

Feb 09
Hal Newman Mystic Mardi Gras 2016

Born in Mobile, AL on the leading edge of the Baby Boom, Hal Newman had his first gig at age 3 singing “Sarah’s Got a Secret” for local business Sarah’s Dollhouse. By his early teens he was playing piano in bands emulating his musical heroes, the great New Orleans artists such as Ernie K. Doe, Benny Spellman, Lee Dorsey, Slim Harpo, Eddie Bo and Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry.

Graduating Murphy HS in the class of ’61, Newman embarked upon a conventional route. He spent a year at Marion Military Institute, obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Music Education at Livingston State University and taught high school choruses in Georgia and Florida before returning to pursue his Phd. at Florida State University. In 1970, unable to postpone his musical dreams, he moved to Memphis.

In Memphis, Newman recorded one project for legendary producer Willie Mitchell’s Hi Records label and fell into the rowdy, rocking crowd that included blue-eyed soulman, Dan Penn and producer/piano pounder, Jim Dickinson. His music would never be the same.


Free Admission


Douglas Corner Cafe

2106-A Eighth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204
(Neighborhood: 8th Avenue / Melrose)

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