Friday, December 23, 2016

188. Matthew Randazzo V, part 2

188. Part 2 of our interview with Matthew Randazzo V about his book Mr. New Orleans. Wiseguys called him "the Keith Richards of the American Mafia" and JFK hero Jim Garrison denounced him as "one of the most notorious vice operators in the history of New Orleans" ... but you can just call him Mr. New Orleans. Mr. New Orleans tells the incredible story of Frenchy Brouillette, a redneck Cajun teenager who stole his big brother's motorcycle and embarked on a 60-year vacation to New Orleans, where he became a legendary gangster and the underworld political fixer for his cousin, Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. Written by Crescent City native Matthew Randazzo V, the wickedly funny Mr. New Orleans is the first book to ever break the code of secrecy of the New Orleans Mafia Family, the oldest and most mysterious criminal secret society in America.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. December 24, 1814. Treaty of Ghent signed ending War of 1812.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. December 24, 1924.  Lee Dorsey is born in New Orleans. After meeting songwriterand record producer Allen Toussaint at a party, Dorsey recorded "Ya! Ya!", a song inspired by a group of children chanting nursery rhymes. It went to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He was approached again by Toussaint, and recorded Toussaint's song "Ride Your Pony," "Get Out Of My Life Woman," "Working in the Coal Mine" – his biggest pop hit – and "Holy Cow," all of which made the pop charts in both the US and the UK.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Shadows Merry Making Season
    December 5-31, 2016
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    317 E Main St.,
    New Iberia, LA 70560
    Tours of Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation & Gardens Decorated for Holiday Season
  4. David Middleton reads "The Shepherd: A Christmas Play." 1951.  Saline, Louisia.
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