If you have ever been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, your benders have been sound-tracked in no small part by temporary Houstonian Al Johnson's stone-cold classic "Carnival Time." The upbeat 1960 recording kicks off with a jolt — a trio of tenor saxes blown by Robert Parker, Lee Allen and James Rivers bluster a mighty fanfare, before the then-teenaged Johnson comes roaring in on the vocal: "The Green Room is smoking, and the Plaza burning down / Throw my baby out the window, let the joint burn down / All because it's Carnival time, ooooohhh it's Carnival time! / Oh, well it's Carnival time, an... More >>>
Courtesy of Al Johnson
Like most Hurricane Katrina refugees, Al 'Carnival Time' Johnson is working hard to get back to New Orleans.