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Popeye (Harold Booker)

(Harold Booker) Jazz Pianist (RIP – 1987) Played a lot at the Foxhead in Ada.

Afendoulis - House of Jazz - 435 South Division Ave.

Afendoulis – House of Jazz – 435 South Division Ave.

3 Responses to Popeye (Harold Booker)

  1. Chanel Malone says:

    Popeye was my great-grandfather. Thank you for sharing this story.

    • Cynthia Venlos says:

      My mom lived with Sonny Sorenson from the early 60’s to around 1970, I met your grandfather when I was a kid, I thought he was a great man and a wonderful piano player

  2. Ron Sax says:

    In 1956 or ’57 I saw Popeye Booker at a small bar in Grand Rapids. I and some fellow ex-GI students at Central Michigan drove to GR on a tip from a music teacher friend. Popeye was quite elderly, had recently lost his wife. The bar was empty except for us students. Popeye played beautifully, solo, in his Tatumesque style; it was magic. He asked Jay Dana, a good bass player, to sit in; Jay was thrilled. It was an unforgettable evening. I remember a joke: “Know why I took up the piano?” asked Popeye. “Because my beer glass kept falling off my violin.”

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