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Posted on: September 19, 2023

Lunchtime Screening: "The Original King Bee"

The Original King Bee

On October 12th, 2023 at 12:00 PM, the Museum is pleased to host a Lunchtime Film Screening of “The Original King Bee Documentary.” This 90-minute film documents the life and career of Baton Rouge Blues legend, Slim Harpo in a story told by James “Slim Harpo” Moore via a 1968 interview with Susan Cassidy Clark in NYC. Also featured are the voices of Harpo’s wife Lovell, his stepson, William Gambler, and his original King Bee band mates, James Johnson, Rudy Richard and Jesse Kinchen. 

James Slim Harpo Moore and Lovell Casey Gambler met in 1952 while Lovell was waiting for a bus on her way to work and James was putting a roof on a church. Their first composition was created during a car trip after noticing bee hive boxes on the side of the road. The rendezvous’ developed into an 18-year relationship that lasted until his death. James “Slim Harpo” Moore produced several multi-million seller songs throughout his career. A few of his hits include, I’m a King Bee, Don’t Start Cryin’ Now and I Got Love if You Want It.

This event is FREE and open to the public. 

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