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S. Broad at Gravier, former site of The Lion's Den
Today the Soul Queen of New Orleans celebrates her 78th birthday. Irma Thomas, born Irma Lee, was born on this day in 1941.
Thomas once waited tables at the Pimlico Club, and would sing for her customers. Soon patrons started requesting the 'singing waitress,' yet she was still fired by management for 'singing on the job.'
At the age of 19 she released the single, 'Don't Mess With My Man.' From there she went on to have a prolific career spanning 6 decades with songs such as 'It's Raining,' 'Ruler of My Heart,' 'Wish Someone Would Care,' 'Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)' and many others.
In the 1980's she and husband/ manager Emile Jackson opened The Lion's Den. It was a music venue gem in the city until Hurricane Katrina destroyed it.
Thomas won her first Grammy in 2007 for her album ' After The Rain.'
With a career spanning 60 years, Irma Thomas still performs to adoring fans, and is scheduled to make her 45th annual performance at JazzFest this year!
Happy Birthday, Irma Thomas. Thank you for the music.