Jelly Roll Morton, real name Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe, was a New Orleans Jazz musician born on October 20, 1890. Morton is widely recognized as a pivotal figure in early Jazz. He had a flourishing career in the 20s. He was so successful that he wore diamonds in his teeth, owned over 200 tailor-made suits, lived extravagantly, and was reputed for his arrogance. The legend goes that Morton discovered a mysterious powder sprinkled at his publishing office. If you know your Voodoo you know powder is a typical sign of a Juju curse.
Jelly Morton was cursed by his godmother Eulaley Haco, who sold his soul to the devil.
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Soon after discovering that mysterious powder, Morton’s luck ran out. His musical empire crumbled, his money and diamonds were stolen, and his reputation went to hell. Morton himself was so convinced that his bad luck was due to the curse that he sought out a Voodoo woman to lift the curse. The woman told him to burn all his clothes, all 200 plus suits, which he did. Of course the curse lifted soon after, and Morton regained his reputation and is now revered as one of the finest composers in music history.
www.wedoitfortheloveofmusic.com isn’t so much into curses; largely because we want to keep away from mental institutions, but we’d totally burn sell our clothes if it means we would get back our diamonds. And also, be careful who you pick as a godmother for your kid. You’ll never know what crazy sheet people are into. Morton died in 1941, two months after his not-so-fairy-godmother died. He was 46 years old.
Miami Based, Internationally Known