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The History Of The Original "Black Liberace"

 

James Booker and Mystro


"I don't give concerts I put on a Show" ~Liberace 


Piano Virtuoso Mystro from early on has always believed the motto that Michael Jackson shared with him when he was a child. Mystro at the age of 13 years old was the main piano player in his local baptist church and it was there that he learned a new playing style along with his already classical training. He was introduced to the music of James Booker when his mom  played a old record she had from the 70's. Mystro started using Mr. Booker's piano playing style on Sunday Mornings at Sunday School and the Pastor said "It sounded too much like a night club" and asked him to refrain from playing like he was a "Black Liberace".. Mystro had no idea, what that pastor was talking about, after doing his research in college he would later find out that James Booker his piano idol, was openly gay and the entertainment industry called him "The Black Liberace"..

Fast forward to 2015 Mystro had a chance to perform at the Elton John / CUN Oscar Party at the Warner Bros. Mansion in Beverly Hills. It was there that Entertainment Tonight and other interviewers called Mystro "The Black Liberace" for the first time! He was thrilled! and the name has followed him every since.. Mystro wears it well! and a part of Mystro's signature style that he is known for is similar to James Booker's "fast fingers" style when playing piano as well as his glitter jackets and sparkly clothes like Liberace! 

Mystro plans to do a tribute to the late New Orleans Piano King "James Booker" on his debut EP  "Mystro The Black Liberace". 


James Carroll Booker III (December 17, 1939 – November 8, 1983) was a New Orleans rhythm and blues musician born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Booker's unique style combined rhythm and blues with jazz standards. Musician Dr. John described Booker as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced."Flamboyant in personality, he was known as "the Black Liberace".