Meringue letters perched atop the sugar-free cupcakes sitting on the buffet spelled out “Mr. Big Stuff” and “Happy B-Day.”

Eliot KamenitzFriend and collaborator Dr. John, birthday guy Wardelle Quezergue and president Bethany Bultman of the New orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation.

Nearby sat Wardelle Quezergue, the legendary producer/arranger/band leader and composer behind that hit song and thousands of others, ranging from The Dixie Cups’ “Chapel of Love” to “Groove Me” by King Floyd and “Barefootin'” by Robert Parker, to name only a few. The man Allen Toussaint dubbed “The Creole Beethoven” worked with Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Paul Simon, Aaron Neville, BB King, The Supremes, Willie Nelson, Robbie Robertson … shall we go on?

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