About Chickie Wah Wah

Chickie’s is an intimate music bar located on Canal Street in Mid-City that proudly presents local music of all sounds as well as special curated performances by touring artists.

Just a short street car ride from the French Quarter

Chickie Wah Wah is located at
2828 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Just a short street car ride away from the historic French Quarter and downtown hotels

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Where does the name “Chickie Wah Wah” come from?

In 1956 Ace Records released a single, “Chickie Wah Wah,” by Bobby Marchan, with music and lyrics by Huey “Piano” Smith. Marchan was one of the first drag performers in New Orleans in the mid 1950s – and from 1957 was a touring member of Huey Smith’s group “The Clowns.” In the 1990s his company Manicure was involved in hip hop music booking and promotion including Take Fo’ Records bounce music artist DJ Jubilee. Marchan was also involved with the formation of Cash Money Records. Learn more about Bobby Marchan’s contributions to New Orleans music.

1958, Vin Records, a subsidiary of Ace Records, released “Little Chickee Wah Wah”, with Clowns singer Gerri Hall, under the billing of Huey and Jerry. Also written by Huey Smith, it has completely different lyrics and chord structure with a melody based on the childrens song “Little Sally Walker.” This more popular release is often confused with the earlier Bobby Marchan song.