New Orleans street performer debuts at Jazz Fest | The Associated Press

In a Friday, April 2, 2010 photo, New Orleans street musician Elliott Small, " Grandpa Elliott " talks with a tourist, Nick Harvey, 12 years old, from Denver, Colorado on the corner of Royal and Toulouse Streets in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Harvey handed a tip and compliment to Small. He will be a featured singer at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival that kicks off Friday. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)

For most of his 65 years, street singer Elliott Small was famous only on a New Orleans corner — until an innovative 2008 Internet video went viral, bringing the white-bearded, overall clad musician with the turned up hat brim before a global audience in a worldwide collaboration performance of Ben E. King's classic, "Stand By Me."

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