Louisiana Music Archive and Artist Directory
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Gone But Not Forgotten 1997
remembering Louisiana music artists who passed away in the year 1997

Louis Barbarin - (05/12/97; age 94)

Trad jazz drummer; son of noted brass player Isadore Barbarin (Onward Brass Band) and brother of famed drummer Paul Barbarin (1901-1969); Barbarin performed with many of the top New Orleans bands from the 1920's to the 1980's; also a long time member of Preservation Hall band; helped revive brass band music in 1960's by reforming the Onward Brass Band. See Louis Barbarin obituary.


Ronnie Barron - (03/21/97; age 53)

Unsung New Orleans R&B keyboard player, singer and actor from Algiers was a protege of Dr. John; he worked with Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Eric Burden & The Animals, Canned Heat, and many others.


Ronnie Barron
"Life's A Struggle" (1987)

Mac Rebennack & Ronnie Barron
AKA Drits & Dravy - "Talk That Talk"

Richard Berry - (01/23/97, age 61)

R&B vocalist and composer of the garage rock classic "Louie, Louie"; the Extension, Louisiana native was a noted R&B vocalist with The Flairs, The Robins, and The Coasters; Berry also provided the male vocal on the 1955 Etta James smash "The Wallflower", aka "Roll With Me Henry"; see Richard Berry page at louielouie.net.


Richard Berry & the Pharaohs
"Louie Louie" - 1957

Luchus "Big Daddy" Brown - (08/97; age 44)

Gospel and R&B singer; sang with Baton Rouge blues guitarist Big Bo Melvin; toured South America, Japan and Australia.


Amie Comeaux - (12/21/97, age 21)

Young country singer from Brusly, Louisiana was killed in an auto accident near Baton Rouge; Amie released her debut album, "Moving Out" in 1994, and had recently completed work on a second album in Nashville; see official Amie Comeaux web site.


Amie Comeaux
"Who's She To You"

Dr. Tommy Comeaux - (11/08/97)

LMC Commissioner and longtime member of numerous bands including Beausoleil, Coteau, Clickin' Chickens and the Basin Brothers; also see Tommy Comeaux obituary; and the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Memorial Endowed Fund.


Johnny Copeland - (07/03/97, age 60)

Grammy-winning blues guitarist was a native of Haynesville, Lousiana; he was the father of blues singer Shemekia Copeland; also see Johnny Copeland profile from Cascade Blues Association.


Floyd Cramer - (12/31/97, age 64)

Credited with helping create "The Nashville Sound"; joined the cast of the Louisiana Hayride radio show after high school; worked with many artists, including Elvis Presley (Heartbreak Hotel), Patsy Cline, Chet Atkins, Jim Reeves, Faron Young, and Webb Pierce; Cramer was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.


Floyd Cramer & Chet Atkins
Medley of songs from 1965

Auguste A. "Dimes" DuPont III - (09/14/97, age 68)

Sax great played with Edgar Blanchard and the Gondoliers for 12 years and also performed with his uncle, noted guitarist and banjo player Danny Barker; Dupont recorded with Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, Tommy Ridgley, and others.


Johnny Farque - (04/97; age 77)

Cajun guitarist and vocalist from Big Lake, Louisiana was a long time member of The Hackberry Ramblers.


Edward Frank - (02/13/97; age 64)

Noted New Orleans piano man, composer, arranger and producer was a member of Cosimo Matassa's studio band in the 1950's and played on many hits from that era. See album credits from AMG.


Tim Guarisco - (05/08/97; age 28)

Guitarist with New Orleans funk group Smilin' Myron.


Manuel Steven Hirsch - (08/31/97)

Member of the Blues Angels and other New Orleans bands.


Jacob Johnson - (12/10/96; age 18)

Trumpeter for the Hot 8 Brass Band.


Fred Kemp - (06/06/97; age 55)

Noted sax player, longtime member of Fats Domino's band, and local nightclub owner; see partial discography.


Linda "Lady Linda" Lacen - (03/11/97; age 40)

Jazz & gospel singer; wife of influential brass band tuba player Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, with whom she performed locally and internationally.


Audie Pitre - (01/23/97; age 26)

Bass player with rock band Acid Bath was killed along with his parents in an auto accident involving a drunk driver; see Audie Pitre tribute site.


Buddy Stewart - (09/97)

Member of the 50's band Top Notchers.


Charles "Alto" Taylor - (09/01/97; age 22)

Saxophone player for the Lil' Rascals Brass Band; also see Lil' Rascals web page.


The Rev. Thomas Taylor - (12/25/97; age 62)

Pastor of Galilee Baptist Church; organized the Crescent City Gospel singers with his three brothers in 1954.


Huey "Cookie" Thierry - (09/23/97; age 61)

Tenor saxophone player, singer and bandleader of 1950's swamp pop group Cookie & the Cupcakes.


Albert Gregory "Yella" Thomas - (04/05/97; age 23)

Member of pioneering local rap group U.N.L.V..


Nolan Washington - (05/19/97; age 65)

Leading figure in local Gospel community; long-time manager and a lead voice of the Zion Harmonizers; brother of Sherman Washington; also worked with Lou Rawls & the Sunshine Special and Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers.


David Weinstein - (12/15/97; age 87)

Clarinet and saxophone player; musicians union president for 46 years; performed for WWL's "Dawnbusters" radio show for almost 30 years.


Other Notable Passings
Adophus Anthony "Doc" Cheatham - (06/02/97, age 91)

Trumpet legend played vaudeville and jazz, working with Ma Rainey, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and many others; died in Washington, D.C. while on tour with Nicholas Payton.


Robert Palmer - (11/20/97, age 52)

Influential music journalist who's credits included a 10-year stint as chief pop music critic of The New York Times, senior editor of Rolling Stone, the books "Deep Blues" and "Rock & Roll: An Unruly History" and award-winning documentary films; was a New Orleans resident for the past five years and occasionally sat in on clarinet with jazz bands at the Little People's Place (see memorial from The Boston Phoenix).


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