Louisiana Music Archive and Artist DirectorySatchmo.com's guide to New Orleans music and Louisiana music
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).