Norma Joy Stratz Albarado (died 06/06/99; age 70)
Pianist, singer, and dancer with the American Legion's All-American Girl Review during World War II; worked with the Rene Louapre Orchestra, and with WDSU TV in the 50's.
Eldridge "Eldo" Andrews (died 11/19/99; age 23)
New Orleans born snare drummer was associated with many local brass bands; also co-founder of the Lil' Rascals Brass Band.
Morris "Moe" Bachemin (died 09/10/99; age 63)
Tenor sax player.
Beau Jocque (died 09/10/99; age 43)
Native of Kinder, Louisiana; accordionist Beau Jocque (born Andrus Espre) gained national prominence by infusing traditional zydeco with the contemporary beats of R&B, rock and funk (discography).
Frank "Jo Friday" Bedell, sr. (died 08/01/99; age 46)
New Orleans native played sousaphone with The Algiers Brass Band; was a member of Southern University's marching band in his college days.
Sammy Berfect (died 01/25/99; age 56)
Keyboard player and leader of gospel group The Dimensions of Faith; Berfect, a sought after session musician, worked with Irma Thomas, Solomon Burke, Snooks Eaglin, Allen Toussaint, and many others.
Allen "Snook" Butler, Sr. (died 01/01/99; age 68)
Founder and director of the Macedonia Male Chorus; was also a member of the Macedonia Gospel Singers and Gloryland Gospel Singers, and a lead singer for the Zion Harmonizers and Christian Brothers gospel groups.
Thomas James "T.J." Casey II (died 06/14/99; age 67)
Retired Dixieland jazz musician.
Earl Joseph Christian (died 10/30/99; age 91)
Retired Dixieland jazz musician played for over 50 years.
Alfred "Duckhead" Cormier (died 09/24/99; age 68)
Cajun musician (Iry LeJune and others) and member of the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.
Jimmy Domengeaux (died 01/25/99; age 44)
Born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana in 1954; guitarist with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys for the last 4 years; earlier work included stints with Black Dog, Warren Storm, Cajun Heat, The Gumbo Cajun Band, and Cheryl Cormier; see Steve Riley web site.
Gwendolyn Hensley Duchane (died 01/04/99; age 46)
Vocalist was lead soprano with the Gospel Soul Children, a backup singer for
Lyle Henderson, and a former member of the Desire Community Choir.
Calvin "C. J." Dufrene (died 07/09/99; age 74)
Gheens, LA native and Raceland resident was with the Dufrene Brothers Band for 50 years.
Thaddeus Ford, Sr. (died 08/05/99; age 44)
Trumpeter played with the Algiers Brass Band, Cool Riddims & Sista Teedy, and others; he was the son of late saxophonist Clarence Ford, and the brother of clarinetist Louis Ford.
Bert Frilot (died 10/31/99; age 60)
Award winning recording engineer and record producer; the New Orleans native began his career with Cosimo Matassa, engineering hits by Barbara George, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Frankie Ford, and a host of others; after a move to Texas in the mid-60's, Frilot was behind recordings by Mickey Gilley (he designed and built Gilley's studio and worked on the "Urban Cowboy" soundtrack) and Willie Nelson; for detailed accounts of Frilot's work, see tribute from bluesworld.com.
Albert "Lil' June" Gardner (died 07/26/99; age 48)
Drummer and New Orleans native worked with many local musical luminaries, including The Neville Brothers, Raymond Myles, Professor Longhair, and Irma Thomas; he was the son of drummer Albert "June" Gardner.
Johnny Ray Gatte (died 11/17/99; age 57)
Lifelong resident of Carlyss, Louisiana was a musician with the Blue Kings (1936 - 1971), and also performed with Algie Breaux & The Buckaneers, Cledus Motte & The Tune Toppers, and Larry Carrol & The Desperados.
Morris Guilbeaux (died 10/25/99; age 66)
Musician with the Zydeco band Preston & The Playboys passed away at his Opelousas, LA residence.
Clarence "Poppa Stoppa" Hayman (died 11/09/99; age 81)
Influential New Orleans disc jockey was responsible for breaking many local R&B records in the 1950's and early 60's on station WMRY.
Emanuel Hingle (died 07/11/99; age 19)
Sang with the New Birth Brass Band; also worked with Aaron Neville, the ReBirth and Pin Stripe Brass Bands, and others; associated with several Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs and Mardi Gras Indian Tribes.
Al Hirt (died 04/27/99; age 76)
Born Alois Maxwell Hirt in 1922; Grammy winning trumpet legend and former club owner passed away at home in New Orleans after a lengthy illness; also see Cincinnati Enquirer tribute; discography.
Calvin "Jeff" Hodges (died 04/29/99; age 41)
Studio musician (drums), singer, songwriter and native of DeQuincy, LA had lived in Austin for the past 12 years; worked with many bands and artists including Chris Duarte and Lavelle White.
Ivory Jackson (died 08/28/99; age 72)
Texas native was a resident of Lake Charles, LA most of his life; Jackson worked with Cookie and the Cupcakes, Willie Marchand, Katie Webster, Sid Lawrence, and others.
Al King (died 01/22/99; age 75)
Born in Monroe, LA; noted blues vocalist had a hit in the 60's with "Reconsider Baby"; made a comeback in the 90's with his album "It's Rough Out Here"; see discography.
Eric Kolb (died 10/01/99; age 32)
New Orleans native was a former keyboard player and production manager for The Neville Brothers.
Julius "Papa Cairo" Lamperez (died 11/13/99; age 79)
Louisiana Hall of Fame member played steel guitar with Cajun and Western swing bands for 64 years; the New Orleans native sang on Chuck Guillory & His Rhythm Boys' 1949 hit, "Big Texas"; he later toured with Ernest Tubb, and recorded with Harry Choates and Chuck Guillory.
Irving Lyons, Jr. (died 09/01/99; age 79)
Former business owner and classical pianist; New Orleans native studied music at Loyola University, Julliard School of Music, and Chicago Music College; he performed with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the New Orleans Civic Symphony.
Bobby Marchan (died 12/05/99; age 69)
Had No. 1 R&B hit in 1960 with "There's Something On Your Mind (Part 2)"; also vocalist on Huey Smith and The Clowns hits "Rockin' Pneumonia", "Don't You Just Know It" and "High Blood Pressure"; see discography.
Warren "Stone" Mayes (died 07/31/99; age 33)
Popular New Orleans rap artist, concert producer, and owner of Bomb Records; he was also a member of the Jolly Bunch, Money Wasters and Tambourine and Fan where he played the trumpet.
Lydia Arnoult Neumann-Krokroskia (died 07/27/99; age 69)
Singer with the New Orleans Opera for 50 years; performed in over 60 roles.
Marcy Noonan (died 06/99)
Respected pianist and music instructor.
Charles "Boogie" Phillips, Jr. (died 12/22/99; age 57)
New Orleans born musician worked with Sammy Ridgley for several years.
Johnny Reininger (died 09/14/99; age 91)
Native of New Orleans; clarinet and saxophone player led big bands in New Orleans from the 1930's through the 50's, playing at the Jung Hotel Roof, Lenfant's Restaurant, and the My-Oh-My Club.
Tommy Ridgley (died 08/11/99; age 73)
Born in Shrewsbury, Louisiana in 1925; New Orleans R&B vocalist's career spanned 50 years; see Tommy Ridgley web site; discography (Amazon); discography (LA Music Factory).
Aldus Roger (died 04/04/99; age 83)
Born in Carencro, LA in 1916; the "King of Cajun Accordion" hosted the weekly "Aldus Roger & The Lafayette Playboys" television show over KLFY TV-10 in Lafayette from 1955 to 1970; he was an inductee into both the Louisiana Hall of Fame and the Cajun French Music Hall of Fame; see discography.
Gerald J. St. Amand (died 05/27/99; age 68)
Musician, educator, and composer played trumpet for 20 years with Rene Louapre Orchestra; also appeared with Jubilation, the Herb Tassin Orchestra and the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra; taught music in the Orleans Parish public school system from 1958-1996.
Roland Stone (died 12/22/99; age 59)
Soulful crooner/pianist had a hit on Ace in the 50's with "Just a Moment of Your Time"; resurfaced in 1993 with the critically acclaimed CD "Remember Me"; see discography.
Johnny Veca (died 07/14/99; age 91)
Saxophone player for more than 60 years; was a member of the Larry Veca Orchestra, and Rocky's All-Stars.
Mighty Joe Young (died 03/24/99; age 71)
Born in Shreveport in 1927; noted Chicago blues artist first recorded for the Jiffy label in Louisiana in 1955; see Blind Pig Records bio; discography.
Other Notable Passings
James Alvin Ille - (04/28/99, age 78)
Cornetist born in Inglewood, CA lived in New Orleans for the last 20 years; he played with the Ross Morgan Band, Henry Busse Orchestra, Wingy Manone Jazz Band, Chicago Brass Rail Club Dixieland Band, and directed the Circus, Circus Band in Las Vegas; played locally at The Blue Angel, Famous Door, Maison Bourbon and Fritzel's.
Anne Lane - (06/06/99, age 78)
Long time fixture on the local jazz and second-line scene; known as "The Umbrella Lady" for her ornate, hand-crafted umbrellas.
Bobby Sheehan - (08/20/99, age 31)
New Jersey native and bassist with blues/rock group Blues Traveler passed away unexpectedly at his New Orleans apartment; see BluesTraveler.net.
Katie Webster (09/05/99, age 63)
Blues singer and pianist a.k.a. The "Swamp Boogie Queen"; Houston native played on numerous recording sessions for Jay Miller of Excello Records and Eddie Schuler of Goldband Records in the 1950's and 60's, including recordings by Guitar Junior (Lonnie Brooks), Clarence Garlow, Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, Lightnin' Slim, Phil Phillips and Clifton Chenier; see discography.