Milton Batiste, Jr. (died 03/29/2001; age 66)
New Orleans trumpeter & longtime leader of Dejan's Olympia Brass Band also played with many New Orleans R&B greats (more).
Paul N. Bergeron (died 08/05/2001; age 63)
Native of Ritchie, LA and longtime resident of Lake Charles played steel guitar with Phil Menard and the Louisiana Travelers for more than 32 years.
Alex Bertrand (died 03/24/2001; age 75)
Crowley, LA musician's career spanned 55 years, working with Jimmy C. Newman, Marty Robbins, Mel Tillis, Charlie Pride, and many others.
Big Daddy Reed (died 02/02/2001)
Noted Lafayette, LA R&B musician and vocalist (born Adam Batiste, Jr.) worked with Selwyn Cooper's Hurricane Blues Band.
Al Broussard (died 08/05/2001; age 95)
Piano great known for his 20 year stint at The Tricou House on Bourbon Street, began his career in Storyville; his funeral procession and "second line" included a final stop at 711 Bourbon (see Geraldine Wyckoff's tribute at Gambit Weekly).
Clifford Brown (died 12/14/2001; age 94)
New Orleans jazz musician (guitar, banjo, vocals) began playing in the 1930's (with the Young Tuxedo Brass Band); led his own band, Clifford and Brown Traditional Jazz, for many years.
Débria Brown (died 12/17/2001; age 65)
New Orleans-born opera singer's career spanned four continents and over 40 roles, and she also appeared in films and TV series; at the time of her passing, Brown was a Professor of Voice and Artist in Residence at the University of Houston; she was featured performing spirituals on the 1998 Robert Nelson recording, "A Room with a View".
Joseph "Bebe" Carriere, Sr. (died 04/22/2001; age 92)
Creole fiddler and Zydeco music pioneer played with brother Eraste "Dolon" Carriere (accordion) in the original Lawtell Playboys and The Carriere Brothers.
Boozoo Chavis (died 05/05/2001; age 70)
Zydeco music legend passed away after suffering a stroke and heart attack while on the road in Austin; Boozoo received a National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA in 2001; see this nice tribute from BluesWorld.com.
Charles Chavis (died 12/23/2001; age 45)
Son of late Zydeco star Boozoo Chavis played rubboard in Boozoo's "Magic Sounds" band.
Freddie "Big Roger" Collins (died 10/02/2001; age 66)
Houston bluesman was a native of Bayou Chicot, LA; Collins hosted a blues show on KPFT, and organized "The Blues for Food Drive", an annual benefit for the Houston Food Bank.
James Crutchfield (died 12/08/2001; age 89)
Baton Rouge, LA native learned a few piano licks from Little Brother Montgomery in Bogalusa before settling in St. Louis in 1948; see an interview with Crutchfield from stlblues.net.
Cynthia Verdun Dejan (died 06/15/2001; age 57)
Singer was the sister of trumpeter Tracy Griffen and appeared on his 1999 album, "Grace".
Les Domangue (died 07/27/2001; age 62)
Houma-born Cajun musician (drums, guitar) and radio personality died of a heart attack at his office at KLRZ radio in LaRose; Domangue played with Charlie Bourg and the Jolly Troubadours, Gene Rodrigue, Vin Bruce, Joe Barry, the Dufrene Brothers, and others; he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in May, 2001.
Pearl Edwards (died 11/30/2001; age 67)
Popular New Orleans vocalist worked with Huey Smith & the Clowns, John Williams & the Tick Tocks, the Pitter Pats, the Soul Shakers, and the Huey's; she also released one single, "It Do Me Good" b/w "I'll Never Forget", on the Ace label in 1964.
Betty Farmer (died 09/11/2001; age 62)
Jazz singer and New Orleans native was a victim of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center; see this profile of Farmer from Legacy.com.
Julius Farmer (died 11/02/2001; age 52)
Noted New Orleans-born bass player worked with Chick Corea, Ellis Marsalis, George Benson, Professor Longhair, Charles Neville, and many others.
Ledel "Blackie" Forestier (died 11/19/2001; age 73)
Cajun music ambassador was the long time leader of Blackie Forestier and The Cajun Aces; Forestier was a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Cajun French Music Assn.'s Hall of Fame (see bio from LSU Eunice web site).
Nowell Joseph "Papa" Glass (died 04/03/2001; age 73)
New Orleans native was a drummer with the Olympia Brass Band for 37 years; he was the son of drumming legend Booker T. Glass, who was with the Camelia Band (circa 1918), George Williams Brass Band, Eureka Brass Band, and others.
Jerry Green (died 08/18/2001; age 98)
Jazz pioneer (tuba, bass, banjo) performed around the world with legends such as Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Cab Calloway; also performed in brass bands and with local greats including Papa Celestine, Paul Barbarin, Emma Barrett, the Humphrey Brothers, and Al Hirt; see Gambit Weekly for more info.
Bradley Guilbeau (died 06/03/2001; age 39)
Carencro, LA native and drummer with Dikki Du & The Zydeco Crew was killed in an auto accident in Florida; the group were returning home after a gig when the accident occurred; bandmate Bobby Jackson was also killed, and 5 others were injured, including bandleader Troy "Dikki Du" Carrier.
Wilbert Guillory (died 06/14/2001; age 70)
Zydeco music promoter and founder of the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival; Guillory also served as director of the festival from 1986 to 1987.
Bobby Jackson (died 06/03/2001; age 46)
Crowley, LA native and guitarist with Dikki Du & The Zydeco Crew was killed in an auto accident in Florida, along with bandmate Bradley Gilbeau (see above).
Eugene "Gene" Joubert III (died 03/06/2001; age 59)
New Orleans native played saxophone with famed R&B group, The Jokers.
Ernie K-Doe (died 07/05/2001; age 65)
New Orleans R&B legend born Ernest Kador at Charity Hospital in February, 1936 came to national prominence in 1961 with his smash, "Mother-In-Law", which hit #1 on both the Pop and R&B Charts, and netted him a Grammy nomination; also see K-Doe.com, and tributes from The Louisiana Weekly and the S.F. Chronicle.
Arthur "Guitar" Kelley (died 09/17/2001; age 83)
Clinton, LA native began performing in the 1940's, but did not record until 1970 (for the Arhoolie "Louisiana Blues" sessions); the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame inductee was a regular performer on the Baton Rouge blues circuit for many years.
Rusty Kershaw (died 10/23/2001; age 63)
Cajun/country singer and guitarist from Tiel Ridge, LA; Kershaw and his brothers Nelson (Pee Wee) and Doug formed the Cajun band Pee Wee Kershaw & The Continental Playboys in 1948 (Rusty was 10 years old); Rusty and Doug began recording as a duo in the 50's, and had several country hits including "Louisiana Man" and "Diggy Liggy Lo" (1961); Rusty later went solo, releasing "Cajun in Blues Country" in 1970, and the critically acclaimed "Now & Then" (featuring Neil Young, Subdudes and Art Neville) in 1992; see CMT.com obit.
Jeanette Kimball (died 03/28/2001; age 94)
Native of Pass Christian, MS (born Jeanette Salvant) had a long association with Papa Celestin (who she recorded with in 1926; see photo) and Papa French; she later worked at Dixieland Hall and Preservation Hall.
Eddie LeJeune (died 01/09/2001; age 49)
Cajun accordion master was a native of Ardoin Cove, LA; Eddie was the son of Cajun music legend Iry LeJeune (see profile from LSU Eunice web site).
Michael "Bear" Lemoine (died 09/09/2001; age 45)
New Orleans native founded the Paradise Tumblers Jazz Band.
Richie Matta (died 07/08/2001; age 57)
New Orleans native recorded for the Scram label in the 1960's, played with the bands The Nobles and The Spades, and was an inductee into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame; also performed with The Phantoms while serving in Viet Nam.
Frank Parker (died 01/23/2001; age 81)
New Orleans-born drummer worked with Teddy Buckner, the Johnny Otis Band, Fats Domino, Roy Brown, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, and many others; he toured with the cast of the musical "One Mo' Time" in 1979, and was a regular at Preservation Hall in the 80's.
Rodger Poche (died 06/15/2001; age 49)
New Orleans native was a respected bass player and audio technician; Poche was an original member of the Neville Brothers band.
Danny Poullard (died 04/27/2001; age 63)
Noted accordionist (native of Richie, LA) was a leading figure in the California Creole and Cajun music scene; he was a long time member of the Louisiana Playboys and the California Cajun Orchestra.
Ezall "Money" Quinn, Jr. (died 02/25/2001; age 21)
Young trumpeter founded the Lil Rascals Brass Band with trombonist Corey Henry in 1987.
Barry Joseph Rodrigue (died 01/05/2001; age 56)
New Orleans native and member of the Louisiana Musicians Hall of Fame played keyboards with The Esquires, Paul Varisco and the Milestones, and others.
Jean Savoie (died 04/08/2001; age 53)
Crowley, LA native played the accordion with Blackie Fruge and Bobby Leger before forming his own band, The Bayou Ramblers.
O.C. Smith (died 11/23/2001; age 65)
Smith, a native of Mansfield, Louisiana, was best known for his 1968 Grammy winning hit, "Little Green Apples" (a #2 hit on both the Pop and R&B Charts); Smith became a minister in Los Angeles in 1985, but continued to record occasionally; here's a bio from the City of Angels Church.
Lionel Tapo (died 04/10/2001; age 93)
Jazz musician and New Orleans native performed at Preservation Hall.
John "Maw Maw" Theriot (died 02/28/2001; age 48)
Accordion player, vocalist and lifelong Lake Charles, LA resident was leader of Maw Maw Theriot and the Cajun Commandeaux Band; see Zachary Richard's comments on Theriot for more info.
Carlton "Guitar" Thomas, Jr. (died 09/04/2001; age 57)
Guitarist worked with the late Boozoo Chavis for 25 years, and was an original member of Boozoo's "Magic Sounds" band.
Elier "Bye" Touchet (died 08/12/2001; age 87)
Henry, Louisiana native began playing the accordion at the age of nine; he was a member of the Touchet Brothers band for more than 58 years.
Curley J. Veronie (died 04/03/2001; age 85)
Maurice, Louisiana-born musician (accordion, drums, violin) played with Happy Fats, D.L. Menard, Aldus Roger, Cleveland Mire, Lawrence Walker, Cliff Touchet, Alex Broussard, Joe Turner and Ricky Dugas.
David Lee Watson (died 04/2001; age 49)
Highly respected bass player and session man worked with Wayne Cochran & The C.C. Riders, Professor Longhair, Jack Mack & The Heart Attack, Luther Kent's Big Band, John Mooney, Tab Benoit, and a host of others.
Joseph C. "Papa Joe West" Weinmunson Jr. (died 06/09/2001; age 60)
Lifelong resident of New Orleans played keyboards with The Esquires; local music career spanned 46 years.
Robert "Bob" Whitstein (died 11/14/2001; age 57)
Guitarist and vocalist from Pineville, LA was half of the Grammy-nominated bluegrass duo, The Whitstein Brothers; read more.
Sylvia "Kuumba" Williams (died 07/17/2001; age 59)
Singer and actress created the role of Big Bertha in the international hit musical revue "One Mo' Time"; film credits include "Live and Let Die", "Sounder", "Mandingo", "Sounder (Part II)", "Obsession", "Fort Apache, the Bronx" and "Grand Isle".
Other Notable Passings
Justin Wilson (died 09/05/2001; age 87)
Noted Cajun humorist and TV chef from Amite, LA; over his career, Wilson released many books on cooking and humor, 27 albums of stories, and one album of Christmas songs with a jazz band; he was host of several cooking programs, including "Louisiana Cookin'".