Milton Adams (died 07/12/2002; age 83)
Cajun accordion player and bandleader (Milton Adams' Midnight Playboys) from Kaplan, LA; read more from the Louisiana Folklife Center.
(Abraham) Abe Areno (died 03/12/2002; age 77)
Sulpher, LA native was a member of the Areno Boys bluegrass gospel music group.
Billy Babineaux, Sr. (died 05/27/2002; age 55)
New Iberia-born musician and songwriter was a longtime resident of Lafayette; he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
Louis Bibbs (died 08/19/2002; age 46)
New Orleans-born sax player and music educator resided in Arizona for the last 23 years.
Joseph "Barro" Boudreaux (died 04/15/2002; age 83)
Accordion player from Creole, LA led the Cajun band Barro and the Teardrops from 1972 - 2000.
Howard Bowie (died 07/22/2002; age 63)
Gospel singer and New Orleans native performed with The Zion Harmonizers for 43 years.
Frankie Brent (died 08/26/2002; age 68)
Comedian and singer (born Adolph F. Gambino, Jr. in Philadelphia) was a member of popular 1950's rock & roll band Freddie Bell and the Bellboys. Brent relocated to New Orleans in the mid-60's where he continued to perform and also operated his own nightclub. See Frankie Brent profile (BlackCat Rockabilly).
Robert "Catman" Caffrey (died 01/02/2002; age 75)
R&B saxophonist and New Orleans native played with Roy Brown, Guitar Slim, Earl King, Huey "Piano" Smith, and many others.
Calvin Carriere (died 03/03/2002; age 80)
Legendary Creole fiddler was the son of accordionist Eraste "Dolon" Carriere and nephew of fiddler Joseph "Bebe" Carriere; Calvin recorded with the Lawtell Playboys and accordion player Goldman Thibodeaux (photo).
William Staake Chute (died 10/01/2002; age 84)
Music educator and violinist started the music department at LSU New Orleans (UNO), where he was Professor of Music from 1963 to 1983, and Music Chair from 1968 to 1974.
Manny Crusto (Manuel Mitchell Crusto) (died 03/18/2002; age 83)
Lifelong New Orleans jazz musician (sax, clarinet) worked with a who's who of local jazz artists, including Harold Dejan, Fats Pichon (on the SS Capitol riverboat), Wardell Quezergue, Teddy Riley, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Harold "Duke" Dejan (died 07/05/2002; age 93)
Saxophonist and New Orleans jazz legend founded Dejan's Olympia Brass Band.
James "King Sweets" Dogan (died 03/22/2002; age 55)
Lifelong New Orleans resident was a founding member of The Revealers, and wrote, arranged and played keyboards with the popular roots/reggae group.
(Lawrence J.) L.J. Foret (died 09/12/2002; age 72)
Well known Cajun musician began his career at age 14 playing with his father in the Town Serenaders; went on to lead his own band, L.J. Foret and His Country Boys; he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2000, and was awarded the South Louisiana Pioneer Award for songwriting and performing.
(Ronald Francis) Ronnie Foret (died 10/21/2002; age 46)
Singer, musician and Houma, LA native was a member of Southern Pride and Dakota; he also performed with his father, L.J. Foret, who passed away 6 weeks earlier.
Greg Futch (died 06/29/2002; age 39)
Folk singer and mainstay of the Lafayette, LA music scene was the younger brother of country music star Eddy Raven.
(Hodijah L.) David Grillier (died 04/24/2002; age 67)
Reeds player and New Orleans native played with several local R&B greats before joining Harold Dejanís Olympia Brass Band; Grillier began touring with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in the 1980's, and fell ill while on the road them in Pennsylvania; he was hospitalized and passed away there a few weeks later.
(Marcel) Tex Grimsley (died 10/02/2002; age 85)
Noted fiddle player, fiddle maker, songwriter and music instructor appeared on the Louisiana Hayride's debut show in 1948; he also co-wrote (with brother Cliff) "I'm Walking The Dog", a #3 hit for Webb Pierce in 1953; read more on Tex Grimsley.
George Housey, Jr. (died 02/10/2002; age 46)
New Orleans-born drummer worked with the bands Mem Shannon & the Membership and Syncopation.
(Alvin Joseph) Big Al Johnson (died 05/09/2002; age 54)
Kenner native was bass vocalist and guitarist with the gospel group Soulful Heavenly Stars.
(James Warren) "Baggy" Latiolais (died 04/13/2002; age 69)
Guitarist and Lawtell, LA native worked with Walter Lee and the Lawtell Playboys among others; Latiolais was killed in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver while en route to a gig in Atlanta with Morris and Dexter Ardoin (Morris was also injured in the accident).
Loranzy Leger (died 09/15/2002; age 85)
Musician and Point Noir, LA native performed with his band Loranzy Leger and the Friendly Playboys.
Julian Bernard "Juno" Lewis (died 04/09/2002; age 70)
New Orleans-born percussionist, composer and instrument maker performed locally before moving to Los Angeles in the 1950's; composed and recorded Kulu Sť Mama with John Coltrane in 1965; see Gallery 41 tribute.
Walter Lewis (Jr.) (died 06/10/2002; age 87)
New Orleans piano great began playing in his teens, and over his 70+ year career worked with Claiborne Williams, Champion Jack Dupree, Paul Barbarin, Oscar "Papa" Celestin, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Big Joe Turner, Guitar Slim, Earl King, Louis Cottrell and Placide Adams, among many others; in later years, he was a member of Danny Barker's Jazz Hounds (later led by Gregg Stafford), performing at Palm Court and Preservation Hall.
(Alfred Felix) Al Lobre (died 04/28/2002; age 87)
New Orleans jazz musician (banjo, guitar, upright bass) and vocalist worked with the Last Straws Orchestra, Phil Zito and his New Orleans International City Dixielanders, Johnny Repass Orchestra, Vincent Varisco Quartet, Dutch Andrus Dixieland Band and Bobbie Douglas Orchestra; also hosted "Al Lobre and His Music of the Southland Show" on radio station WWEZ.
(William Krohmer) Bill McElhiney (died 02/2002; age 75)
New Orleans-born trumpeter played with big bands before settling in Nashville where he became a noted arranger and session player; recording credits include albums by Connie Francis, Hank Snow, Brenda Lee, Floyd Cramer, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and many others.
Peter Paul Meehan, III (died 12/26/2002; age 26)
Metairie artist and musician played with several local bands including Honey Pot, Train Wreck, and I Tell You What.
Stanley J. "Hap" Mendelson (died 10/04/2002; age 79)
New Orleans pianist was a longtime member of the original Dukes of Dixieland; he also recorded with Alvin Alcorn, Tom Brown, Raymond Burke, Paul Barbarin and Johnny Wiggs, among others (also see DoD web site).
Norma Dugas Minyard (died 09/28/2002; age 97)
New Orleans (Algiers) native played ragtime piano in New Orleans silent movie houses in the 1920's and 30's and was still performing up to the time of her passing; she was the mother of Orleans Parish Coroner (and jazz musician) Dr. Frank Minyard.
Jeff Naideau (died 06/17/2002; age 48)
Piano player, vocalist and composer toured with Quiet Riot and Eric Burden before settling in New Orleans in 1999 (also see JeffNaideau.com).
Michael Robinson (died 08/17/2002; age 30)
Noted Gospel keyboardist, arranger, singer and songwriter was musical director at Greater St. Stephen Ministries for the past 14 years; Robinson recorded with Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar and the Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Mass Choir, among others.
Clarence Samuels (died 05/20/2002; age 78)
Baton Rouge-born blues shouter worked with Roy Brown in the late 40's before signing with the Chess Brothers (releasing "Lollipop Mama" on the Aristocrat label); Samuels released several more singles over the years for a variety of labels (e.g. "Chicken Hearted Woman" on Excello); after a long layoff, he released his lone solo album, "The House of Blues," in 2000.
Rosa Lee Smooth (died 09/22/2002; age 65)
Matriarch of the Slidell-based gospel group The Dynamic Smooth Family, who were fixtures at the Jazz and Heritage Festival Gospel Tent each year.
(Thomas Alfred) Tommy Yetta (died 08/28/2002; age 72)
Dixieland jazz trumpeter and vocalist was a staple of the New Orleans music scene for over 50 years; Yetta performed at Maison Bourbon, Crazy Shirley's, the Famous Door, Court of Two Sisters, and the Old French Opera House, among others; he was a regular at the French Quarter Festival, and appeared at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival over 25 times.
Longtime producer and emcee of the Louisiana Hayride coined the phrase "Elvis has left the building" (uttered while trying to quiet a frenzied Hayride crowd after a Presley performance in 1956); many future legends got their start on the Hayride during Logan's tenure (1948-57), including Elvis, Hank Williams, Webb Pierce, Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells and Jim Reeves; for more info, see Logan's 1998 book, "Elvis, Hank, and Me: Making Musical History on the Louisiana Hayride".
One of New Orleans first black radio broadcasters became popular as a DJ on station WMRY (which became WYLD), where he hosted "Tipping With Tex", a show that featured local and national R&B music. He was also known for his work in TV, journalism and as a Master of Ceremonies (photo).
Popular Monroe, LA gospel deejay and radio personality known as the "Jewel of the Dial".