Friday, July 28, 2017

Farewell to the King of Cajun

Sad to hear of the death of the king of Cajun music, D L Menard, who has died aged 85. Born in Erath, Louisiana, he was hugely influential with his nasal vocal style and guitar playing. He was probably the most prominent artist in the Cajun field and I saw him perform on numerous occasions during visits to Louisiana. Probably his best known song was La Porte En Amere (The Back Door). The last time I saw him was at a screening of a film called First Cousins - Cajun and Creole Music in South Louisiana in Lafayette last October when he was in a wheelchair. My photo above shows D L at Jazzfest in New Orleans in 2013. The one below was taken at the Festival Louisianne in 2010.  
It's farewell too to Vancouver born singer Bobby Taylor, aged 83, who recorded with his band The Vancouvers for Motown in the late sixties. Bobby was probably better known as the man who  
discovered the Jackson 5 in Chicago and brought them to Motown, producing their first album. As a singer he and the Vancouvers, which included comedian Tommy Chong, had a hit with Does Your Mama Know About Me. Later records on Motown subsidiary VIP failed to sell but he had success on Tommy records with I Can't Quit Your Love in 1973. He recorded an album for Ian Levine's Motorcity label in 1990.


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