Sunday, June 23, 2019

Dave Bartholomew RIP

In what has been a terrible few weeks for New Orleans music, following the deaths of Dr John and Lil Buck Sinegal, the latest twist is the news that Dave Bartholomew has died at the age of 100. The trumpeter, composer and bandleader, the man who launched the careers of Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Shirley and Lee, Snooks Eaglin, Frankie Ford and many others, had a long life, but his death still hits hard. He was the man who effectively put New Orleans R and B on the map. I have always loved the music and have been there countless times over the last 30 years . I've been fortunate enough to see Dave perform several times. He was at Jazzfest on my first visit in 1989 and I last saw him perform, aged 88, at the Ponderosa Stomp in 2007 (pictured above). His influence on New Orleans music cannot be over-estimated. He composed many songs, including most of Fats Domino's hits, and had a few significant recordings of his own with his band, including 'Ding A Ling', 'Jump Children', 'Shout Sister Shout' and 'The Monkey'.
RIP to a great man.
There's an obituary of Dave here.


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