[Dixielandjazz] follow-up on Tom's message: Clarence "Gatemouth"
Brown Dies After Fleeing Hurricane Katrina
tubaman at tubatoast.com
Mon Sep 12 09:27:10 PDT 2005
I always enjoyed Gatemouth's performances...
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Dies After Fleeing Hurricane Katrina
The 81-year-old musician had been battling lung cancer and heart
Monday, September 12, 2005
Singer/guitarist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, whose career spanned 50
years and covered such genres as blues, jazz, country and Cajun, died
Saturday in his hometown of Orange, Texas, where he had gone to escape
Hurricane Katrina. He was 81.
Brown, who had been battling lung cancer and heart disease, was in ill
health for the past year, said Rick Cady, his booking agent. The artist
was living at his brother’s house at the time of his death. His home in
Slidell, La. was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Cady said.
Brown first hit it big in the blues realm with "Okie Dokie Stomp" and
"Ain't That Dandy" during the 1940s. Eventually, he became known as a
musical jack-of-all-trades who played a half-dozen instruments and
culled from jazz, country, Texas blues, and the zydeco and Cajun music
of his native Louisiana.
By the end of his career, Brown had more than 30 recordings and won a
Grammy award in 1982.
Survivors include three daughters and a son.
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