Westbank Musicians Hall of Fame, Inc.

Est. 2002
Westwego, Louisiana


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Westbank Musicians Hall of Fame, Inc. Inductees
2005



Living Deceased
Jules Albarado Leroy Joseph "Lee" Champagne
Gary James Alleman Joseph Paul Henri Guerineau, Jr.
Ronnie Joseph Arcement Henry Joseph LeBlanc, Jr. a/k/a "Humpin Henry"
Gregory Arthur Ernest Pitre
John Collins Arthur Louis Marcel Scioneaux a/k/a Lou Sino
Ronald Raymond Besson Vhores F. Trosclair, Jr.
Dale Anthony Boudreaux
Lanny J. Boudreaux
Michael Allen Cuneo, Sr.
Gary Danos aka "Gary Dee"
Landry Joseph "Bozo" Dufrene, Jr.
Emmett Joseph Encardes, Sr.
Charles Ray Falcone
Ronald Joseph Falgout
Larry Francis
Dwight Anthony Galiano, Sr.
Calvin Joseph Gaudin, Jr.
Raymond "Smokey" Hartman
Chester Daniel "Danny" Hebert, Jr.
O'Neil Edgar Hebert, Jr.
Thomas Joseph LeBlanc a/k/a "Big T"
Nelson Charles St. Germain, Jr.
Gary Savoie
Rod J. Schouest a/k/a "Rockin Rod"
Ronald Joseph Schouest a/k/a "Rockin Ron"
Gary Paul Thibodaux a/k/a "Gary T"
James Adam Trahan


Jules Albarado

Jules Albarado was born in uptown New Orleans, on June 10, 1950, to Ruby and Nolan Albarado. His first musical lessons were on the clarinet when he was a student at St. Henry Elementary. While attending Redemptorist High, he took up saxophone in order to join the school jazz band and to play in his first rock n' roll band.

In the 10th grade, he and other classmates, like Lenny McDaniel, formed a group called the, "Radiants," later known as the, "New Orleans Error," and then the, "New Era." The band performed at C.Y.0. and high school dances on the East and West Bank They often backed up some of New Orleans' premiere performers like, Irma Thomas, Benny Spellman, Tommy Ridgely and Ernie K Doe. By the time Jules was 16, his band was performing at the Sands on Jefferson Highway. While attending Loyola University, Jules was a member of the jazz band, which earned honors locally and nationally. He also played with the Saints band at home games.

After college, Jules toured the United States in 1972 and 1973 with "Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders." After the tour, Jules played in Fat City and on Bourbon Street with "Santo Pecora and the Tailgate Ramblers."

In 1974, his career on the Westbank began, playing at the Round Table, with the "New Orleans Levee Board," whose members were at the time, Billy Fayard, Danny Hebert, Chispa and Jerry Roussell, and Judy and Sheena Anderson. Jules played there till 1978, later playing with a band called, "Mojo," which included Ronnie Boudreaux, Calvin Gaudin, Ray Shall, Claude Salles, and Mark Stefan. In the late 70's and early 80's, "Mojo" played on Bourbon Street at the Club 544 and the Ivanhoe.

In 1977, Jules moved to Gretna, where he met and married his wife, Mona Abshire. They have raised two daughters and are the grandparents of five beautiful grandchildren. In 1974, besides starting his Westbank music career, Jules began his teaching career. He has taught at Helen Cox, Livadais Jr. High, and West Jefferson High School. For the past 10 years Jules has been teaching at Gretna Middle School.

Jules returned to the Westbank in 1981 to work with "Janet Lynn and Ya Ya" at the 1801 Club in Gretna. There he worked with Janet Lynn, Craig Villafranco, Al Arthur, and Big Johnny Thomassie. The band had the pleasure of performing with several local guest celebrities like: Frankie Ford, Johnny Adams, Art Neville, Martha Wright, and Tommy Ridgely.

From there Jules went to the Suburban Club, where he worked with Ronnie Boudreaux's band, "Wild Honey." Following the Suburban, Jules formed a group called, "The Family Jewels," including Craig Wroten, Ed O'Leary, Steve Hughes, and Erwin Charles; who was also Fats Domino's bassist. Jules had also worked with another great bassist named George Porter.

In the late 80's and early 90's, Jules worked in a Metairie night club called Chesterfields with a group called "Spice." At that time, Jules began singing more, which enhanced his value as a performer.

For the last 11 years, his primary band has been, "Kingsroe." As a member of "Kingsroe," Jules was recently inducted into the Louisiana Musicians Hall of Fame.

On nights when Jules is not working with "Kingsroe," he has played with several swamp pop groups including, the "Foret Tradition," "Brad Sapia Jr. and the Swamp Pop Players," "Treater," and the "Deuce of Hearts." He has had the pleasure of backing up such swamp pop greats as: Johnny Allan, T.K. Hulin, Charles Mann, and Willie Tee. He has also worked spot jobs with the "Alley Cats," "E.L.S.," "Shaon," and "Luther Kent and Trick Bag," with whom he recently performed with at the Jazz and Heritage Festival.

During his musical career, Jules has had several nicknames as Mr. Al, The Boogalie Bush, Julio, and last but not least, the one that was and still is most familiar: 0.T. Boudreaux.

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Leroy Joseph "Lee" Champagne

1/30/1935 - 9/21/1999

Leroy Champagne was born on January 30,1935 to Percy and Elvine Champagne, the oldest of 4 boys which included, Clifton, Larry, and Donald. Raised in Westwego, Leroy attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor school.

Leroy was a musician for more than 50 years, playing lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and also performed vocally.

Some of the bands Leroy performed with are: "The Good Timers," "Common Man," and "Bad Breaks," and spotted with other bands.

During his musical career, Leroy enjoyed playing with such musicians as his three brothers: Donald who played bass, drums and saxophone; Larry who played keyboard; Clifton on vocals; John Jennings on bass, Landry "Bozo" Dufrene on rhythm guitar; "Speedy" Courteaux on lead and rhythm guitar; Philip Alleman on accordion and vocals; Clifton Abadie on rhythm guitar; Jerry Chaisson on drums; Morris Campo on rhythm and vocals; "Zoo" Carpenter on saxophone; Ron Besson on vocals; Lenny Abadie, Junior Guidry, Nolan Dufrene, Carol Bonvillian and Leroy Martin.

Leroy was an active member of the Westwego Civic Association and played many functions there. He also had the pleasure of playing at the Young Men's Business Club, VFW, American Legion Hall, Old Fireman's Hall in Westwego, Hank's Place in Bridge City, The Green Door in Paradis, and The Round House in Boutte.

Members of the band, "Common Man" in the picture are: Leroy Champagne on lead guitar and vocals, Donald Champagne, Larry Champagne, Clifton Champagne, "Bozo" Dufrene, and Jerry Chaisson.

Leroy and his wife Mary, also deceased, raised 6 children: Christine Champagne, Wilma C. LeCompte, Thomas Champagne, Wanda Champagne (who is deceased), John Jennings and Vickie Myers.

The Westbank Musicians Hall of Fame wishes to thank the children and family members of Mr. Leroy Champagne, who have graciously donated his guitar, microphone, and amplifier used by Leroy, for display in our museum.

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Gary James Alleman

Gary was born in New Orleans on October 15, 1949 to Armand and Ethel Theriot Alleman. He is the oldest of four children, having two brothers: Wayne and Dwight, and one sister: Amelia Alleman Majoria. He lived in Westwego till the age of six, then moved to Marrero. He attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor and Immaculate Conception grade schools and graduated from Archbishop Shaw High School in 1967.

Gary's musical ambitions began at the age of 9, after many years of watching his grandfather play the French accordion. After Paw paw bought a new one, Gary mastered the instrument.

During high school, Gary worked at Giaise's Supermarket and became friends with Joe Giaise who played saxophone with a band called, "The Embers." Being invited to their practice, he watched the members: Joe on sax, Ronnie Boudreaux on guitar, and Ronnie Landry on drums. Gary quickly decided he wanted to be a part of that "scene." After buying Joe's old alto sax, Gary joined the Shaw marching band and in his senior year joined the dance band playing guitar. About that same time is when Gary and some friends formed his first band, "The Deltones." It wasn't long before the band was competing in some of the 'battle of the band' contests, of which "The Deltones" won two with Gary playing guitar and singing.

Shortly after, Gary got interested in playing drums and joined the "Rhythm Masters," which played for dances and installations for the American Legions, V.F.W.'s and Moose Lodges. While playing drums at the "Scorpio," Vin Bruce asked Gary to play with his band, "The Acadlans." After a couple of years, Gary played with played several more years with Jimmy Trahan. Gary has also played in many house-bands at The Scorpio, Moulin Rouge, Fireman's Hall, and The Keyhole. And after learning to play bass, Gary became a popular "relief man" doing spot-jobs at the aforementioned establishments including "Speedy Courteaux's Country Classics."

Gary then joined "Russ Russell and the Rustlers" as rhythm man and vocals, then moved to bass. After several years with Russ, Gary left and formed his own group called, "Southern Accent" with Cliff Fonseca, Gary Danos, and Grits Ramagos. This was the first band in the area to back up Norman Wade.

Getting tired of the country scene, Gary formed a group called, "What" with Johnny Justice, Glen Diecidue, and Dino & Jimmy Palmisano. They played a couple of years at "The Robert E. Lee" before it became "My Fathers'Junkyard," at which time the band returned as "Times Past" with replacements Richard Pitre and Larry Jay.

In more recent years, Gary has played with the LeBlanc Brothers, Jules Gaspard, Skeeter Thomassie, and Duane Schurb. He has also been privileged to play recording sessions with Vin Bruce, Jimmy Trahan, Russ Russell, Jules Gaspard, Skeeter Thomassie, and Duane Schurb.

For over 35 years, Gary has played with many musicians and the list is still growing and is humbled and grateful to be inducted into the Westbank Musicians Hall of Fame.

Gary was formerly a superintendent in the construction field but now is self-employed carpenter for the last four years. He and his wife of 34 years reside in Marrero and have one son, Ryan, and one daughter, Brandi, along with three grandchildren: Peyton, Kayla and Timmy.

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Joseph Paul Henri Guerineau, Jr.

12/10/1942 - 6/17/1996

Henri Guerineau was born on December 10, 1942, the only child to Marie and Joseph Paul Henri Guerineau, Sr. Raised in the Mid-City area of New Orleans, Henri attended Sacred Heart and Jesuit High Schools.

In 1956 Henri began his 30 year career playing the trumpet. As a senior at Jesuit, and Mac Rebenack as a freshman, they wanted to enter the talent night at school, so they formed a band called, "The Dominos," and in fact, won the talent night. After graduation, Henri, Mac, Harold Battaglia, Charlie Matthis, Dave Verret, and Eddie Punch formed a band called "The Spades." The band played on Saturday nights at dances for Sacred Heart and on Sundays at the St. Anthony dances alternating with "The Sparks" from Warren Easton High School.

After spending two years at Loyola University, Henri joined the Army. Henri had switched to playing electric bass while stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. He also played in a country band called "The Roundups," while in El Paso, Texas for one year. Upon his return to New Orleans, Henri became the band director for the Army band at Camp Leroy Johnson which is now known as The University of New Orleans and also resumed his place with "The Spades."

During his musical career, Henri also played with Art Ryder, Eddie Powers, The Crescent City Jazz Band, and with Pete Fountain's "Half Fast Marching Club." Henri played at numerous clubs in the French Quarter, American Legion Halls, and NOMAA dances.

In the 1970's, Henri moved to the Westbank in Bellemeade Subdivision. He spent the last 15 or more years of his life playing trumpet with "The Esquires," the "primo" band of the Westbank, who played for weddings and parties. Who could forget the Sunday night dances at the VFW on Monroe Street in Gretna?

Henri retired from Mid Continent Life Insurance as Chief Financial Officer. He also had 4 children from his first wife, Betty Jean, of 25 years, and was married to Judith Labit at the time of his death.

Henri played music two weeks prior to his untimely death on June 17, 1996. Now he's making music with the angels and with all his musical buddies.

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Ronnie Joseph Arcement

Ronnie Arcement was born in Westwego, Louisiana on November 12, 1948, the eldest of four, including three sisters, to Ruby and Jimmy Arcement. He attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Westwego Elementary, Westwego Jr. High, and West Jefferson High School. Ronnie was a music major at Delgado, Loyola, and Southeastern Universities.

Ronnie's love for music began at age 13 when he joined a garage band with Dave Chaisson, Ray Chaisson, and other friends. He then went on to form a band with Johnny Arthur, Gregory Arthur, and Brian Klaus, which evolved into a group called, "The Scorpions." Their first paying job was at a bar in Westwego, across from Larry's on the Hill. Ronnie played guitar at that time and later switched to drums. The nucleus of this group became SKOR, one of the city's most popular bands. SKOR performed at places like: the Beaconette, Crazy Horse, Encore, Soul City, and The Sands. The band also began writing original music and signed a recording contract with Sea Saint Studios owned by New Orleans' own, Allen Toussaint. SKOR backed up many well known artists as: The Drifters, Ink Spots, Jeannie C. Riley, Ernie K Doe, Benny Spellman, Tommy Ridgely, and Lee Dorsey. For over eight years SKOR was Lee Dorsey's back up band which performed at the Jazz & Heritage Festival for five years and toured with "Clash" on an 11 day, 9 city national tour.

Ronnie has recently played in local bands with "Wayne Foret and the Rockin' 50's" and "Burgundy," which have played at Boomtown and Treasure Chest casinos and numerous Mardi Gras balls. Ronnie was also inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2003 with the band "Burgundy," and on June 12, 2005, Ronnie and the members of "SKOR" were inducted into the Louisiana Musicians Hall of Fame. He is current performing at Slapshots Sports Cafe' on Kabel Drive in Algiers, with a band named, "Backbone," which includes a group of friends and musicians from various local bands.

Ronnie and Gracie have been married for ten years and reside in Algiers, Louisiana. He has a son and daughter: Brentt and Linsey, who reside in Orange County, California. His son, Brentt, is a performing musician in the Orange County area. His grandson, Zane Joseph, has been playing drums since the age of three. He obviously has "the genes!"

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Henry Joseph LeBlanc, Jr. a/k/a Humpin Henry

7/31/1949- 11/30/1998

Henry LeBlanc was born in Metairie on July 31, 1949 to Henry LeBlanc, Sr. and Helen Babin LeBlanc; one of four siblings including: Tommy, Bonnie and Darlene LeBlanc, and Barbara LeBlanc Gillespie.

Raised in Westwego, Henry attended Westwego Elementary and Jr. High, West Jefferson High School, and graduated with a Music degree from Delgado Jr. College.

Henry was a musician for 35 years, playing lead guitar and vocals. He began playing with "The Swinging Five," with his father, Henry Sr. and his brother, Thomas. He also played with groups called, "Breakfast," "Adams Apple," "Southern Comfort," "Gold," "Spare Tire Band," and "The LeBlanc Brothers Band."

Henry played in most of the local area clubs on the East and West banks of New Orleans metropolitan area, numerous clubs on Bourbon Street, and in the French Quarter. Not to forget most of the local VFW, American Legion, and KC halls. Henry also played at the Bellemont Hotel in Baton Rouge and for Carnival Cruise Lines aboard the M.S. Celebration.

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Gregory Arthur

Gregory was born in New Orleans on October 27,1949 to John and Lois Arthur. He has an older brother Johnny, and a younger sister Laurie. The family lived in Arabi, then in 1962, moved to Avondale and there Greg attended Live Oak Elementary and Bridge City Elementary. Following in his brother Johnny's lead, Greg played his first musical instrument, a parade drum that his parents bought him, which he played in the Westwego Jr. High band and performed with them in 1964 at the New York World's Fair.

While attending West Jefferson High School, Greg played bass and piano in the stage band, sousaphone in the concert band, and sang in the school chorus. He then studied music at LSUNO; where he was in the band and choir.

During Greg's Jr. High days, his brother John got him to play in his band called, "The Scorpions." Not long after, Greg became the bass player for the band, which evolved into "SKOR." They went on to play places like The Sands, Soul City, and the Beaconette, to name a few. Later, "SKOR" landed a recording contract and Greg composed and arranged many of the bands original songs. They also became a back-up band for many local artists such as Lee Dorsey and Huey Smith. "SKOR" played many Jazz Fests backing up Lee Dorsey and also did some touring.

In the early 80's Greg went on his own, playing bass for Jazz and Dixieland groups. He played Hammond B-3 with a trio for a couple of years, then joined the "Satisfiers," a jazz group, and played bass.

Greg joined "Kingsroe" in the late 80's and is still with them today. He also is a regular with two other groups, "Paul Varisco and the Milestones," who has recently performed at the Jazz Fest and his latest group called, "Backbone," who has played at Boomer's and Slapshots, to name a couple.

During Greg's musical career, he has played clubs on the East and West Bank like: The Roundtable, Lafitte Grill, Casey's, The Boot, Crazy Horse, The Encore, Invanhoe, 544 Club, Say Say, and Pappy's.

In 1965, Greg joined the local Musicians Union and in 1971 was elected to ASCAP. This past June 12, 2005, Greg and the members of "SKOR" were inducted into the Louisiana Musicians Hall of Fame.

Greg has raised two children, one son Justin, and one daughter Ashley, and still resides in Westwego.

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Ernest Pitre

1911 - 1968

Ernest Thomas Pitre was born on August 24, 1911 and was raised in Westwego. He attended Westwego School on 2nd Street and spent his early childhood in the 3rd block of Sala Avenue (across the street from Rosenstock's Department Store). He resided and raised his family at 372 Avenue A in Westwego.

During his life, he was best known as both a musician (a guitar player) and a songwriter. It was this ability that enabled Ernest Pitre to best express himself and to make his mark.

In 1934 at his first singing contest held at the St. Charles Theater, he won lst place. He continued to perform and eventually was given the name "The Wandering Cowboy." He became a local personality and was frequently asked to perform at many Westbank establishments.

From 1945 to 1947, Ernest Pitre starred in his own thirty-minute radio program called "The Wandering Cowboy." Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, WJBW radio in New Orleans gave Ernest a forum to perform many of his original works to a wider listening audience. Each program would begin with the words of his theme song..."How I'd like to wander down to wander valley."

The popularity of his local radio show gave Ernest the opportunity to perform with country music stars such as Tex Ritter. Some local folks that he shared his talent with were: Hebert Adams, Walton Savoie, Herbert Gros, Lonnie Hughes, Al Levron, Jimnmie Tassin, Nolan Dufrene, Claude Meaux, and Earl Bouvier.

His interest in music lasted for 36 years and continued until his death on August 7, i968. He was 56 years old. Ernest was survived by his wife, Mable R. Pitre, and three children: Doris Pitre Barrios, Richard Pitre, and Dale Pitre Matherne.

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John Collins Arthur

Johnny Arthur was born in Los Angeles, California on August 4, 1947 to John and Lois Arthur. The oldest of three children, Johnny has a younger brother, Greg, and a younger sister, Laurie. After the family moved to the Westbank, Johnny attended Bridge City Elementary and Westwego Jr. High. He started playing the trumpet, guitar, and harmonica at the age of nine and performed and sang with his brother Greg.

In high school at West Jefferson, he played in the school band. As a teenager he played band jobs on the Westbank with various musicians as a trumpet player. Johnny also played in the L.S.U. "Tiger Band" while attending college in Baton Rouge. He also attended Tulane University here in New Orleans.

Johnny Arthur has been a musician for over 49 years; playing a variety of instruments such as the trumpet, piano, guitar, harmonica, and drums. He has also authored and co-authored many songs and jingles and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

Johnny began singing and playing the guitar and keyboard after forming a rhythm section with brother Gregory on bass and Ronnie Arcement on drums. This group would eventually be known as "SKOR." Johnny has performed with a number of bands including: "Indian Fire," "Saltmeat," "Lee Dorsey," "Patti and the Walkers," and the "All American Boys."

He has played in cities across this country such as: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City, Detroit, Nashville, Virginia Beach, Jacksonville, Fort Worth, Bay St. Louis, and Gulf Shores to name a few. In our state, Johnny has performed on the steamboats Natchez and President, at the Jazz & Heritage Festival, Tipitina's, Beaconette, Club Sands, Soul City, Ivanhoe, 544 Club, Jimmy's, the Kingfish in Baton Rouge and other clubs in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas. Here on the Westbank, starting as a young teenager, Johnny played at Speck's Moulin Rouge, The Raven, The Roundhouse, Scorpio, Fireman's Hall, Democratic Hall, Susan's Lounge on the Hill, Ole Man River's, Lafitte Grill, The Round Table, Suburban, 300 Club, and numerous V.F. W., American Legion, and Knights of Columbus Halls.

To add to the band "SKOR"'s recognition of musical talent, on June,12, 2005, the members of "SKOR" were inducted to the Louisiana Musicians Hall of Fame.

Johnny has raised two daughters: Melody mad Aria, and has two grand-sons: Michael and Matthew. His favorite pastimes are telling jokes and drawing cartoons.

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Louis Marcel Scioneaux a/k/a Lou Sino

8/16/1930 - 7/30/1986

Born in Algiers, Louisiana, on August 16,1930, the second of six children to Eyere and Florence Scioneaux, and raised on Slidell Street. Lou attended Behrman High School where he played in the school band but also had private music lessons in New Orleans. Lou had been playing guitar and trombone since the age of 13. While still a teenager, Lou played almost three years at Nelson's in Gretna. Lou played on Bourbon Street for many years. At the age of 17, Lou was playing at the Famous Door. Lou Sino has played with such New Orleans greats as: George Girard, A1 Hirt, Pete Fountain, and the late great Louis Prima.

From 1957 thru 1969, Lou played in Louis Prima's band, known as the Witnesses in Las Vegas, Nevada. While playing at the Sands Hotel, Lou came in contact with the renowned, "Rat Pack" and Howard Hughes who lived in the penthouse of the Sands. In 1961, Frank Sinatra sent a plane to Las Vegas to pick up Louis Prima, Keely Smith, the band members and the "Rat Pack " and flew them to Washington, D.C. where Prima's band performed for President John F. Kennedy's Inauguration. Unfortunately, the wives were not invited. Also during Lou's tenure with the band, they played in Lake Tahoe at the casino Cal-Neva, owned by Frank Sinatra. The novelty of the place was that it was built on the California Nevada state line which ran thru the building. So since gambling was illegal in California, patrons could only gamble on the Nevada side of the casino. Prima's band was also in six motion pictures, the most acclaimed was Disney's 1967 release of "Jungle Book." The song, "I Wanna Be Like You" was an animation of Prima and the bands' actual crazy antics and second-lining in the studio while recording the song.

Lou Sino returned to the Westbank in 1970 and thru 1972. Lou played at Alfredo's in Gretna (formerly Nelson's). Lou also had his own nightclub for called, "Lou Sino's Chalet" for 2 years.

Lou Sino and the Bengals, whose signature song was, "Tiger Rag" spent the remainder of his musical career where he started in the French Quarter of New Orleans, playing at Economy Hall in the Royal Sonesta Hotel and at the Mason Bourbon until 1986.

Lou and Patricia, wife of 33 years, till his death in 1986, raised 5 children: Mike, Glenn, Louis Jr., Patricia, and Kelly. Ms. Pat Scioneaux is still a Westbanker, residing in the Bellemeade subdivision of Gretna.

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Ronald Raymond Besson

Ron Besson was born in Algiers, Louisiana on June 12, 1936, the eldest of 3 brothers and 6 sisters to Margaret and Newman Joseph Besson, Jr. Ron attended McDonogh 26, while the family lived on Franklin Street in Gretna. In 1949, Ron and his family moved to Westwego. It was there where Ron met and later in 1956, married Barbara Clulee and lived at 717 Keller Street and raised two daughters, Kelli and Kathy.

In the Spring of 1953, Ron organized, "Ronnie and the Be Bops," whose original members were: Ron Besson Lead Singer and Manager, Nolan Dufrene (deceased) on lead guitar, Leroy Camardelle on rhythm guitar, and Jerry Chaisson on drums. "The Be Bops" performed for 12 years from 1953 to 1965. During this time other Westbank musicians joined the band such as: Leroy Champagne on guitar, Billy Fayard on piano, Anthony "Boo" Hargis on saxophone, Andy Valence on saxophone, Norman "Speedy" Courteaux on guitar, and Leroy Kimball on drums.

During it's 12 year tenure, "Ronnie and the Be Bops" performed in Bridge City at Hank's Place and the original Pecan Grove Tavern at 9 Mile Point, in Boutte at The Round House, in Gretna at Nelson's and Willy's, in Marrero at the Moulin Rouge, Old Scorpio and the Tip Top Inn, at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, in Raceland at the Welcome Inn and T Man's Club, in Westwego at Larry's on the Hill, the Keyhole, Fireman's Hall, and on Friday nights at the Teenage Dance for Our Lady of Prompt Succor School.

As the limelight of the Rock n'Roll days faded, Ron spent his later years in the civilian workforce, in public service and in the military. In 1996, he retired as manager, after 34 years, from Western Southern Life Insurance Company. He served as Commissioner at Large for the Lafourche Levee Board. In 1980 Ron was elected President of the newly formed West Jeff Levee District and started the process for Hurricane Levee Protection for the Westbank. Ron spent 8 years serving as Administrative Assistant to Jefferson Parish Councilman Lloyd Giardina. He was active in the political arena for many years. He presently serves as Chairman of the West Jefferson Republican Executive Committee. Ron has proudly served his country in the Army National Guard. He has been bestowed numerous certificates of achievements, commendations, and medals during his 39 years of service; retiring as Command Sergeant Major. Ron and his wife of 11 years, Barbara Duet, now reside in Marrero.

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Vhores F. Trosclair, Jr.

1/1/1937 - 7/20/2004

Vhores F. Trosclair, Jr. was born in Larose, Louisiana on January 1, 1937 to Vhores Sr. and Elva Cantrelle Trosclair. He began playing trumpet at a very early age which began a lifelong love of music.

His very first professional "music gig" was at the ripe old age of 13 with the legendary Gene Rodrigue at Smitty's Lounge in Grand Isle, Louisiana. He used to tell the story that he only knew 8 songs on the trumpet, yet Gene paid him $13.00 for the job. He thought he was on top of the world because that was a lot of money in those days. He later spent several years playing with the legendary Vin Bruce.

In the late 50's and early 60's he played with the great Joe Barry and the Dukes of Rhythm. Joe often referred to Vhores as his trumped player and arranger. Although, he was not on the original recording of "I'm a Fool to Care," there is still no one who took a smoother ride or played it more often than he did while Joe was a star.

He eventually stopped playing music professionally for many years, but music never really left him. Although he never served in the military, he continued to do something for his community which he took a lot of pride in and that was playing TAPS at literally hundreds upon hundreds of military funerals and services across the South Lafourche area.

But the music kept calling him; so Vhores began playing spot jobs with bands who needed a trumpet player which led him to spend several years playing with "The Rhythm Express."

For the last 15 years of his life, he played with the Terrebonne Community Band. Fittingly, he culminated 55 years of playing music with this band, when he played his final concert, a Christmas concert, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Houma, Louisiana.

Vhores is survived by his three children: Marla, Saia, Sheila Wightman, and Vhores III, from his first marriage to the former Lois Toups. He was married to the former Cindy King of Houma, Louisiana for the past 10 years and had two step daughters: Patty and Becky. He also had 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

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Dale Anthony Boudreaux

Dale Boudreaux was born on November 20, 1950, to Horace and Doris Theriot Boudreaux and has one brother, Barry and one sister, Cindy. Dale attended Westwego Elementary and Jr. High and West Jefferson High School. Around 1958-59, Dale started playing guitar at home.

Then in September of 1964, he joined, "The Majestics" whose original members were Bobby West, Don Silva, Bill Klaus, and Chip Mahl. In 1965 thru 1968, Dale joined the "Del Phi's" with Sherman Bernard, Jr. and played frat parties at Loyola and Tulane's fraternity houses. From 1969 thru 1970, Dale served in the Army and was stationed in Viet Nam. When he returned home, he joined Ronnie Boudreaux and Hector Nieves and played 3 to 4 years at the Tahiti Club in Marrero. Dale went on Bourbon Street at the 544 Club with a band called, "Cypress" with Tiny Benoit and Artie Breslin. He also played Country Western music at the Keyhole and Rogue's Gallery in Harahan. In 1975, Dale went to New Mexico and played with a Latino rock band. From New Mexico to San Francisco, Dale played with bands at coffee houses, concerts in Golden Gate Park and in Haight Asbury. On to Los Angeles, Dale joined an Elvis impersonator and played in Las Vegas. In the 1980's, during the "Urban Cowboy" era, he played piano in some of the biggest Country Western dance halls in Southern California. He also had the pleasure of backing up such greats as: The Coasters, The Drifters, The Shirelles, and the Marvelettes. In 1981, Dale spent 5 years with a band named, "Desperado" in Fontana, California.

Dale moved back to New Orleans in 1991, and toured with "Frankie & The Cruisers" and "Dean Darling & The Wanderers." From 91 thru 95, Dale played at Al Hirt Club on Bourbon Street with Bobby Lonero; backing up local celebrities like Ernie K-doe, Benny Spellman, Barbara George, and Frankie Ford. He also co-wrote a song called "Sunrise Lover" produced by Bobby Lonero and aired on WTIX radio station. In 1996, Dale played for 5 years with Harvey Jesus' dance band. Then back to Bourbon Street for a year in 2001 at the Famous Door with James Dee's Jazz Band. Dale spent the next year playing with Jimmy Prima's swing band (Louie Prima's nephew). Since then, Dale has played various venues, i.e. parties, weddings, and has traveled with R&B bands.

Dale has raised 2 daughters; Selina who lives in California, and Erica who lives in Lafayette.

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Lanny J. Boudreaux

Lanny Boudreaux was born on November 13, 1941 in Golden Meadow, Louisiana to John L. and Phelonise Rebstock Boudreaux. Lanny has one sister, Marlene Horbach.

He attended Golden Meadow High School where he played snare drums in the marching band. Lanny also was first chair snare drummer in the LSU Tiger Marching Band and the LSU ROTC Military Band and percussionist in the LSU Concert Band.

In the winter of 1956, Lanny began his professional career playing piano with, "The Mac Cheramie Band," at the Country Inn in Cut Off, Louisiana. The band members included Carl Dufrene on guitar and Mike Cuneo on trumpet and sax. In the summer of 1957, Lanny played piano with, "The Rhythm Teens" with Carl Dufrene on guitar, Tony Cheramie on drums, Mike Cuneo on sax and trumpet, Roger Cheramie on vocals, and Bob Curole on guitar and bass and later added a new drummer, Les Domaing. In 1958, "The Del Phi's" were formed. Again Lanny on piano, Mike Cuneo on sax and trumpet, Hayward 'Woody' Goodroe on baritone sax, Mike Pitre on alto and tenor sax, Carl Dufrene on guitar, Bob Curole on bass, and Les Domang on vocals and drums. They played at the Country Inn, Coleman's Dance Hall, The Galliano Inn (owned by Dudley Bernard), and the teen dances at the KC Hall in Cut Off. It was at one of these teen dances where Lanny met his wife. She was 13 and he was 16, and five years later in 1963, they married and remain married to this day. In late 1958 & 1959, Mike Pitre was replaced by Lloyd Toups on tenor sax and Vhores Trosclair's trumpet and Joe Barry's guitar and vocals were added to the band. This was the band that recorded, "Heartbroken Love" and "Greatest Moment of My Life" at Floyd Soileau's Record Shop in Ville Platte, Louisiana, and released on the JIN label.

In 1960, Lanny was a percussionist in the Baton Rouge Civic Symphony under the direction of Dr. Peter Fuchs. It was during that time, that Lanny met a guy named Bill Conti, who later became famous by writing and composing the theme songs for all the Rocky movies with Sylvester Stalone. It was also during that time period that a band called, "The Vikings" were formed; Joe Barry on vocals and guitar, Cliff Fonseca on guitar, Sherril Rivet on drums, Don Stevens on tenor sax, Lloyd Toups on tenor sax, Pat Curole on trumpet, Lanny Boudreaux on piano and Leroy Martin on bass. "The Vikings" home base dance hall was Sal's Welcome Inn in Raceland. Later on, "The Vikings" recorded at Cosmo's in New Orleans and released, "I'm A Fool To Care." With the popularity of Joe's song, "The Vikings" began playing larger clubs like: The Southern Club in Opelousas, Lee High School in Baton Rouge, backing up such greats as Jerry Lee Lewis and Roland Stone, The Joy Lounge, Dew Drop Inn, The Scorpio, and The Belvedere in Houma.

While Joe Barry was touring around the country, Lanny stayed in college and in 1963 played with a band called, "Mike & The Playboys" with Mike Cuneo, D.J. Collins, and Ebdon Barrios. It was also the year Lanny started a business with his father and later on opened up his accounting practice.

From 1964 thru 1966, while working at his own business, Lanny did spot-jobs with other musicians. It was during this time that Lanny played on Vin Bruce's recordings of "Jolle' Blonde" and "The Ballad of Jean Callais."

Lanny served in the military from 1966 to 1968 in the Viet Nam war. Upon his return home, he did a few spot- jobs with, "Mike & The Playboys." In 1971 the band was playing a banquet at Tideland Country Club in Galliano, with Ike Clanton on bass, Mike Cuneo on horns, D.J. on guitar, and Lanny on drums, when Mr. Al Hirt and his clarinet player, "PeeWee" sat in with the band. The band was in awe of these fine musicians and they really enjoyed playing with the band. Later in 1973 is when Lanny decided to quit playing music. Then in 1997, he began playing again with a band called, "The Rockin Rollin' 50's," with Harry Anselmi, Carl Dufrene, Ebdon Barrios, Mike Cuneo, Lloyd Toups, Kenneth Cheramie, Phillip Cheramie, and Bozo Jarreau.

From 2000 til the present, Lanny plays keyboard, with "The Bayou Kings" along with Phillip Cheramie on vocals and guitar, Carl Soudelier on lead guitar, Emmett Boudreaux on bass, Bozo Jarreau on drums, Lloyd Toups on sax, and Kenneth Cheramie on trumpet. "The Bayou Kings" play at PJ's Tarpon Lounge, Arte's Big Daddy's, Old Scorpio, Gaines Fest, Bridgeside Rodeo, Catfish Fest, Swamp Pop Fest in Ms., many Mardi Gras parties and private functions.

Lanny has been married to the former Geraldine Mitchell for the last 43 years and have raised 2 daughters of their own, Natalie Jennings and Lana Rodrigue and an adopted son, Karl Hornbach. They have four grandchildren and still reside in Golden Meadow.

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Michael Allen Cuneo, Sr.

Michael Cuneo was born in Golden Meadow, Louisiana, on December 31, 1940; the oldest of 3 children to John J. and Stella Boudreaux Cuneo. He has a younger brother, Danny and Philip who is deceased. He was raised in the Golden Meadow, Galliano, and Larose areas. Michael graduated in 1958 from Golden Meadow High School and received a music scholarship to Nicholls State University.

Michael has been a professional musician for over 47 years, playing both trumpet and tenor saxophone. He started playing professionally in 1957 with such greats as, "Vin Bruce and the Acadians," "Mac Cheramie's Band," and the "Dudley Bernard Band." From there he played and recorded on the JIN record label with "Joe Barry and the Del Phi Band." From 1961 - 63, Mike played with Louis Beaux, and Sherill Rivet in the "Ed Barker Band." From then til 1971, he formed, "Mike & The Playboys Band" and at a Spring dance in 1971 at Tideland Golf & Country Club; famous trumpeter, Al Hirt, along with Pee Wee Spitilara sat in with the band. Then thru 1980 he played and recorded on the Houma & Bayou Country labels with the "Dufrene Brothers Band." In 1983, Mike played with a band called, "Rockin'& Rollin' Fifties Band" which later became and is still, "The Bayou Kings." Occasionally he plays with the, "LA Rose Band" with his brother-in-law, Carl Dufrene.

During Michael's musical career, he has also co-composed with the late Wilcliff Guidry Jr., the *Theme from the Vieux Carre" which was recorded on the Houma label. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. He composed the song and lyrics to "I Dream No More," which was the first 45rpm recording by Harry Anselmi. He is the founder of the Bayou Country Record Co. label and Bayou Country Productions Music Publishing. He produced and published record album of "The Dufrene Brothers" entitled, "Live at East Park" and a record album of Emmanuel J. Toups entitled, "Laughing Cajun from Bayou Lafourche." In 1983, his record label released a local radio hit by Eldrige Anselmi, a Country and Western song named, "As Long as There's a Barroom" nationwide, through Nashville, Tennessee, with record distributor and promoter, Mike White. Under the Bayou Country label he has released numerous local talents such as: Les Domangue, Mike Collins, Pat Salvador, The Dufrene Brothers, Eldrige Anselmi, Emanuel Toups, Ernest Theriot, and Danny Cuneo.

Michael Cuneo has performed in almost every VFW, American Legion, KC, Civic Center, Community Center, Youth Center, and Auditorium, in Lafourche Parish; along with numerous night clubs and dance halls. Also most annual festivals in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes. Not to mention the Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo, Redflish and Speckeled Trout Rodeos. He also performed on the New Orleans area at the Southern Yacht Club, Mo's Chalet, The American Legion Hall in Metairie, the VFW in Westwego, the Four Columns in Harvey and even at the Blue Room of the Fairmont Hotel.

Michael and his wife Carolyn Dufrene Cuneo reside in Larose, Louisiana, and have been married for 45 years. They have raised 3 children: Gwendolyn C. Theriot, Jacqueline C. Chouest and Michael Cuneo, Jr. and have six grandchildren: Leon, Les, Regan, Hanna, Nicholas, and Jacob.

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Gary Danos a/k/a "Gary Dee"

Gary Danos was born on May 12, 1942 in Westwego to Adam and Esther Falgout Danos. Gary has one brother, Chuck, and 3 sisters, Dolly, Patsy, and Kathy. He attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic School, Westwego Jr. High and West Jefferson High School.

During Gary's 45 years of singing and playing drums, he has played with such groups as: "Mint Julip," with Ray Freeman, Wayne Morice, Donnie and Brenda Smith, the "Jolly Boys," the "Delta Showman," the "Louisiana Showman," the "Rubber Band Band," with Don Stelly and Mel Oliver, recording artist Marion Marcott, Jimmy Trahan, Billy Nord, the "Hot Sauce Express," with Ernie Wilkins, "Jules Gaspard's Country Classics," the "Rhythm Kings," with Gerald Babin, "Salt & Pepper," with Grits Ramagos, the "Cliff Fonseca Express," and "Lil' Gary Dee Show Group," which included, Gary on drums and vocals, Mel Oliver on lead guitar, Don Stelly on bass, Billy Nord on steel, Little Johnny Foster on guitar, Ray Freeman on keyboard, Ricky Hanks on saxophone, Frank Morton on saxophone, and Lil' Gary Dee on vocals.

Gary performed in most places on the Westbank like: the Scorpio, the Fireman's Hall, Moulin Rouge, My Fathers Junkyard, Stagecoach, 509 Club, Country Swing, Canal Bank Inn, Swamp Inn, American Legion Hall, Moose Lodge, and on the Eastbank at: Club Sands, the Warehouse, and Papa Joe's on Bourbon Street. He even played on TV every Saturday morning on Channel 26 with the Wego Country Opera.

Gary and his wife of 45 years, Patsy Knight Danos, live in Waggaman, Louisiana, and have raised a daughter, Tammy and a son, Lil Gary Dee. They also have four grand children and three great-grand children.

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Landry Joseph "Bozo" Dufrene, Jr.

Born on February 26, 1943, to Landry Joseph Sr. and Flowney Camardelle Landry, Landry Dufrene, Jr. and has one brother, Frank, and three sisters: Ethel, Esther, and Cinda. Landry was raised in Westwego and attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic School.

Landry has been singing and playing rhythm guitar for over 35 years. Some of the bands he's played with are: the "Country Classics" with Speedy Courteaux and "The Champagne Brothers" consisting of Leroy, Clifton, Larry and Donald Champagne, along with Nolan Dufrene, Jerry Chaisson, and Steve Calgagno.

Some of the places he has played are: the Swamp Inn, Fireman's Hall, Young Men's Business Club, Westwego Civic Center, The Round House, the V. F. W., American Legion, and Moose Lodge for private parties, weddings, and political rallies.

For the past 30 years, Landry has been singing and playing Christian and Gospel music. He has been affiliated with the Boutte Assembly of God Church, the Marrero Assembly of God during that time. Landry has been a Pastor for the last 21 years. For the last 17 years, he has been Pastor of the Lafitte Miracle Assembly of God Church.

Landry and his wife of 43 years, Gloria Barrilleaux, live in Lafitte, Louisiana, and have raised three children: Ronnie, Landry, and Cheryl and have been blessed with nine grandchildren.

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Emmett Joseph Encardes, Sr.

Emmett was born on April 13th 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Frank and U11a Encardes. The family lived on Elysian Fields and St. Claude Avenues. He played trumpet in the band while attending Annunciation Grammar School from which he graduated in 1945. After moving to Phillip and St. Thomas Streets, Emmett attended St. Aloysius High School located at Esplanade and North Rampart Street, where he also played in the school band. He graduated in 1950.

In 1951, Emmett married Jane Orgeron and in 1953 they moved to Avenue B in Westwego where they raised four children.

Emmett has played trumpet and drums from 1944 to 2003; the last 59 years. At one time, Emmett had his own Dixieland band as well as playing with Danny Powell, Red LeBlanc, The Dixiecats, Chief Rainwater, The Chiffons, The Majestics, The Twilights, The Rhythm Masters, The Country Classics, The Westwego Civic Assn., House Band, Anything Goes, The Kool Knights from the Knights of Columbus, and finally the Over The Hill Gang.

Some of the local spots Emmett has played are: the Idle Hour Inn in Ama, the Parisian Room on Bourbon Street, Camp Plauche, which was an Army Camp where Elmwood Shopping Center is today, the Chiffon Room in Chalmette, the Moonlite Inn and Big Lanes in Harvey, VFW in Harahan, the Lafitte Grill, the American Legion in Marrero, the Paradis Inn in Paradis, the Fireman's Hall, Canal Bank Inn, Wego Inn on the Hill, Kings Restaurant & Lounge, the Keyhole, the KC, VFW and American Legion Halls in Westwego, and the Garden District Carnival Club which is now extinct.

Emmett and his wife Jane of 54 years now live on West Dr. in Westwego and entertain a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Charles Ray Falcone

Charlie Falcone was born on Halloween, October 31, 1943 to Mary and Charles Falcone of Harvey, Louisiana. Charlie and his two older brothers, George and Joe (who played piano & organ) were raised on 2nd Street and attended Harvey Elementary, Marrero Jr. High, and West Jefferson High School.

His musical career started in the early 60's when a four-piece band was formed called, "The Night Hawks," which consisted of Charlie, Ronnie Boudreaux, Donald "Mutt" LeBlanc, and Donnie Richard (deceased). As time went by, some left and some came aboard. After a while the band had become much larger and it was decided to change the name to, "The Mystics." The band became popular and started playing not only for parties and weddings but several places on the Westbank like: the VFW in Westwego, Scorpio in Marrero, the Joy Lounge, Bat Cave, and Club 300 in Gretna. One of Charlie's favorite places to play was the Raven Lounge in Paradis. Considered the House-Band at that time, the band consisted of musicians like: Duane Schurb on vocal, Dennis "Bootsie" Cuquet on drums, Ralph Martinez on saxophone, Ronnie Schouest on trumpet, Ronnie Boudreaux on guitar, Dino Palmisano on guitar, and Charlie on bass. This band backed up many great artists as: Benny Spellman, Oliver "Who Shot the La La" Morgan, Ernie K Doe, Joe Barry, Roland Stone, Irma Thomas, Smiley Lewis, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, and James "Sugar Boy" Crawford, just to name a few.

His more recent band membership was with "The Memory Makers" which consisted of Larry Francis on guitar, Gary Savoie on drums, Ronnie Schouest on sax and trumpet, Rod Schouest on keyboard, and Ms. Kim Bouvier, female vocalist of the band.

Charlie has worked for the last 30 plus years for George Engine Company and Stewart & Stevenson, respectively, and has been married to his wife Brenda Morales for the last 39 years. They have raised two children Tammy and Charles Ray Jr. and the couple reside in Marrero.

Charlie indeed feels blessed in having the opportunity to play with all of the fine musicians and thanks God for his musical talents and his family who supported him through the years.

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Ronald Joseph Falgout

Ronald Joseph Falgout was born on February 3, 1947; one of 8 children, including 3 brothers and 4 sisters, to Irene and Guy Falgout. Raised in Marrero, Ronnie attended Immaculate Conception, Marrero Jr. High, and West Jefferson High Schools. Ronnie also attended Delgado College majoring in music. Inspired by his father, Ronnie started playing bass at the age of 18.

Ronnie has traveled the United States and Canada performing with such artists as: Al Rapone, Queen Ida, Ray Pillow, Ray Price, Dr. John, Ernie K Doe, Doug Kershaw, Steve Warner, Joe Krown, Brent Anderson, Allen Fontenot, The Backporch Band, and many others.

During his career, he has played such places as: the Welcome Inn, Tee Lees, The Round House, The Raven, Moulin Rouge, The Orchid Lounge, Joy Lounge, Keyhole, Tahiti Club, Silver Eagle, Fireman's Hall, and Tipitina's, to name a few.

Currently, Ronnie is playing with, "Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys," whose members include: Mike Barras, Scott Thomas, and of course, Miss Amanda Shaw. The band has played as far as Canada, Minnesota, Alabama, and Austin, Texas. They have performed numerous fairs and festivals including the French Quarter Fest and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest. The band has performed at The House of Blues and are regulars at Mid City Rock n Bowl and Ye Old College Inn; both on Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.

Ronnie has been married to Mary Alice LeBlanc for the past 38 years; they have raised one son, Chad, and still reside in Marrero.

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Larry J. Francis

Larry was born in Lafitte, Louisiana, on January 27, 1949; the adopted son of Ebest and Anna Francis. At the age of 6, Larry and his family moved to Marrero, where he attended Immaculate Conception, Marrero Jr. High, and graduated from West Jefferson High School in 1967.

His inspiration for music came from one of his classmates, the late, "Big" Johnny Thomassie, who talked him into playing guitar at the of 11.

The first band Larry was a member of was the "Diplomats." They played for weddings, private parties, and school dances.

In 1978 Larry helped to form the, "Memory Makers," with Ronnie Schouest, Rod Schouest, Charlie Falcone, Gary Savoie, and Kim Bouvier. The band played at probably every local VFW, American Legion and Lions Club for private parties, weddings, and dances. Not to mention the Old Scorpio, Fireman's Hall, Orchid Lounge, Lafitte Grill, and many, many, other places on the Westbank.

Married 21 years to his first wife, Marilyn, Larry has one son, Shawn and one daughter Tanya.

Presently, Larry resides in Bogalusa, Louisiana, with his wife, Cindy Arcement, of 11 years. He continues his music with a one-man band, playing the oldies and swamp-pop favorites for his family and friends.

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Dwight Anthony Galiano, Sr.

Dwight Galiano was born on March 30,1961 to James R. and Clarabelle Mars Galiano. Dwight has a sister, Judy Troxler, and a brother, Allan who is deceased. A life-long resident of Westwego, Louisiana, Dwight attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Archbishop Shaw, and graduated from West Jefferson High School in 1979.

At the age of nine, he started playing drums in the 4th grade at Our Lady of Prompt Succor School. In the 7th & 8th grade year at OLPS, the band, under the direction of Henry LeBlanc, was involved in many musical activities. He performed with the school choir as the "drummer boy" on the Midday Show and also played at the Governor's Mansion for Gov. Edwin Edwards. In 8th grade, Dwight was the drum-major, and the band won 1st place in the Poseidon parade beating out all the local high school bands.

Some of the first bands Dwight played with were the "Kool Knights," with the KC Council 3091 in Westwego. Some of the members of this Dixieland style band were: Dan Ory, Nat Moldison, Bob Lester, Gerry Ford, Ohmer Besse, and Dwight's father, James "Jimmy" Galiano; plus many more who came and went during the years.

Dwight played with C.J. Chaisson and his brother forming a three piece country band. They weren't even teenagers and they were playing wedding receptions, dances, and parties. Their dads had to go set them up because they were so young. He also played gigs with Julius and Wendel Laurent and his cousin, Alfred "Bo" Ledet.

In 1984, Dwight played with a group called, "Mahogany," which played oldies and pop music. The band consisted of Steve and Bonnie Abadie, Mike Stansberry, Bobby Bonvillain, and Bo Ledet.

While playing music and working at Continental Grain Co., he met Wilson Touchet, who is a Cajun accordionist. Wilson asked him to try playing Cajun music and he did. From there he started playing gigs with Perre Descant's Cajun Band and did that for a few years. During that time he had the opportunity to meet one of his distant cousins, Don Duet, also an accordionist. He started playing with Don and in 1991 recorded his first cassette album with "Don Duet and the Cajun Pals," who consisted of Claudia Wood and Gina Forsythe. From that point on, Dwight was playing Cajun Music full-time and met Kermit Venable, another Cajun accordionist. It was then he recorded his 2nd album with Kermit and Beau Bassin Band, which included: Bo Ledet, Kermit Venable, Johnno Fishburg, and "Papillon" playing washboard and triangle.

Dwight still plays today with the Beau Bassin Band. This band has played 3 cruises on the Carribean, has opened for Bob Dylan at the Hurricane Relief Concert in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Gulf Coast Coliseum, the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the Republican Presidential Convention, and Destrehan Plantation. Dwight has also played for the last 19 years at Michaul's Cajun Music Restaurant in New Orleans and still plays regularly at Mulate's and Ye Old College Inn Restaurants, and occasionally sits in with Bruce Daigrepont's band.

Dwight has been employed with Jefferson Parish Parks and Recreation Department since 1989 and still plays music 3 to 4 nights a week.

Dwight has been married to Andrea "Andy" Tabor for the last 21 years and have raised 2 boys: Dwight Jr. and Clint James; and still resides in Westwego.

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Calvin Joseph Gaudin, Jr.

Calvin Gaudin, Jr. was born in Marrero, Louisiana on March 20, 1950 to Calvin, Sr. and Evelyn Pertuit Gaudin. Calvin has one sister, Sandra Gaudin. After the family moved to Gretna, Calvin attended Gretna Elementary #1, Gretna Park Elementary, Gretna Jr. High, George Cox, and West Jefferson High Schools.

He first started playing music around the age of 14. He wanted a set of drums for Christmas, but his mother bought him a guitar instead because the guitar was less noisy. But Calvin turned right around and returned the guitar to the music store and bought a set of drums anyway and has been playing them ever since.

He has played with many different bands over the years; some were steady and some were just sit-in's. Calvin has performed with such bands as: The Epics, The Majestics, Wild Honey, The New Orleans Levee Board, which was the Round Table's house band, and the Tahiti Club house band.

He has probably played just about every nightclub and dance hall on the Westbank; places like: Tahiti Club, The Round Table, Crow's Nest, Fireman's Hall, Canal Bank Inn, Down's Lounge in Metairie, Papa Joe's on Bourbon Street, and The Bayou Barn in Crown Point.

Since 1989, Calvin has been playing with Cajun Music with "LaTouche's Cajun Band." Besides playing at Michaul's and Mulate's Restaurants in New Orleans, Calvin has been fortunate enough to have traveled twice to Glascow, Scotland playing for the Celtic Connection Music Festival. The band has also played for Cajun festivals in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alabama, and Kentucky.

Calvin and his wife of 32 years, Cheryl Elliot Gaudin, live in Lafitte, Louisiana, and have raised two daughters, Alicia and Lauren.

Music hasn't been his only means of support through the years; Calvin has been an employee of Avondale Shipyards since 1976. However, music is where his heart is and he loves playing music. He is not ready to retire his drum sticks yet.

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Raymond "Smokey" Hartman

"Smokey" was born in Springfield, Louisiana, on August 7,1930 to Henry and Ida Dufrene Hartman; the youngest of 2 girls and 5 boys. The Family moved to Westwego in 1935; where "Smokey" attended Ames Elementary and Delgado Trade School.

At the age of 14, playing guitar, "Smokey" joined the "Melody Roundup Boys," led by Frank Brignac II. From the front porches of Meyers Lane in Marrero, the band took the stage at the Moulin Rouge on Palm Sunday in 1944. Some of the most valuable advice given to "Smokey" was from Smitty Eskine during those front porch jam sessions. Members included, "Smokey," Frank Brignac, Snooks Blank, Floyd Childres, Flo Smith, Charles Smith, and the late, Dub "Cannonball" Taylor. One of the earliest regular gigs for the "Melody Roundup Boys" was playing in between films shown at the Old Tower Theatre on Huey P. Long Avenue in Gretna. At its peak, the "Melody Roundup Boys" played five nights a week and had a half-hour live show four days a week at WJBW AM radio on Canal Street in New Orleans. Around 1952, the band broke up because after hearing Elvis' rock n' roll songs; not too many people were interested in hillbilly music.

After "Melody Roundup Boys," "Smokey" played with "Alan Parks and the "Merry Makers," "Jerry Fountain and the Trustees," the "Lafourche Cajun Band," "The Bayou Barn Boogie Band," and the "Hot Sauce Cajun Band."

Some of the nightclubs where "Smokey" performed were: the Moulin Rouge, 509 Club in Algiers, Happy Cajun Lounge in Buras, Bayou Barn in Crown Point, Fireman's Hall, Rose Room, Last Round Up, and is presently today playing 3 nights a week at Michaul's Cajun Restaurant on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

"Smokey" has also traveled to South Korea to entertain our American troops. Traveling with Tony Ting and the Bayou Boogie Band, he made two trips in 2001, two in 2002, and one in January of 2003. Our "Cajun Fiddler" received a MORALE, WELFARE AND RECREATION PLAQUE from the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea.

"Smokey" retired from Jefferson Parish Eastbank Water Works as an instrument maintenance technician. He has been married to the former Shirley Savoie for the last 56 years and have raised 3 children: Darrell, Sandra, and Randu. They have one granddaughter and one grandson and still reside in Westwego.

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Chester Daniel "Danny" Hebert, Jr.

Danny Hebert was born in New Orleans on November 23, 1947 to Chester Sr. and Mary DeRose Hebert and has one sister, Bonnie Pepitone. Raised in the 9th ward in Chalmette, Danny attended St. Maurice School and Chalmette High School. Danny moved to the Westbank in 1968.

He has been playing guitar and singing for the past 45 years. His first band, "The Nite Hawks" from 1960 til 1962 included: Johnny Vindigni, Harry Ravain, and Eddie Fresh. In 1965, Danny recorded two singles while with the band, "Danny and The Nobles" which were "Treat Me Like You Do" and "The Only One For Me." Danny stayed with "The Nobles" til 1967. Then from 1968 thru 1969 he played on Bourbon Street at the Ivanhoe with, "The Jackson Brewin' Company." Then to the Westbank at the Cellar Club with the, "Madd Capps," from 1970 til 1971. From 1971 til 1975, Danny played at The Round Table with the original "New Orleans Levee Board." Across the highway to Down The Hatch, where Danny played from 1975 til 1977 with, "Ragg Mopp." He also played with "Shear Magic" at the Fat Cat Club. The last few years Danny has been playing with "Clean Sweep" from the Celebrity Club, Jeager's (by the lake), and Caddy Shack. In between the Celebrity Club and Caddy Shack, around 1991 & 1992, Danny spent some time on Bourbon Street at Jelly Roll's with the "New Orleans Levee Board" big band.

More recently, Danny is playing back on Bourbon Street at The Rock, owned and operated by Billy Fayard, with the band, "New Orleans Levee Board."

The Chalmette "Thrush" has surely paid his musical dues on the Westbank for the last 37 years and is one of our favorite entertainers.

Danny has raised four sons: Chet, D.J., Steven, and Frankie; one daughter, Melissa. He as his wife Lisa reside in Maplewood in Harvey.

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O'Neil Edgar Hebert, Jr.

0'Neil Edgar "Killer" Hebert, Jr. was born in Westwego on July 2, 1944 to Agnes and 0'Neil Hebert, Sr. He attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor School, Westwego Jr. High, and West Jefferson High School.

O'Neil has been a musician for 40 years, playing guitar and bass. Some of the bands he has had the pleasure of playing with are: The Chevelles, The Deacons, The Duralls, The Boogie Kings, Wild Honey, Rhythm Kings, The Dufrene Brothers, Wayne Foret and the Rockin'50's, in Joe Carl's band and in Joe Barry's band.

Some of the nightclubs O'Neil performed in were: in Marrero at the Scorpio, the Junkyard, the Royalty Room; in Gretna at the Suburban and Fat Cat; in Harvey at Mel's Villa; in Raceland at the Welcome Inn; in Paradis at Tee Lee's; and in Thibodaux at the College Inn.

O'Neil still resides in Westwego and has raised two daughters, one son, and also has four granddaughters.

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Thomas Joseph LeBlanc a/k/a "Bit T"

Tommy LeBlanc was born in New Orleans on February 17,1951 to Henry Sr. and Helen Babin LeBlanc. Tommy has one brother Henry, and three sisters, Bonnie and Darlene LeBlanc, and Barbara LeBlanc Gillespie.

Tommy was raised in Westwego and attended Westwego Elementary, Vic A. Pitre, Stella Worley, Westwego Jr. High, West Jefferson High School, and Delgado Jr. College.

For the past 35 years, Tommy has played bass guitar, lead guitar and some keyboard. Tommy started playing with "The Swinging Five," which included his brother Henry and father Henry J. LeBlanc Sr. He has played with such groups as: "The Star Lights," "Southern Comfort," "Skeeter's Swamp Pop Band," "Gold," "The Spare Tire Band," and "The LeBlanc Brothers Band."

Tommy has played in most of the VFW, American Legion, KC halls, and local clubs on the East and West bank of the New Orleans metro area; also in the French Quarter and on Bourbon Street. He has worked at the Bellemont Hotel in Baton Rouge and for Carnival Cruise Lines aboard the S.S. Celebration.

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Nelson Charles St. Germain, Jr.

Nelson St. Germain was born on December 8,1944, one of seven children to the late Nelson C. St. Germain, Sr. and the late Mary LaBruzza St. Germain of Gretna.

He attended Ames Elementary, St Joseph the Worker, Marrero Jr. High, and graduated from West Jefferson High School in 1962. After high school, he served six years in the Louisiana National Guard.

Nelson started his musical career at the age of eight, when his parents would go dancing at the Gay Paris Lounge on 4th Street in Marrero. They would bring Nelson along and put him on stage to sing.

In the summer of 1962, with Nelson as lead singer, along with Ronnie Falgout, Ronnie Landry, Joe Gidise, and the late Nicky Boudean, "The Happy Lads" were formed. They played at the Ideal Club in Paradis, and the Round House in Luling. They also played for the Immaculata CYO and Fisher High School dances. In addition to many dances and weddings, "The Happy Lads" played many pool parties given by the Studio Arms Apartments. Later, Nelson helped form anther band called "The Embers," that played all over the Westbank. Nelson also enjoyed singing with Greg Noble's band at the Stardust Lounge in Metairie and at Willie Pep's Lounge in New Orleans. In 1980, he and his friends, Zu Carpenter, Gordon Carbo, Glenn Faust, Dave Adams, and the late Rudy Tauzin, for the group, "Riverside." Later, the band took on new members such as, Eddie Hynes and the late James Jackel from "The Esquires." "Riverside" played from Pontchatoula to Thibodaux. They also played for Poseidon Carnival Club's parade parties and in many other Westbank parades. Nelson has sung with hundreds of musicians during his 43 years in music; many of whom are in the Hall of Fame.

Nelson has been married to Amy Jo McKee for 40 years. They have lived in Gretna for 30 years. They have two daughters: Tracey Graffeo and Kelley LaBove, and a son: Stephen St. Germain, who plays guitar and writes music. They also have eight grandchildren. Nelson has been employed by Boomtown Casino as a Floor Supervisor for the past eleven years.

Nelson is now in the process of building his own music float, so that he can resume singing in the Carnival parades for 2006.

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Gary Savoie

Mr. Hilbert J. and Ezar Josephine Marie Hebert lived in Houma with their three sons and three daughters. Then around 1938 they moved to New Orleans where the last boy, Gary Savoie, was born on January 18, 1939. While living in New Orleans Gary attended E.R. Crossman and McDonogh 28 schools. In 1954 the family moved to Westwego, where Gary finished school at Westwego High.

Gary started his musical career at the age of 15 when in 1954 he played with Nolan Savoie's Delta Playboys.

Gary has been a drummer for the last 50 plus years. From 1954 thru 1965 he played drums on a steady basis. Then from 1965 till the present time, Gary has had spot-jobs with different bands.

Some of the bands he's played with are: Dudley Vicknair and the Blackwater Trio, George Bellamore's Jazz Group, Charlie Vanada's Country Western Band, Carroll Boudreaux's Nite Owls & Dynatones, Joe Rodriguez's R&B Group, "Boo" Hargis' band, Joe Barry's band, and Ronnie Schouest's Memory Makers.

Gary has played all over the Westbank, from the Algiers Naval Officer's Club, to Bridge City at the Pecan Grove and Hank's Place, to Belle Chasse at the Naval Officer's Club, Chuck's Bar, the Seatrain Bar and the Belle Chasse High Gym, to Chauvin at the Blue Goose Dance Hall, to Des Allemands at the Ideal Club, to Gretna at the Gretna High Gym, the Joy Lounge, the Billionaire Club, Nelson's, Willie's and the Matticard Lounge, to Houma at Bonvillain's, to Lafitte at Big John's Little Beer Parlor, Pizani's Place, Mitch's Place, Lafitte Grill, and Kerner School Gym, and in Raceland at the Welcome Inn and T Man's. Not to exclude the Eastbank, Gary also played at Bobby Lonero's Watermelon Place in New Orleans, in Metairie at Club Alibi, in Lutcher at Des Roches' Supper Club, and in the Baton Rouge/Port Allen area, the Carousel Lounge.

There's been an enormous amount of private parties, dances, and weddings held at every VFW, Lions Club and American Legion Hall on both sides of the Mississippi River, that Gary has played.

Gary recently retired in 2004 from the Commercial Diving Industry but still is an active consultant in the offshore oil field salvage business. Gary and his wife, Emily Bryant, of 40 years now reside in Luling, Louisiana, and have raised three daughters, one son (deceased) and have nine grandchildren.

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Rod J. Schouest a/k/a "Rockin Rod"

Rod Schouest was born in Marrero to Ronald and Marie Schouest on April 4, 1964 and has one brother, Ronnie Jr. Raised in Marrero, Rod attended Immaculate Conception, John Ehret High School, and Delgado Community College.

Rod has been a musician for the last 25 years playing keyboard, bass, drums, and saxophone. He has played with, "The Memory Makers," "Rockin'Rod & The Youngbloods," "Rockin'Rod & The R&B Express," "Deep Water," "Gypsy Savage," "Rainstreet," "Accent," "Riverside," "Fifth Avenue," and "Alley Cats." Rod has also had the pleasure of backing up such artists as: Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Frankie Ford, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Ernie K Doe, Jean Knight, The Diamonds, The Coasters, Martha and the Vandellas, just to name a few.

Rod has played in such venues as: Casino Magic, Boomtown, Treasure Chest, Treasure Bay, and Bally's Casinos, George's Bar, The Old Scorpio, The Bengal, Amberjack's, Barts on the Lake, Legends, Mel's Villa, The Fat Cat, The Famous Door, Rhythms, and the Fireman's Hall.

Rod has been employed at the Gretna Courthouse in the Civil Department for the last 23 years and he and his wife, Belinda Benoit Schouest, and their two children: Stephanie and Rod, reside in Westwego, Louisiana.

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Ronald Joseph Schouest a/k/a "Rockin Ron"

Ronnie Schouest was born in Marrero, Louisiana on Eiseman St. on January 8, 1939 to Josephine Rotolo and Joseph Schouest and had one older sister, Alice. Ronnie attended Ames Elementary, Marrero Jr. High, West Jefferson High School, and Delgado Community College.

Ronnie has played trumpet for 50 years, not only playing in Jr. high, and high school, he also played for four years, from 1961 thru March 1965 while in the Army. He has also played the saxophone for 27 years.

The first band Ronnie played with was the, "Dynatones," that played at Hank's in Bridge City. Band members were: Carroll Boudreaux on bass, Louis Henry on sax, Gary Savoie on drums, Elmo Des Roches on guitar, Ronnie on trumpet, and C.J. Loup on vocal. In 1955, Ronnie joined the "Mystics." The band included Ralph Martinez on sax, "Bootsie" Cuquet on drums, Ray Chaisson on keyboard, Carroll Boudreaux on bass, and later came Charlie Falcone on bass, Ronnie Boudreaux and Dino Palmisano on lead guitar (at different times), Ronnie on trumpet, and Duane Schurb on vocal, Then from 1958 thru 1961 came "Duane Schurb and the Schurbettes." Ronnie still on trumpet, "Midge" Terminie on drums, Louis Henry on sax, Elmo on lead guitar, and Carroll Boudreaux on bass.

From 1978 til the late 80's, Ronnie lead the band called the "Memory Makers," where Ronnie played trumpet and sax, Gary Savoie on drums, Larry Francis on lead guitar, Charlie Falcone on bass, Ronnie's son Rod on keyboard, and Kim Bouvier on vocal.

Ronnie has played many VFW, American Legion, and Lions Club for weddings, parties, and dances; including places like: the Raven, Welcome Inn, Belvedere, College Inn, Sands, Orchid Lounge, Scorpio, Fireman's Hall, and Lafitte Grill, just to name a few.

Ronnie and his wife Marie, of 43 years, have raised two children: Ronnie, Jr. and Rod, and have 2 grandchildren: Rod Anthony and Ronnie III. The couple reside in Marrero.

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Gary Paul Thibodaux a/k/a "Gary T"

Gary Thibodaux was born on July 14,1955, in Raceland, Louisiana, the youngest child, including two brothers: Essey J., and Hilary; one sister, Mona, to Essay and Pearlie Thibodaux. Gary was raised in Lockport, Louisiana, and attended Lockport Jr. High and graduated from Central Lafourche High School in Mathews, Louisiana.

Proficient on keyboard, lead guitar, and lead vocals for the past 39 years plus, Gary started playing in his first band, "Psychedelic Soul" at the age of eleven.

During his musical career, he has played with: Cajun Brass, Rhythm Kings, Southern Breeze, Deuce of Hearts, and at present, his own band, "Gary T." He has played in Golden Meadow at P.J.'s Fed Pond, in French Settlement at Canal Bank, in Houma at the Ramada Inn, in Thibodaux at the Congo Lounge, in Marrero at the Moulin Rouge, Old Scorpio, and Say Say Lounge, and in Westwego at the Mona Lisa, just to name a few.

Gary also worked as a welder and fitter for years at Bollinger Shipyards and other chemical plants along Bayou Lafourche to support his wife of 30 years, Cindy Sapia Thibodaux, and their son Travis Paul Thibodaux.

In 1977, Gary wrote and released two singles which all us "swamp poppers" are familiar with named "Be Only Mine" and "No More Loneliness;" which were very popular locally. As Gary's son Travis grew to the age of 7, he became quite the little drummer; it was only natural that they team up. And this duo became the, "Deuce of Hearts." Gary and Travis played together for 12 years and were quite popular in Southeast Louisiana. During that time, Gary and Travis wrote many of their own songs, and in 1995, their first CD, "Oh! What A Night" was released. Then came "Long Overdue," "Hearts on Fire," and "Best of the Deuce of Hearts." Now Gary has his own band named, "Gary T." and has a CD out called, "Blue Darlin" and is working on another; which should be released soon.

Gary and Cindy still reside in Lockport and are now entertained by their grandson, Bailey Paul Thibodaux, who also plays drums; must be in the genes.

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James Adam Trahan

Jimmy Trahan was born in Bayou Little Calliou South of Houma, Louisiana, on July 14, 1938, the youngest child, including one sister, Allie, and one brother, Allen, to Vince' and James Joseph Trahan. At the age of 14, Jimmy had to quit school to work with his father on their shrimp boat. While working on the boat, Jimmy bought his first guitar and book and learned to play. He used to sit in and sing with, "Charles and The Jolly Troubadours" from Grand Calliou and with this band he got his first paying job. Charles played steel guitar and naturally Jimmy fell in love with the sound. When Charles retired from the band, Jimmy bought the trailer and the PA system and started his own band called, "The Country Troubadours." They played in the Houma area and did a live show on Sundays, on radio station KCIL.

In 1959, Jimmy moved to Westwego and married Mary Ann Richoux and raised 3 girls: Sherry, Tammy, and Tina. In 1961, Jimmy was drafted into the Army and spent 18 months in Munich, Germany, where he played and sang on the "European Hayride."

In 1963, when Jimmy returned from overseas, he started working the Westbank with a band called, "Dinky & The Jolly Boys." He played at the Swamp Inn, with Andy Valence on drums, and Melvin Gros on guitar and vocal. He also played at clubs on the Westbank like: the Keyhole, Fireman's Hall, Joy Lounge, Silver Eagle, Sunrise Inn in Crown Point, Nick's Place in Marrero with Johnny Savoie, Raymond Pellegrin, and "Dinky" Eugene Bardaff. In his spare time, Jimmy wrote funny Cajun songs like: "Cayette a C'Vea," written for Cliff Fonseca. On Houma Records Jimmy recorded, "La Poule'Ayae" (The Chicken Coop), also "Jai Laisser Mon Coeur" (I Left My Heart), one of Vin Bruce's old songs. The next song was "Tapas Voler Ma Femme" (You Didn't Steal My Wife) and the flip side was "Couilloneur De Couillon " (Fooler of Fools). Jimmy also recorded English songs as, "Merry Christmas Little Sherry" and "Rudolph Got Lost in Louisiana." Jimmy also has his own recording label named Antika Records, and recorded a few French songs like, "T. Joe" and Knock Three Times," plus more. Floyd Soileau of Swallow Records, picked up "Knock Three Times," and "All I Have To Offer You Is Me." In his career, Jimmy has recorded 9 singles and an 18 song CD named, 'Jim Trahan Sings Bayou Cajun.'

In 1987, Jimmy married Mary Margaret Brown and raised one son, James.

Presently, he plays a single neck Sho Bud, with a modified midi full stereo and plays with, "Jules Gaspard and The Country Classics" band.

Jimmy currently resides in Carriere, Mississippi with his son, James.

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