Sunday, September 11, 2005

Rest in Peace


'Gatemouth' Brown dies Sunday
Sunday, 11:55 a.m.

Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, a Louisiana-born musician whose versatile style blended blues, country, jazz and Cajun music, died Sunday in Orange, Tex., after evacuating there from Slidell to escape Hurricane Katrina. He was 81.

Brown, whose Slidell home was destroyed by the storm, had been battling emphysema, lung cancer and heart disease.

Brown was born in southwest Louisiana and raised in southeast Texas. He got his start as a drummer and made a name for himself as a guitarist, playing in Houston nightclubs.

A multi-talented performer, he played at least six different instruments and had recorded with a number of well-known artists over his lifetime, including Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder and Bonnie Raitt.

Over the course of his more than 50-year career, he made more than 30 recordings, showcasing his adaptable style, and went on to win a Grammy award in 1982.

Despite failing health, Brown made a final appearance at Jazzfest in April.

His survivors include three daughters and a son.


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