In Memoriam

We've lost some of our most beloved musicians and other friends who've shared and contributed richness to the musical tapestry of New Orleans and the world. Please join us in remembering their songs and their spirits. Use the "Comments" section below to add your own tributes to anyone we've missed.

  Ellis MarsalisArt Neville | Dave Bartholomew | Dr. John

Fats Domino | Pete Fountain | Allen Toussaint 
 

 

In Memoriam: George Wein

Mon, 09/13/21
George Wein, founder of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival, died Monday, September 13, 2021 at the age of 95. Wein has long been regarded as a true visionary and pioneer of the modern festival. Wein was born and r... Read more

In Memoriam: Bennie Pete

Tue, 09/07/21
Bennie Pete, sousaphone player and Hot 8 Brass Band co-founder, died on Monday, September 6, 2021 at New Orleans East Hospital of complications of sarcoidosis and covid-19. He was 45. Pete was respected by everyone in the New Orleans community and was well-known for his ge... Read more

In Memoriam: Carol Fran

Sat, 09/04/21
Blues singer and pianist Carol Fran died September 1, 2021 at the age of 87. Her distinctive voice and piano-playing style afforded her a musical career spanning more than six decades. Fran was associated with Excello Records and the “swamp blues” genre, characterized by a ... Read more

In Memoriam: J.D. Hill

Mon, 08/16/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans musician J.D. Hill died of cancer at the age of 65 on August 8, 2021. Hill was a harmonica player and vocalist who loved to play and was known for his willingness to share the stage with anybody, as long as they had the groove. Hill was born on November 8, 1955... Read more

In Memoriam: Norman Batiste

Sun, 08/15/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
Norman Batiste, a member of the famous New Orleans Batiste family, has died. On Thursday, August 12, his family and friends celebrated his life with prayer and song in Treme. WWOZ was there to capture some of the commemoration. Dr. Brice Miller on the passing of Norman Bat... Read more

In Memoriam: Charles "Action" Jackson

Sun, 08/08/21
Charles "Action" Jackson has become an ancestor at the age of 59. Action was a beloved long-time WWOZ show host best known for his work on Takin' It To The Streets, WWOZ's multi-platform program celebrating New Orleans' social aid & pleasure clubs, second lines, Black Maski... Read more

In Memoriam: Ike Stubblefield

Mon, 06/21/21
Hammond B3 virtuoso Ike Stubblefield has died at the age of 69, at his home in Georgia. He was a music industry legend with more than 50 years in the business.  Stubblefield began his career in the late 1960s, playing keys for Motown artists like the Four Tops, Martha Reev... Read more

In Memoriam: Lloyd Price

Tue, 05/11/21
R&B vocalist Lloyd Price died May 3, 2021 at the age of 88 due to complications of diabetes. Price was a part of the New Orleans R&B/rock'n'roll revolution in the early 1950s. His first recording, 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy,' was a hit for Specialty Records in 1952. It topped the ... Read more

Tribute shows for Ron Phillips and Suzanne Corley to air Saturday

Fri, 05/07/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
On Saturday, May 8, from 10am to 12pm CT, WWOZ will host an on-air memorial tribute to volunteer show host Ron Phillips, who died on April 27. Ron had been with WWOZ for almost ten years, most recently as the host of the Saturday morning show Weekend New Orleans. Many WWOZ ... Read more

In Memoriam: Ron Phillips

Thu, 04/29/21
It is with great sadness that we share more hard news with you this week. Longtime WWOZ show host Ron Phillips has passed, suddenly. On Tuesday, he enjoyed an evening out with friends and had a wonderful time, and when he returned home he had a sudden heart attack and died.... Read more

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