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: 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

In Memoriam: Suzanne Corley

Tue, 04/27/21
It is with great sadness that we share the news that longtime WWOZ show host Suzanne Corley has passed, at 52. She had been part of the WWOZ family since 2002, and over the last decade was the host of the World Journey and Tudo Bem shows on Saturdays, and for many years was... Read more

In Memoriam: "Miss Teen" Augustine Germaine Lewis

Wed, 04/07/21
In 2017, the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame collaborated with WWOZ to record an oral history with "Miss Teen" (Augustine Germaine Lewis), who was Spy Girl with the Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans in the 1940s and 1950s. Miss Teen passed in March 2021. Here are so... Read more

Video: Big Chief Dump with Young Maasai Hunters 2018

Tue, 03/30/21
Big Chief Dump (Keelian Boyd, Sr.) died Sunday of heart failure. He was 37. In 2018, WWOZ was on hand as he stepped out as Big Chief with his own tribe, Young Maasai Hunters, for the first time. WWOZ sends our best wishes to his family and friends at this difficult time. Read more

In Memoriam: Louis Holmes

Mon, 03/15/21
We fondly remember longtime WWOZ volunteer and Morgan City native Louis Thornberry Holmes III, who passed away on his birthday, February 19, 2021. A Northwestern Louisiana University grad and a Navy submarine veteran, Louis was always ready and willing to help the station w... Read more

2020 In Memoriams

Fri, 01/01/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans lost many great artists and culture bearers in 2020. With smaller funerals, no second-lining, and no traditional sendoffs, it has been very difficult for the community. Today, during Festing in Place: Happy New Year from New Orleans, we'll be airing a memorial s... Read more

Video: Katie Ray's second line and send-off

Mon, 11/16/20
A few weeks ago, WWOZ's video director happened upon friends and family celebrating the life of New Orleans artist Katie Ray with her second line and sendoff on the levee at the End of the World in the Bywater. RIP Katie Ray. Read more

Interview: Scully Well of Uptown Swingers

Wed, 11/11/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson gets on the phone with Scully Well of the Uptown Swingers. This is one of the most emotional and passionate Takin' It To The Streets interviews to date as Scully discusses the recent passing of Uptown Swingers president ... Read more

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