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.

Art Neville | Dave Bartholomew | Dr. John

Fats Domino | Pete Fountain | Allen Toussaint 
 

 

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

In Memoriam: Rev. John Wilkins

Tue, 10/06/20
Memphis-based gospel blues guitarist and vocalist Reverend John Wilkins died this morning at the age of 76. He was the son of the influential prewar blues musician Reverend Robert Wilkins. As an adult, he served as the pastor for the Hunter’s Chapel Church in Como, Mississi... Read more

In Memoriam: Sylvester Francis

Tue, 09/01/20
Sylvester Francis, founder and proprietor of the Backstreet Cultural Museum, died Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Francis officially opened the Treme museum at 1116 Henriette DeLille Street in 1999. But its origins can be traced back to the 1970s when he paraded with the Gentl... Read more

In Memoriam: Big Queen Kim "Cutie" Boutte

Sun, 08/23/20
Scenes from Big Queen Kim "Cutie" Boutte's funeral service on August 22, 2020 in New Orleans. She became an ancestor on August 11, 2020, at age 55, after being caught by stray gunfire from a shooting during a funeral repass. Kim was an honored Big Queen of The Spirit of FiY... Read more

In Memoriam: Tammy Lynn

Sun, 07/05/20
Tammy Lynn (also known as Tami Lynn), New Orleans soul singer and an original AFO Records artist, died June 26, 2020. She was best known for her song 'I'm Gonna Run Away From You,' which hit #4 on the UK Singles Chart in 1971. Lynn was born in Gert Town in 1942. As a child,... Read more

In Memoriam: Dwight Miller

Tue, 05/05/20
Dwight Miller, one of the  co-founders of the Pinstripe Brass Band, died Monday, March 16, 2020, at the age of 70. Miller was born Uptown on December 15, 1949. As a student at James Durham Junior High School, he played trumpet in the school band before switching to saxopho... Read more

In Memoriam: Alfred "Uganda" Roberts

Tue, 05/05/20
Alfred "Uganda" Roberts died this morning at the age of 77. Roberts first came to prominence in New Orleans music as the percussionist with Professor Longhair.  Roberts was born and raised in Treme where, due to the close proximity of sailors, he took an interest in calyps... Read more

In Memoriam: Tony Allen

Sun, 05/03/20
Authored by Logan
On Thursday April 30, human music suffered a loss that was felt around the world. Tony Allen, the source of afrobeat rhythm, passed away at his home in Paris. Tony grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and spent his years as a young man immersed in a thriving live music scene. Having... Read more

In Memoriam: Jesse Hathorne

Sun, 05/03/20
WWOZ has lost one of our own to COVID-19. Jesse Hathorne, known on the airwaves as The Midnight Creeper, The Creeper, or Brother Jess, depending on which show he was hosting, died Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the age of 71. Most recently, he held the Thursday 2-4 pm slot with ... Read more

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