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Obit: New Orleans musician Coco Robicheaux RIP

Mary Katherine 25 Nov 11 - 10:57 PM
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Subject: Obit: New Orleans musician Coco Robicheaux RIP
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 25 Nov 11 - 10:57 PM

Musician Coco Robicheaux had a heart attack at the Apple Barrel club, and died about an hour later at the hospital. Very sad news; he was one of the true "characters" of the New Orleans music scene - perhaps most familiar to those outside the area from his appearance on the HBO series "Treme" on which he recreated the famous incident where he sacrificed a live chicken on the air at the WWOZ studios. RIP, Coco.

http://noladefender.com/content/coco-robicheaux-passes


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Subject: RE: Obit: New Orleans musician Coco Robicheaux RIP
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 26 Nov 11 - 05:29 AM

I found out about him after reading one of James Lee Burke's novels and bought one of his CDs. Great stuff, sad to hear this news.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Obit: New Orleans musician Coco Robicheaux RIP
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 26 Nov 11 - 07:32 AM

Coco Robicheaux, New Orleans hoodoo bluesman, has died
Updated: Friday, November 25, 2011, 10:15 PM
By Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune
http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2011/11/coco_robicheaux_rushed_from_ap.html

Hoodoo bluesman Coco Robicheaux collapsed Friday evening at the Apple
Barrel on Frenchmen Street and was taken away by ambulance. He was
reportedly pronounced dead after arriving at Tulane Medical Center. He
was 64.

Robicheaux was not performing at the time; he frequented the Apple
Barrel on his off-nights.

Known for an especially gravelly voice, a swamp-blues guitar style and a
fascination with subjects of a spiritual and/or mystical nature,
Robicheaux lived an especially colorful life, even by the standards of a
New Orleans musician. He released several albums over the past two
decades. He was a mainstay of the Frenchmen Street entertainment
district, a familiar figure both on- and off-stage. He was also a
regular on the schedule of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Robicheaux made a memorable appearance during the opening scene of the
second episode of the first-season of the HBO series "Treme." In a
fictionalized incident, he sacrificed a rooster in the studio of
community radio station WWOZ-FM.

He was also a visual artist, sculptor and painter. He created the bronze
bust of Professor Longhair that stands near the entrance of Tipitina's.


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