Wednesday, September 7, 2011
R.I.P.: Wardell Quezergue
pictured: Quezergue (left) w/Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
Wardell Quezergue Sr., the bandleader, producer, composer, arranger and educator whose contributions to a plethora of New Orleans rhythm & blues classics earned him the moniker "the Creole Beethoven," died Tuesday (September 6, 2011) morning of congestive heart failure. He was 81.
His credits include Jean Knight's smash "Mr. Big Stuff," the Dixie Cups' "Iko Iko" and "Chapel of Love," Professor Longhair's recording of "Big Chief," Robert Parker's "Barefootin,'" King Floyd's "Groove Me," Dorothy Moore's "Misty Blue" and Dr. John's landmark 1992 album "Goin' Back to New Orleans."
He also worked with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, B.B. King and Willie Nelson, and co-wrote "It Ain't My Fault," a funky standard of the New Orleans brass band repertoire that has been sampled by various rappers. MORE HERE and HERE