RIP Gatemouth Brown

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RIP Gatemouth Brown

Postby bighollowtwang » Sun Sep 11, 2005 5:16 am

BATON ROUGE, La. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, the
singer and guitarist who
became famous with juke-joint stomp numbers and built
a 50-year career
playing blues, country, jazz and Cajun music, died
today in his hometown of
Orange, Texas, where he'd gone to escape Hurricane
Katrina. He was 81.

Brown, who had been battling lung cancer and heart
disease, was in
ill-health for the past year, said Rick Cady, his
booking agent, in a
telephone interview.

Cady, who received a call earlier Saturday from
Brown's manager Jim Bateman,
said the musician was with his family at his brother's
house when he passed
away.

Brown's home in Slidell, La., a bedroom community of
New Orleans, was
destroyed by the Katrina, which wiped out much of the
Mississippi Gulf Coast
and New Orleans, Cady said.
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RE: RIP Gatemouth Brown

Postby bosco » Sun Sep 11, 2005 12:07 pm

Just a shame. Another great gone that I never got to see.

If you could only have one Gatemouth CD in your collection I would recommend "Long Way Home", Gitanes 1996 w. special guests E.C., Ry Cooder, Sonny Landreth, John Loudermilk, Leon Russel and Maria Muldaur. It was one of the first I replaced after I was ripped off several years ago...I'm listening to it now as I write. Great stuff.

Rest in peace, Gatemouth.
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RE: RIP Gatemouth Brown

Postby howlnwoof » Mon Sep 12, 2005 11:09 pm

A sad day .....Gate was a true original ......and as bad as I hate to , I disagree with Bosco .....the "Long Way Home" disc never really caught on with me (just another in a long line of "Bluesguy w/special guest atrocities " ) ...I myself much prefer "Gate Swings" which is goin' full blast right now .....or "American Music Texas Style" ...Even though his Alligator stuff was the first I heard and the stuff that got me hooked on Gate , I really like his later stuff best ....
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RE: RIP Gatemouth Brown

Postby smokindog » Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:12 am

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... Id=4714586

He was a truly one of the greats!!! Check out this NPR interview done last june (2005). :-( I was glad to hear that he was able to get out of New Orleans and Was at his brothers in Texas with His Family when he passed on--the dog
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