OBITUARY: r.i.p. Edwin “Eddie Bo” Bocage (September 20, 1930 – March 18, 2009)

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This is a sad one. One of the greatest New Orleans music legends died Wednesday night from an apparent heart attack at the age of 78. Eddie Bo may not have had the national or international fame as Fats Domino or even The Meters, but his hard work in rock’n’roll, blues, R&B, jazz, soul, and funk made him one of the hardest working men of the South for years. He was not only a singer, musician, and songwriter, but an entrepreneur, starting up a number of labels for his music and his own productions, and occasionally releasing records under pseudonyms. It had been said that James Brown changed his style of music when he heard and had seen what Bo did with his.

“Hook & Sling”, “Check Your Bucket”, “Lover And A Friend”, “We’re Doing It (The Thang) (Part 2)”, “From This Day On”, “Can You Handle It”, and countless others are songs that influenced a generation of hip-hop and electronica DJ’s and producers to tap into the sound of New Orleans and Louisiana, and of course Mr. Bocage.

Eternal gratitude for your contributions to the world of music, Eddie Bo. As you had said yourself in one of your songs, “Fare Thee Well”. r.i.p.