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September 12, 2005

Blues Singer/Guitarist Gatemouth Brown

Written by
cindy mcleod

Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, the 81 year old legendary singer and guitarist, has died on Saturday, September 10th. He was in Orange, Texas, at the time of his death, where he’d gone to escape to escape Hurricane Katrina.

A renowned multi-instrumentalist, “Gatemouth” was a 50-year career veteran, and was best known for his unique blend of Texas blues, R&B, country, jazz and Cajun music. He had been battling lung cancer and heart disease as reported by his agent Rick Cady, and was with his family at his brother’s home when he died. His home of Slidell, La., a bedroom community of New Orleans, was wiped out. “He was completely devastated,” Cady said. “I’m sure he was heartbroken, both literally and figuratively. He evacuated successfully before the hurricane hit, but I’m sure it weighed heavily on his soul.”

Louisiana born, Texas raised, Brown’s career began in the 1940s as a swing drummer. In his teens he gained the “Gatemouth” moniker for his deep voice. He later went on to record over 30 projects and was recognized with a Grammy Award in 1982.

Survivors include three daughters and a son.

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