RIP Snooks

Mardi Gras will not be the same this year, as the world lost one of the great New Orleans musicians this week.  Snooks Eaglin died of a heart attack on Wed. Feb. 18 after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Born January 21, 1936 in New Orleans as Fird Eaglin, Jr., Snooks is generally regarded as one of New Orleans finest guitarists, playing a wide range of styles including blues, rock, jazz, country, and latin.  His wide repertoire earned him the nickname “the human  jukebox.” At live shows, he would not prepare set lists, and the shows were totally unpredictable, often to his bandmates as well.

He played with musicians such as Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Ellis Marsalis, Dave Bartholomew, the Wild Magnolias, and Earl King. There will, no doubt, be a great second line funeral in New Orleans.

For listening tribute, I recommend 1959’s “New Orleans Street Singer.”  I’d also recommend Lolly Obeda’s “Sugar Shop” on KFAI from  Feb. 20 which includes a wide-ranging tribute to Snooks.  It will  be available here for the next two weeks.


RIP Snooks


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