Trumpeter, composer and producer Dave Bartholomew died Sunday morning at the age of 100. Here he’s pictured with his protégée Fats Domino in 1999 and at a 2014 documentary premiere with Dr. John, another New Orleans legend who passed away only two weeks ago.
He is basically the reason there was a music business of any kind in New Orleans at all. It’s not insane to say that he was a big reason why there’s even rock and roll (that thing you guys like so much!) at all. He was the king! RIP Dave
One hundred years and a marvelous life, but still, this is a bad run for New Orleans and the Rampart Street crew that invented and perfected a little something called rock ‘n’ roll.