Guitarist, violinist, writer and producer Al Berard died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 after an illness stretching back to December.  Wikipedia entryOffBeat article.  Berard was 53 years old.  Condolences to all her family and friends.

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Violinist, singer and bandleader Allen Fontenot died on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at age 81.  He was a long-time part of the Cajun music scene in New Orleans, hosting the Cajun show on WWOZ-FM after Bruce Daigrepont’s departure.  He frequently played at the Cajun Bandstand, a club on Airline Highway in Kenner, Louisiana.  His performing schedule decreased in the last decade or so, perhaps due to age.  Brief biography on AllMusic.   Some recordings:

1. Allen Fontenot. Jole blon and other Cajun honky tonk songs. Great Southern Records. GS-11012. 1985. 33.
2. Allen Fontenot. Jole blon and other Cajun honky tonk songs. Great Southern Records. GS 11012. n.d.. CS.
3. Allen Fontenot. New Orleans Cajun love songs. Delta Records. DLP-1145. 1984. 33.
4. Allen Fontenot & Country Cajuns featuring Leroy Veillon & his accordion. Webb Pierce blues. Swallow Records. 45-1001. n.d.. 45.
5. Allen Fontenot & N.O. Country Cajuns. Come with me one more time. Swallow Records. 45-21001. n.d.. 45.
6. Allen Fontenot and the Country Cajuns. Cajun love song. Delta Records. DS 1934. 1984. 45.
7. Allen Fontenot and the Country Cajuns. Chere duloone. Blind Pig Records. none. 1990. 45.
8. Allen Fontenot and the Country Cajuns. Fais do do song. Nonc Joe. MMNP INJ127. 1978. 45.
9. Allen Fontenot and the Country Cajuns. Fais do do song. Nonc Joe. MMNP INJ127. 1978. 45.
10. Allen Fontenot and the Country Cajuns. My cheating heart won’t let me stay. Delta Records. 1933. 1984. 45.

The lead vocalist of the venerable Cajun band the Hackberry Ramblers, James ‘Glen’ Croker died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at age 77 in Lake Charles, LA.  Here’s the Washington Post story and the Times-Picayune’s.  The Ramblers were the first Cajun band to use electrical amplification.  He’s listed as vocalist, guitarist and steel guitarist on this Arhoolie release Jolie blonde.  Our deepest sympathies go out to all his family and friends.

Texas newspaper web site http://www.statesman.com reports that Huey P. Meaux, music pioneer in Texas and Louisiana, has died April 23, 2011, at age 82. Meaux was the owner of Conroe, Texas-based Crazy Cajun Records, which recorded a huge variety of artists, from Freddy Fender to Dr. John to the Sir Douglas Quintet.  GEMM search for “Crazy Cajun” recordingseBay search for “Crazy Cajun.”

The story goes on to say that he had also been convicted of sex crimes against children, a serious tarnish on his contributions.