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Dale Rose Cajun Musician Eddie LeJeune dies (3) Cajun Musician Eddie LeJeune dies 11 Jan 01

Well known Cajun accordionist Eddie LeJeune of Morse, Louisiana, died Tuesday of a massive heart attack. He was 49 years old. His funeral was today at Immaculate Conception Church in Morse. He was the son of Cajun Legend Iry LeJeune, but was a talented performer in his own right. He preferred to play in the classic trio style, just accordion, fiddle, and guitar.

He and his band, The Morse Playboys, had been scheduled, along with Hadley Castille and The Sharecropper Band, for the live radio show from the Liberty Theater in Eunice Louisiana, this Saturday night. Until the weather and other considerations intervened, I had tentatively planned to attend the show.

I have posted a real audio of J'Etais Au Bal (I Went To The Dance) from Le Trio Cadien, Rounder 6049, 1992, featuring Eddie ~~ accordion and vocal, D.L. Menard ~~ guitar and vocal, and Ken Smith ~~ fiddle. D.L. sings the first verse, and Eddie the rest of the song. J'Etais Au Bal was made famous by Iry LeJeune. Eddie has three other albums on Rounder ~~ from 1988, 1991, and 1998.

Information about Eddie and a Memorial Fund are at the Louisiana State University Eunice site.

Here is an interview with Dan Willging in Rootsworld Magazine from a couple of years ago.

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