US zydeco music star Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural dies at 68303 views
For more than 35 years, Dural exposed zydeco to more people on the planet than any other artist. His band’s music has been heard by millions, from high-profile gigs that included the Olympics, presidential inaugurations, national TV shows and hit movies, like The Big Easy, Fletch Lives and The Waterboy.
Ted Fox, Buckwheat Zydeco’s personal manager and frequent producer and collaborator since 1986, said Dural’s native music from southwest Louisiana had a global impact.
“Many people in Louisiana know that Buck was a musical legend and the preeminent ambassador of zydeco music,” said Fox. “For others around the world, if they got into zydeco music, or felt its influence, or watched the world celebrate this great aspect of Louisiana culture over the past 30-plus years, it’s likely been because of Buckwheat Zydeco.
Dural and band performed in the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, which reached a TV audience of 3 billion people. They played at both inaugurations for former President Bill Clinton and countless commercials and TV shows, such as The Late Show with David Letterman and the last episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Last November, Dural and band members were part of an all-star tribute to country music legend Willie Nelson, who received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The TV special aired on PBS stations across the country.
Buckwheat won the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album Grammy for the 2009 CD, Lay Your Burden Down, which featured Trombone Shorty, Sonny Landreth and other stars. The band received an Emmy for the music in the CBS TV movie from 2001, Pistol Pete: The Life and Times of Pete Maravich.
In August, friends and family set up a GoFundMe account titled “In Support of Buckwheat Zydeco” to help with medical expenses. As of Friday, more than $19,000 of the account’s $50,000 goal had been raised.
Courtesy: Highlight Hollywood