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Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers

Easily the biggest zydeco star of the 1990s, Beau Jocque heralded the rise of the genre's new, urbanized style; infusing his high-octane sound with elements of rock, soul, hip-hop and even reggae, he bridged the gap between traditional Creole culture and contemporary music to create a funky, bass-heavy hybrid calculated for maximum mainstream appeal. Born Andrus Espre in Duralde, LA, in 1952, Jocque spent his early adult years working as an electrician, but in 1987 he suffered a serious back injury which left him paralyzed from the waist down for over a year; during his recovery period he picked up his father's Cajun accordion, but always bored by traditional zydeco, he set about updating the music more to his own contemporary tastes. Jocque and his wife Michelle then spent the next five years painstakingly researching zydeco clubs, discovering which kinds of songs earned the greatest response from patrons; at the same time he absorbed the music of Boozoo Chavis, drawn by his propulsive rhythms. Finally, in 1991, he formed the Zydeco Hi-Rollers; the band was an immediate smash in the New Orleans circuit, drawing huge audiences -- many of them new to the Creole dancehall scene -- captivated by their hard-edged rhythms and Jocque's primal, cavernous vocals. A friendly rivalry with Chavis also increased his notoriety, and in 1993, the Hi-Rollers debuted with Beau Jocque Boogie, one of the best-selling zydeco records of all time. Pick Up on This! followed in 1994, and a year later they released the explosive live effort Git It, Beau Jocque!, which featured the hit "Give Him Cornbread." Gonna Take You Downtown appeared in 1996, followed two years later by Check It Out, Lock It In, Crank It Up! Beau Jocque died of a heart attack on September 10, 1999; the concert album Give Him Cornbread, Live! arrived nearly a year later. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Beau Jocque
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He lived 4 houses down from me in kinder cornbread is all I got to say RIP big man
gitgitgitgit g i t it !
garzageorge4
Excellent entertainer and artist RIP from Lake Charles, la
Tee toe hot step has to get you moving if not your dead!
Could put on a show!!!RIP
use to watch him play at all the zydeco clubs in south la.what an awesome talent! r.i.p. beau jacque!!!you are certainly missed
Beau Jacque was a Great man….I like what was said in his Bio…that him and my grandfather BooZoo had a “friendly rivalry”…wha t a lot of people didn’t know..was that Beau Jacque and my grandfather were GREAT friends…
I remember going to a dance in Port Arthur and they said that it was going to be “The Battle of the Bands” between Beau Jacque and my grandfather… M y grandfather and Beau Jacque would never battle…you just knew that on that night you was going to have a FUNKY good time and to be there early cause it was going to be packed…

My legs hurt from bouncing around in my desk chair all day! Great stuff!
I feel like I'm at Bud's Place down in the bayou!
llajea
A GREAT LOST TO ZYDECO
Seeing this man and his band was some of the best live music experiences I have had. New Orleans "Rock n Bowl" with Beau and Boozoo, will always keep a big smile in my heart!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
letsdancejay
I was listening to on of his songs today, and it took me back to when i was in middle school n my dad told me the hi-rollers where coming to H-town! Enough said good times!
I remember as a youngster seeing all the old folks zydecoing to this song in the church hall at the LaLa (dance) to raise money for our annual bazzar. What fun!
Pivotal artist, huge talent. His early death was a major loss to the Zydeco genre and community. I have every single album. Only wish I'd been able to see him live when he was with us.
juliasathler
some great times at Rock n Bowl and at Jazz Fest with Beau Jocque. Even saw him at a NOLA jazz fest in Villeneuve sur Lot France (along with Doreen's Jazz New Orleans) and others. Beau Jocque was da bomb, sadly missed.
im a zydeco fan allday. most of the time i get up and do a zydeco workout for bout 30 minutes in the mornings thats how crunk i be with it.
lvinsel
Love it love it love IT! jus git it beau jocque!
Wow, can't believe I read this today...ten years and a day from his day of passing..... t h a n k you dear Sir for your life and for leaving some of yourself behind for us to enjoy!!! Funny how we never know what an impact we have on others while on this earth...mess a g e for the day is, be mindful!!! While you're at it.....DANCE LIKE IT'S YOUR LAST!!!!!
One of the greatest zydeco players in the world.Rest in peace Beau Jocque
the best!
Toe tappin! got the dead up and dancing - it's down bayou time, O'yea it chitlin time all.

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