Monday, September 05, 2005

Alex Chilton, Frankie Ford, Clarence "Frogman" Henry Missing

More reports of missing musicians are filtering in. According to CNN:
For the music industry, the top priority became tracking down the missing. Reports began to surface that Antoine "Fats" Domino, songwriter Allen Toussaint (who penned Patti LaBelle's hit "Lady Marmalade") and others had not been heard from since Katrina touched down.

On Friday, Domino, the 76-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, and his family were reported safe, having been rescued by boat from floodwaters near their New Orleans home. Toussaint was rumored to have been taken to the Superdome and has since made it to New York City. Irma Thomas made it out.

As of Friday, former Box Tops and Big Star musician Alex Chilton was unaccounted for; so were Frankie Ford and Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

The Neville Brothers, long associated with New Orleans, were fine, but as of Friday Charles Neville could not locate his three daughters.

But it was not just well-known musicians who were missing or displaced. The Gulf Coast, and in particular the New Orleans region, is also home to a thriving community of local musicians who make a living playing jazz, zydeco and Cajun music, especially for tourists.

"I just can't get ahold of anyone," said Jonno Frishberg, a 45-year-old fiddler who earns his livelihood playing Cajun music gigs. "You're talking about a whole community of musicians like me, with no unemployment insurance and no way to make a living." Frishberg and his wife and two children are all safe. "If I didn't have kids, I'd be looking to head far away from here," he says. "I'll still have to go on the road to make a living. I'm just looking for a way to feed my family."

Here's hoping that everyone is found safe and sound, and that all the musicians get back on their feet, along with everyone else who was displaced.


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"I'm a lonely frog, I ain't got a home"-- Clarence "Frogman" Henry

1 comment:

greg said...

I'm hearing Alex Chilton was rescued via helicopter on Sunday.