Rock And Roll Pioneer And Legend Dave Bartholomew Dies Aged 100

Rock And Roll Pioneer And Legend Dave Bartholomew Dies Aged 100

His musical prowess and unique sounds have been considered to be what laid the foundation for rock and roll's sound. 

Iconic New Orleans trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, songwriter, and producer Dave Bartholomew passed away at age 100. The news was confirmed by NPR, who received word of the music giant's passing from his son Don Batholomew.  Batholomew was best known for his collaborations with Fats Domino between 1949 and 1963. His musical prowess and unique sounds have been considered to be what laid the foundation for rock and roll's sound. 



 

David Louis Bartholomew was born on Christmas Eve in 1918 in Edgard, Louisiana. His musical influence came from watching showboats carrying bands up and down the Mississippi River. Growing up in a music-filled home helped a great deal as well. Batholomew's father Louis was a bass and tuba player who lent his talent to jazz clarinettist Willie Humphrey. 



 

 



 

 

Bartholomew was also influenced by the late great Louis Armstrong, an artist he recalled listening to in the 2016 documentary 'The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock n'Roll'. Bartholomew would later go on to live in New Orleans after his father decided to move the family. 



 

But Armstrong would soon go on to influence Bartholomew further. Like his idol, Bartholomew wanted to create magic with the trumpet. While Bartholomew would become the cornerstone of rock and roll, Armstrong was exactly that for the jazz scene. He would soon go on to play for the likes of Oscar "Papa" Celestin and Joe Robichaux. After being drafted into the Army in 1942, Bartholomew learned to write and arrange music in an Army band. 



 

 



 

Bartholomew also co-wrote and produced hits such as 'Ain't That a Shame,' 'I'm Walkin'' and 'Let the Four Winds Blow'. He is survived by his wife, eight children, and 25 grandchildren. 

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