Family remembers Creole music legend Lawrence ‘Black’ Ardoin
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Creole music legend Lawrence Ardoin has died at the age of 76, according to friends and family of the musician.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Lawrence “Black” Ardoin came from a long line of zydeco musicians and is the father of fellow zydeco performers Sean and Chris Ardoin. He and his band, “Tradition Creole,” are credited with keeping the music genre alive with songs that date back to early in the century.
Lawrence Ardoin’s love for the culture and music started at the age of seven. Following the footsteps of his father, Alphonse Bois Sec Ardoin, who was a successful share cropper by day and musician extraordinaire at night.
“He was influential, he was a visionary, he was a culture barrier and you know I do my best to walk in those shoes from the foundation he laid,” his son, Sean Ardoin said.
As the middle child of 14 siblings, Ardoin continued the musical legacy. He served in Vietnam and after returning home, he worked as a heavy machinery mechanic before retiring. But through it all, he never stopped playing music.
“The whole time he was working and doing all those things, he was playing music every weekend so my entire life, music was everything,” Sean said.
It was all about music from Friday through Saturday. Sean said his father quietly shared with a few family members as his 76th birthday approached that he knew this would be his last year on earth.
And as a result they made sure they gave him his flowers.
“My family showed out, they came from all over they booked flight, and it rained, and it felt just like a Saturday or Sunday in the country when we used to go to my grandmother’s house. it was great, we gave him his flowers while he was alive,” Sean said.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Christian World Church at 2001 E Gauthier Rd. in Lake Charles.
Funeral services will follow the visitation at the same location.
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