RIP Bobby Charles

Posted on: Thursday, Jan 14, 2010

Songwriter Bobby Charles passed away this morning; the cause has yet to be determined. The writer of “Walking to New Orleans” and “See You Later Alligator” had struggled with ill-health for years, including back problems and a bout with cancer that was in remission. Those problems led him to miss a scheduled appearance at the Ponderosa Stomp in 2004 and Jazz Fest in 2007. Evidently he fell recently and was bedridden as a result. It was after that fall that he died.

Charles had completed work on a new album, which is due out next month.

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January 15th, 2010 at 16:27
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RIP Bobby . . . “Walking To New Orleans” is a great song, covered by lots of people, and must have paid the bills over the years.