- Beau Jocque
Infobox musical artist
Name = Beau Jocque
Img_capt = Beau Jocque at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, 1997
Background = solo_singer
November 1 1952
Kinder, Louisiana September 8 1999
Beau Jocque (born Andrus J. Espree,
November 1 1953- September 10 1999) was an American zydecomusician active in the 1990s.
Beau Jocque is known for his gruff vocals, his fusion of many musical styles onto zydeco, and above all, for the powerful energy of his rhythm and sound. Backed by the
Hi-Rollers, he became one of the top dance-hall acts of his musical decade.
Beau Jocque died in the shower of a
heart attackat the height of his career. He is buried in Saint Matildas Cemetery, Eunice, Louisiana.
Beau Jocque was born Andrus Espree. He was also known to write poetry, and preach about respecting of nature. He spent nine years in the Air Force, then came home to work as an electrician and welder. After a work-related accident, which left him bedridden for a time, he began playing accordion. Soon after, he put a band together, including his wife, Shelly on rubboard. By 1989, just two years after his accident, Espree was one of the biggest draws on the
A large man (6'6" and 270 pounds) he took the stage name "Beau Jocque," which is
Louisiana Creolefor "Big Guy." After only a few years, he had revolutionized the zydeco scene, adding funkand rock elements with his band, the Hi-Rollers. His lifestyle caught up with him, however, and after only a few years of regional stardom he died of a heart attack in 1999.
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6716 Beau Jocque at Find-A-Grave]
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