Jerry LaCroix, singer
Saxophonist ~ Singer
Boogie Kings ~ Blood Sweat & Tears ~ Rare Earth

Jerry LaCroix

October 10, 1943, Alexandria, LA ~ May 7, 2014, Lufkin, TX

In the mid-1960s, G.G Shinn was a singer in a Eunice, La., band called the Boogie Kings. Jerry LaCroix heard the hand, realized there was no way his band could compete and joined in. ~ Houston Chronicle: Helping out a blue-eyed soul brother ~ August 26, 2010 © Houston Chronicle

The man behind one of Southeast Texas' most noted, soulful voices enchanted the area for more than four decades and recorded and toured with the Boogie Kings, Rare Earth, Edgar Winter's White Trash, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. ~ Beaumont Enterprise: Jerry LaCroix Obituary ~ May 7, 2014 © Beaumont Enterprise

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October 10, 1970 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Dawn, Candida ~ #2 (6) Jackson 5, I'll Be There ~ #1 (4) Neil Diamond, Cracklin' Rosie

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Although he was never a household name in his own right, LaCroix's soulful vocals made him a favorite performer for those in the know - a group that, early in his career, included Columbia president Clive Davis, who not only presided over White Trash's deal with the label's Epic subsidiary, but ended up playing matchmaker between LaCroix and Blood, Sweat & Tears after White Trash fell apart. Although he'd just released his own solo album, 1974's ‘The Second Coming,’ he decided to abandon promotional efforts because, as he put it, “Blood, Sweat & Tears was going on a world tour and I hadn't seen the world.” Staying with the band long enough to contribute to their 1974 ‘Mirror Image’ album, LaCroix soon left because, as he told Swampland, “they weren't really a kick-ass band like White Trash was and I wasn't happy.” But just as quickly as he left one band, he joined another: Rare Earth's manager soon came calling, and as LaCroix recalled in the same interview, “He flew me out to L.A. and we talked a little bit and he said, ‘Oh, by the way, tomorrow we're going to be on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. You want to sing with us?' No rehearsal, no nothing. I just got on live TV and sang ‘Get Ready.' He said and then, day after tomorrow, we're going on tour. So I had to learn all of their songs in two days.” ~ Ultimate Classic Rock: Jerry LaCroix Obituary ~ May 8, 2014 © Ultimate Classic Rock

Jerry LaCroix ~ Inducted in the 2012 Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.



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