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, 1981 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stop Draggin' My Heart Around ~ #2 (2) Christopher Cross, Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) ~ #1 (1) Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, Endless Love


Q: Did you ever know Janis Joplin? ~ A: She used to come out to a club across the river and play. It was a place that was really famous down here called The Big Oaks Club in Louisiana just across the Serbian River. At that time, the drinking age in Texas was 21 but in Louisiana it was 18. If you could reach the bar with a quarter you could get a beer. They were very loose. In fact, I started playing over there when I was 14 years old. Bobby Ramirez, who was later the drummer for White Trash was 11 years old. But Janis, I didn't really know. I knew of her by reputation but her reputation in this area wasnt very good. She had a bad reputation because she talked bad about Port Arthur but we still loved her. (smiles) She dated some of the guys in my band. She was friends with Gary Dorsey, my bass player, and later Jim Langton. ~ Swampland: Jerry LaCroix Interview ~ January 2000 © Swampland

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

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