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Wilson "Boozoo" Chavis
Birth: Oct. 23, 1930
Lake Charles
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: May 5, 2001
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA

Musician. Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, he learned to play the button accordion at age nine and is considered one of the fathers of Zydeco music. In 1952, with his band the Majic Sounds, he recorded for Goldband Records what was effectively the first studio session of the French Cajun style music to become dubbed Zydeco. His single "Paper in My Shoe" (1954) is regarded by many to be the first modern version of Zydeco. After this initial recording session, he dropped out of music for a while but with the popularity Zydeco, his musical career came roaring back in the 1980s. He toured and was known for his energetic commanding musical presence. He died in Austin, Texas, of complications after a heart attack. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 

Cause of death: Heart attack
 
Burial:
Highland Memory Gardens
Lake Charles
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA
Plot: Lawncrypt section
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: May 16, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 22319
Wilson Boozoo Chavis
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- mj
 Added: May. 5, 2015
Thank you for the music... Forever missed and loved!
- Helene McClean Lubaroff
 Added: May. 5, 2015
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
- HoneybeeDeb
 Added: Mar. 10, 2015
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