OPELOUSAS, LA. — Rockin' Dopsie Sr.
Zydeco music originator
OPELOUSAS, La. -- Rockin' Dopsie Sr., an originator of the fusion of Cajun music and rhythm and blues known as zydeco, who played on Paul Simon's "Graceland" album, died Thursday of a heart attack.
"He's the last of the classic zydeco style, the originators," said New Orleans music writer Rick Coleman.
A crowd-pleasing entertainer and performer, the 61-year-old -- whose real name was Alton Rubin Sr. -- toured the world drawing huge crowds at concerts and festivals. He took his stage name by imitating a Chicago dancer named Doopsie.
He recorded for several labels, singing in French and accompanying himself on the French button accordion. His contribution to "Graceland" was "That Was Your Mother."
His last album, "Louisiana Music," was his first for a major label. The album received a Grammy nomination after its 1991 release.
The mayor of Lafayette, in the heart of Cajun country, crowned Mr. Dopsie "King of Zydeco" after Clifton Chenier died in 1987. It was a controversial coronation, since many other musicians had nominated themselves.
But Mr. Chenier, Boozoo Chavis and Mr. Dopsie were considered the originators of zydeco.
Luciano Charles Scorsese 80, a raspy-voiced garment worker who appeared in eight films directed by his son Martin, died after a long illness Monday at New York University Hospital. He was a presser for 40 years before retiring a dozen years ago, after which he did more film work. In his son's "Goodfellas" (1990), he played a gangster who becomes a hit man. He also appeared in "The King of Comedy," "The Color of Money" and "Cape Fear," and in Brian De Palma's "Wise Guys." His last role was in "The Age of Innocence," a Martin Scorsese film scheduled to open in September. He was also a wardrobe consultant.
* T.C. Foreman,T.C. Foreman, 83, who expanded a family business into one of the largest independent men's dress clothing stores in the Midwest, died Sunday in St. Paul, Minn. Mr. Foreman was primary owner and former president of Foreman & Clark Inc. His father and uncles started the business in the early 1900s, and he expanded the chain to 14 stores in Minnesota and other states.