Bobby Charles Passed Away

jan 10 news bobby charlesSongwriter Bobby Charles passed away this morning; the cause has yet to be determined. The writer of “Walking to New Orleans” and “See You Later Alligator” had struggled with ill-health for years, including back problems and a bout with cancer that was in remission. Those problems led him to miss a scheduled appearance at the Ponderosa Stomp in 2004 and Jazz Fest in 2007. Evidently he fell recently and was bedridden as a result. It was after that fall that he died.

Charles had completed work on a new album, which is due out next month.

More when we know more.

For more on Charles, here’s Scott Jordan’s 1998 feature story on Charles, Geoffrey Himes’ guide to Charles’ writing, an interview Alex Rawls did with him in 2007, and a feature he wrote for Blurt after the release of 2008’s Homemade Songs. Here’s a review of Homemade Songs.

  • One of the best songwriters ever.

  • C.A.BlanChard,III

    REAL DEAL….a Louisiana TREASURE,WHO Shunned Da`Spotlight Cher`! Still Managed to write SO MANY HIT SONG`S for others!

  • John Taber

    May the four winds blow him safely home… RIP Bobby

  • Andries van den Berg

    No more “See you later aligator”. He will be missed

  • stefan nilsson from sweden

    a tragic loss, he was one of the greatest

  • Angelyn Guidry

    This was my grandpa…
    rest in peace pop.
    i love you.
    & the family will never be the same without you.

  • Kim

    Bobby, you must be in a good place now as your song…

  • I am very,very,sad ! See Ya later alligator !! We'll meet someday! I aspire to greatness akin to yours.