New Orleans Music Pioneer Dave Bartholomew Has Died

Dave Bartholomew, the “architect of the New Orleans sound,” a trumpeter, songwriter, arranger and producer died this morning, June 23, 2019 at the age of 100.

A New Orleans music legend, Bartholomew was the moving force behind the career of Fats Domino, a collaborative relationship that began in 1949.   Bartholomew was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998 and received a Grammy Trustees Award in 2014, and was the recipient of the OffBeat Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Music in 2010. He was also proclaimed a “Master of Louisiana Music” by OffBeat.

Bartholomew was the moving force behind the career of Fats Domino and worked with legendary performers Lloyd Price, Smiley Lewis, Shirley & Lee, and many more, and collaborated with Cosimo Matassa, famed for his work on New Orleans R&B tracks of the 50s and 60s.

At this writing, funeral arrangements have not been finalized.