Rockin' Tabby Thomas Dead at 84

(The Blues) Louisiana swamp blues veteran Rockin' Tabby Thomas has died four days short of his 85th birthday. He's best remembered for his 1961 single Hoodo Party, released via Excello, and for running his venue Tabby's Blues Box referred to as "the home of the blues in Baton Rouge" by the 1980s.

The singer, guitarist and pianist's career featured a string of Louisiana blues recordings, which often included collaborations with Lazy Lester and Whispering Smith. He'd been a member of the Mellow, Mellow Men and run his own label, Blue Beat. He'd hosted a weekend blues radio show for decades.

Ernest J Thomas was the father of Grammy-winning actor and musician Chris Thomas King, who tells the Advocate: "Even when he was most ill, he still found a way to say something to put a smile on people's faces. His legacy is that he touched people with his music and his conversation." more on this story

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