Fans were saddened to learn that the two time Grammy nominated music legend, D.L. Menard, has passed away. Menard was 85 years old at the time of his death. His full name was Doris Leon Menard.
Known for his amazing vocals, songwriting ability, and guitar playing skills, Menard was an icon in the music industry. He was extremely well known in Louisiana and some folks also referred to him as the “Cajun Hank Williams.”
According to Rolling Stone, Menard’s song, “The Back Door,” is the most played and recorded Cajun song of all time. It was inspired after he heard Williams' "Honky Tonk Blues."
According to NPR, Menard was inducted into both the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He also received a prestigious National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest award given to a traditional musician.
According to reports, Menard passed away at his granddaughter’s home. He had been battling heart issues as well as cancer at the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his loving wife.
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