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Wardell Quezergue R.i.p.

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Sad to hear that Wardell Quezergue has died, age 81.


He was a huge talent and a gentleman.


Rest in peace.





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news item and biography Nola.com


...Wardell started working with other artists in the studio, producing and arranging their records and specializing in horn charts. By the early-60's, he had a new group, Wardell & the Sultans, who recorded for Imperial Records with Bartholomew producing, but his greatest success came in the studio where he produced and arranged the Dixie Cups hits Iko Iko and Chapel of Love and Robert Parker's Barefootin'.


In 1964, he started Nola Records and, in the early-70's, began working with the then struggling Malaco Records. At Malaco, Quezergue brought in artists that had been rejected by other labels and turned them into hitmakers. At one point, he brought in five such artists and, in a single session, turned out big sellers for Jean Knight (Mr. Big Stuff) and King Floyd (Groove Me)...


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...Hitting immediately with Robert Parker’s “Barefootin,’” under Quezergue’s watchful stewardship Nola amassed a staggering catalog of soul and R&B—from the obscure Charles “Soul” Brown to the famed Willie Tee—before its untimely demise in 1968. Along with subsidiaries like Bonatemp, Whurley-Burley and Hot Line, Quezergue kept himself busy with productions for smaller labels like A.B.S., Shagg and Mode, always using the same modus operandi: the song itself came first.


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I know that Wardell had been ill for quite some time, but that doesn't make his death any less of a shame....

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As said a sad day. Again as said he had a huge involvement in the records we collect.

These sad days getting all to frequent.

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A sad loss indeed..................................RIP Wardell we will miss you.!


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I think the first time I saw this name was on The Pointer Sisters - Send Him Back. Of course, loads more since. RIP Wardell.

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His work was second to none and without it New Orleans music, and actually IMO southern soul in general, would have been a duller place. When looking through many records, seeing his name on a label was always a pointer as to something that could be of interest.

As the years go on, sadly this type of news will be more common place.

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Darn - the man was a legend.

That says it all, a giant of a legend.


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