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Biography

  • Born

    1 November 1953

  • Died

    10 September 1999 (aged 45)

Beau Jocque (real name: Andrus J. Espre) (1 November 1953 - 10 September 1999) was an American zydeco musician active in the 1990s.

Beau Jocque is known for his gruff vocals, his fusion of many musical styles onto zydeco, and above all, for the powerful energy of his rhythm and sound. Backed by the Hi-Rollers, he became one of the top dance-hall acts of his musical decade.

A large man, Beau Jocque he took the stage name "Beau Jocque," which is Louisiana Acadian slang for "Big Guy." After only a few years, he had revolutionized the zydeco scene, adding funk and rock elements with his band, the Hi-Rollers. He died in the shower of a heart attack at the height of his career. He is buried in Saint Matildas Cemetery, Eunice, Louisiana.

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