The Louisiana musician who introduced zydeco music to the world has died. Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. of Buckwheat Zydeco, was 68.
Dural died Sept. 24. He had suffered from lung cancer.
He gained fame by introducing zydeco music to the world. Dural took the music mainstream, opening for U2 on their Joshua Tree Tour (1987) and Eric Clapton on his 1988 North America Tour (Sept. 28 Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver).
As even more doors opened, Buckwheat found himself sharing stages and/or recording with Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Paul Simon, Ry Cooder, and many others. Buckwheat Zydeco also played at former President Bill Clinton’s inauguration and the 1996 Olympics closing ceremony in Atlanta.