A popular New Orleans performer with a mental set list that drew from upwards of 2500 songs, Snooks was called “the human jukebox.”
When he was just 11, he won a local radio talent competition and within three years, he left school to make his living as a musician. By the mid ’50s, he was playing in the great Allen Toussaint’s band, the Flamingos. A featured artist at the New Orleans Jazzfest for many years, Snooks Eaglin was 73 when he suffered a fatal heart attack on February 18, 2009.
Whatever Snooks plays, it somehow gets that Louisiana funk all over it!—John “Pointy” Pinamonti
A blog about Jazz, Blues, Latin Jazz, New Orleans, musician's stories and more. My name is Robin Lloyd and I've been involved in jazz radio and the music business for over 30 years. This is my personal blog.