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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 08:11 PM
From OffBeat magazine in New Orleans:

GATEMOUTH'S GRAVE PROBLEMS

A month after raising money for Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's headstone began comes some unfortunate news. Two days after Hurricane Ike made landfall, the Hollywood Cemetery in Orange, Texas where Brown was laid to rest flooded, bringing many caskets out of the ground including Brown's.



 
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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 09:01 PM

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 09:31 PM
Lucky enough to have seen 'em

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 10:09 PM
Howdy Bill. I started a thread on gate a couple of days ago and even found a Texas article where his brother is interviewed while looking for Gate's casket. I have yet to hear back on if they found it. There's a blues song in the making.

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 10:13 PM
Didn't know he passed. Sorry to hear about this as well as the flooding. This thing in Texas is horrible.

Got to see him in Bloomington while in college. Loved his style. Great musician.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 10:17 PM
He died three years ago.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 10:18 PM
i wonder where he is at?

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 10:33 PM
Where the hell have I been?!

I assumed it was recent with the headstone thing. Sucks either way. Especially the flooding. What a mess. The midwest sounds pretty nice during hurricane season!

 

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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 07:18 AM
Has it really been 3 years???? I feel like the man just passed away.....wow I should start paying attention.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 12:30 PM
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http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/columnists/cary_clack/28527189.html

“Midnight is a lonely hour

Yes, to be alone, people.

Midnight is a lonely hour.

Yes, to be alone, people.”

“Midnight Hour”

By Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

That evil woman named Katrina chased him from his home and then that devil of a man named Ike disturbed him in his place of eternal rest. In between, Rita didn't treat him any better.

If hurricanes were guitars, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown could tame their wicked winds and match their ferocity with that of his own, channeling and blending their destructive force with his imaginative energy and creating invigorating, life-affirming music as he did for most of his 81 years.

But hurricanes are forces of nature that respect no man, in life or death, even if he is a musical giant. A Grammy-award-winning, Blues Hall of Fame legend who could play anything that had molecules, Brown mastered the blues, jazz, country, Cajun, zydeco, rock, all of it and resisted any attempt to pigeonhole him in one category.

“I don't want people to call me no blues player,” he once told Billboard magazine. “I'm an American musician.”

As he sang in one of his songs, Brown was “born in Louisiana and grew up on the Texas side.” After his birth in Vinton, La., his family moved to Orange, where he grew up. Brown's parents and siblings were talented musicians and he would be the best of them. He played drums in San Antonio during the 1940s and would perform here many times over the years. His 1965 compilation of Chess Records outtakes is called “San Antonio Ballbusters” and his song, “Stranded,” begins,

“Stranded in St. Louis

My baby's down in San Antonio.

Stranded in St. Louis

My baby's down in San Antonio.”

He ends it by singing,

“Just thinkin' bout my baby

Will bring me home to San Antonio.”

In 2004, Brown was found to have cancer. He was dying in August of 2005 when Katrina forced him to be evacuated from his home in Slidell, La. He died in Orange on Sept. 10, 2005. Two weeks after his funeral, Hurricane Rita blew away his temporary grave marker.

Rita was gracious compared with Hurricane Ike, which roared through the Texas Gulf Coast last weekend. The all-black Hollywood Cemetery got its name, according to the Associated Press story quoting the owner's son, because, “Everybody out here, just like in Hollywood, is a star to their respective families and to their place in this community.”

But the biggest star buried there was Brown. That didn't matter when Ike flooded the cemetery and Brown's casket was one of dozens that were uprooted and floated away from gravesites.

It's now left to the families to find and identify their loved one's casket.

The hurricanes just won't let this man be, making the last three years something he would have sung about in a blues or country tune. One of his albums was called “Standing My Ground,” something he wasn't allowed to do before he died and something he's not able to do in death.

The sad ballad of Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown deserves a happy ending, something deserving of a man whose music, solidly grounded in genius, gave joy to so many.


 

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