River Road African American Museum hosts musical tribute to Dave Bartholomew Sunday in Donaldsonville


DONALDSONVILLE – The River Road African American Museum honored Dave Bartholomew Sr. July 17 during its Rural Roots of Jazz Concert Series.

The free concert, which included the dedication of a brick for Bartholomew in the Donaldsonville Jazz Plaza, was held from 6 – 8 p.m. at the museum located at 406 Charles Street.

Bartholomew, 95, is a songwriter, producer, bandleader and horn player. He is a Grammy Award winner and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriter Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame.

He was born in Edgard and learned music from professor Claiborne Williams as a teen in Donaldsonville.

Bartholomew co-wrote many hit songs with Fats Domino, including “Ain’t That a Shame,” “I’m in Love Again,” “Blue Monday,” “I’m Walkin’ ” and “Valley of Tears.”

More hits he produced include Lloyd Price’s “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” Shirley and Lee’s “Let the Good Times Roll” and Smiley Lewis’ “I Hear You Knocking” and “One Night.”