Erath, LA - Louisiana Proud KBON 101.1 is saddened to report the passing of Cajun music legend D.L. Menard. Menard passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the age of 85.
Wikipedia describes the legendary Acadiana treasure as "a notable songwriter, performer, and recording artist in contemporary Cajun music. He has been called the "Cajun Hank Williams."
Menard was born in Erath, Louisiana, the only child of Ophy and Helena Primeaux Menard. He was part of a Cajun farming family. He took up the guitar at 16 and started playing dances... in Louisiana clubs at 17. He is strongly influenced by the late Hank Williams, who he met in 1951 at the Teche Club shortly before Williams's death. Since then Menard has performed in more than 30 countries and served as a good-will ambassador for Cajun culture. Menard and his late wife Louella had seven children, leading to 17 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.He still lived in Erath up until the time of his death.
He has maintained a separate career as a craftsman, noted for his handmade ash-wood chairs. Menard is best known for the song "La Porte En Arrière" ("The Back Door"), which he both composed and regularly performed. Cajun folklorist Barry Jean Ancelet has called this the most played and recorded Cajun song ever, selling over 500,000 copies in 1962 alone. It has been covered by dozens of Cajun and zydeco bands and by other francophone artists such as Kate & Anna McGarrigle. Menard has said he modeled it on Hank Williams' "Honky Tonk Blues." He says that he composed it in less than an hour, while working at a gas station in Erath.
Funeral Services for Doris “DL” Leon Menard will begin with the family receiving visitors on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Family Life Church, 2223 Dulles Drive Lafayette, LA at 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. Visitation will resume on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Family Life Church at 8 a.m. until time of Funeral Services at 3 p.m. The honor of officiating the Funeral Services has been bestowed upon Mr. Menard’s son, Todd Menard, Pastor of Family Life Church. Mr. Menard will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Erath, LA.
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