Dickie Landry enters La. Music Hall of Fame
by Herman Fuselier
August 2, 2018
Saxophone greats Dickie Landry and Jon Smith, along with singer Duane Yates, will be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Atchafalaya Club, part of Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant, in Henderson. The Boogie Kings, along with the Ryan Foret Band, perform for the occasion.
With its motto “honoring and preserving Louisiana’s greatest renewable natural resource,” the LMHOF is a nonprofit that recognizes the state’s legendary musicians. The hall has inducted more than 200 artists, such as Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, Clifton Chenier, Irma Thomas, Hunter Hayes, Mahalia Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wayne Toups and Trace Adkins.
A native of Cecilia and longtime resident of Lafayette, Landry enters the hall with an international reputation in solo saxophone concerts, photography and paintings. He’s performed and collaborated with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Talking Heads, Robert Plant, Clifton Chenier, Lil Band O’ Gold, True Man Posse and many others.
Festival International de Louisiane honored Landry in its 2017 closing concert. Landry and Kinan Azmeh created original music for the play “Oedipus,” which was featured last month at the Teatro Grande in Brescia, Italy.
Smith has had gigs and recordings with the Boogie Kings, Randy Newman, Boz Skaggs, Dr. John, the Isley Brothers, Albert Collins and Edgar Winter’s White Trash. He played on Toto’s “IV” album, winner of six Grammys and the Album of the Year in 1983.
Yates gained fame as lead singer of the Boogie Kings and his early band, the Capris. He died in 2009 at the age of 65.