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Tuesday 23 September  

Songwriting legend Bobby Charles dies at 71

Published on 15 January 2010 - 10:07am
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American songwriter and singer Bobby Charles has died in the US state of Louisiana, aged 71. No specific cause of death was given, but the famous musician suffered from diabetes and was in remission from kidney cancer.


An ethnic Cajun, Charles helped to pioneer the south Louisiana musical genre known as swamp pop. His most famous hits include See You Later, Alligator - best known from the cover verision by Bill Haley and His Comets - and Walking to New Orleans, written for Fats Domino.


Mr Charles could not play an instrument or read music. When songs popped into his head, he'd run to the nearest payphone and sing into his answering machine.


Charles was scheduled to release a new album next month. In a phone call to his publicist, the artist apparently said "This is my best record yet".


Bobby Charles is survived by his four sons.




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  • Bobby Charles on album cover


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