Stanley Dural, Jr., 1947 – 2016

Musician Stanley Dural Jr., better known as Buckwheat Zydeco, died September 24th in Lafayette, Louisiana at the age of 68. Mr. Dural, who grew up in southwestern Louisiana, didn’t initially like the accordion-and-fiddle French Creole music of his father’s generation, and played piano and organ in R&B bands. Then in 1977 he sat in with the band of his father’s friend Clifton Chenier, and he was hooked.

Buckwheat Zydeco website


“Buckwheat Zydeco leader Stanley Dural, Jr. dead at 68,” Chelsea Brasted, New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Stanley Dural Jr., who popularized zydeco music as Buckwheat Zydeco, dies at 68,” Matt Schudel, Washington Post

“Stanley Dural Jr., Founder of Buckwheat Zydeco, Dies at 68,” Jon Pareles, New York Times

Video: “Allons a Boucherie,” about a pig-stickin.’ Lyrics here.


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