2017-07-30 19:15:54 UTC
Cajun Legend D.L. Menard Has Died at 85
By Mike Soileau
July 27, 2017 9:24 AM
We just heard the heartbreaking news that Cajun music legend and original singer of “The Back Door” D.L. Menard has passed away at the age of 85.
Everyone who knows anything about Cajun music knows the song “The Back Door”. It is the most played Cajun song ever played and covered by any and every Cajun and Zydeco band.
“The Back Door” or in French is “La Porte En Arrière” when released in 1962 sold over 500,000 copies in that year alone.
Doris Leon (D.L) Menard was born in Erath, Louisiana in 1932. His idol was legendary country singer Hank Williams who he met in 1951 right before Williams death.
Menard was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Traditional Folk Album. In 2009, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.
And then again in 2010, D.L. Menard was nominated once again for a Grammy award for the album “Happy Go Lucky” in the Best Cajun and Zydeco Album category.
D.L. Passed away at the age of 85. When more details are available we will pass them along to you!
D.L. Menard, the 'Cajun Hank Williams,' dies at 85: report
Updated on July 28, 2017 at 9:02 AM, Posted on July 27, 2017
By Robert Rhoden,
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Cajun music legend D.L. Menard, who was known as the "Cajun Hank Williams," died Wednesday night (July 26) after a long illness, the Daily Advertiser reported. He was 85.
The jovial Menard, of Erath, was a beloved figure in Cajun music and authored the anthem "The Back Door," which reportedly sold more than 500,000 copies.
He was heavily influenced by Williams and would often talk about meeting the country music legend in 1951 at the Teche Club in New Iberia, the story said.
Menard, a frequent performer at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, wrote and performed "The Back Door" and the song immediately became a hit in 1962, the report said. The French two-step is about sneaking into the house through the back door after a night on the town.