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Jimmy Domengeaux
Jimmy Domengeaux
 Jan 25, 1999
Age 44
Motorcycle Accident 
 

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    Dear Friends, 

I'm sure many of you have already heard. We have very sad news. Jimmy 
Domengeaux was killed early Monday morning, January 25th, in a motorcycle 
accident here in southwestern Louisiana. For the past four years as 
guitarist with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, he was featured in 
performances and recordings heard around the world.  His music career 
stretched back some 38 years, perhaps most notably with the band "Black 
Dog." He also performed with Warren Storm, Cajun Heat, The Gumbo Cajun 
Band, Cheryl Cormier, amongst others. 

Jimmy was a gifted guitarist and a happy spirit. His smile and his high 
voltage solos lit up the stage wherever he played and his dynamic style 
was an intrical part of our sound. He was also a caring friend and a 
brother on the road. We speak not only for the band, but also the music 
community, and fans around the world, in sending our deepest condolences 
to his family in this sad time. He will be sorely missed. 

Jimmy was 44 years old. He is survived by his mother and father Mr. & 
Mrs. Murphy Domengeaux, sisters Letty Darbone, Judy Theriot and Nancy 
Baham, brother Jackie Domengeaux and daughter Javen Domengeaux, age 9. 

The wake will begin Tuesday January 26 at 12:30 PM at Pellerin's Funeral 
Home, 211 Berard Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517 tel (318) 332-2199. The 
wake will continue overnight until the funeral, which will be at 11:00 AM 
on Wednesday January 27th at St. Bernard's Church in Breaux Bridge. 

The family has asked that anyone wishing to make donations (for a trust 
that will be set up for Jimmy's daughter Javen) please send to: Murphy or 
Annie Domengeaux, 210 East Bridge Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517. 

For all of you who have called and written, the band appreciates your 
thoughts in this hard time. We will be sure to bring all your responses 
to Jimmy's family. I don't think they really realize what an impact he 
made on people all over the world. 

-Peter Schwarz 
Management for Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys 
http://www.rounder.com/mamouplayboys.html 
 

 
 
Some sad Cajun-related news today was the death of Jimmy Domengeaux, guitarist with Steve Riley's band. (Steve Riley is probably the "hottest" of the young traditional Cajun accordionists.)  Jimmy Domengeaux  was killed  in a hit and run accident while riding his motorcycle. I believe it was  on the same highway on which the late great accordionist Iry LeJeune died.  ~Blair K. 
 
    He was coming home from some clubs with a friend on 
    his motorcycle about 4:30 one morning - he wasn't drunk - he was on his way 
    to his favorite restaurant, the Waffle House.  His friend was riding behind 
    on another motorcycle behind him, and saw Jimmy wobble and fall over.  He 
    said it looked like there was something wrong with the bike.  He passed 
    Jimmy up, and said Jimmy was rolling and looked like he would be okay.  But 
    he didn't get out of the way fast enough, and the two cars behind him ran 
    over him.  Neither one stopped. ~Donna U.
 
 
       
 

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