The week of April 20th marked two significant historical events.
- Posted on Aug 24th 2011 1:00PM by Cameron Matthews
Burt Steel, AP
Croker was a longtime resident of Lake Charles, La., where he played lead guitar for the Ramblers, founded in 1933 by fiddle player Luderin Darbone and accordionist Edwin Duhon.
According to the band's website, Croker employed an electric style to the band's more bayou background, which added a "swaggering honky-tonk tinge" that swayed the band from blues to swampy rockabilly. The Hackberry Ramblers have performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival every year since 1988 and Croker's presence will be sorely missed.
Croker is survived by his wife Nell, five children, four stepchildren and many grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 1PM on Thursday (Aug. 25) at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles.