Iberia

Nov 23, 2012 11:01 AM by Ian Auzenne

Willis Touchet, Fiddler in Touchet Brothers Band, Dies at 86

A member of a legendary Cajun music group has died. Willis Touchet, the fiddler in the Touchet Brothers Band, died Monday in New Iberia at the age of 86.

Touchet played fiddle most of his life and performed with his siblings and other relatives for over 60 years. The Touchets, whose songwriting and musicianship helped shape modern Cajun music, were popular on the regional nightclub and dancehall circuit. Some of their songs, including "Jolie Fille" and "The Life I Thought I Wanted," have been covered by current Cajun musicians, such as Steve Riley and Kevin Naquin. Touchet was honored by the Cajun French Music Association in 2002 for his contributions to Cajun music by bestowing upon him its Pioneer Award.

Pellerin's wake will be held today until 9:00 P. M. at Pellerin Funeral Home in New Iberia. His funeral will be held tomorrow at 11:30 A. M. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

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