Swamp pop music legend Van Broussard passes

Staff Report

Van Buren Broussard Jr., a music legend known as the King of Swamp Pop, died Nov. 17. He was 83.

Van Broussard

A native of Prairieville, he was a lifelong Ascension Parish resident.

A memorial service was set for Nov. 23 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center Trademart building in Gonzales. A private ceremony and burial was planned for a later date.

In 1997, Broussard was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Broussard’s record label, CSP Records, released a social media post stating “his music will live on forever.”

Influenced by music legends Little Richard and Fats Domino, Broussard’s career spans back to the 1950s. He was known for his danceable hits, such as “Lord, I Need Somebody Bad.”