Louisiana Music, Musicians and Singers


No U.S. state can match Louisiana’s musical legacy. It is the birthplace of jazz music, the indigenous home of Cajun and zydeco music and it played key roles in the history and evolution of American blues, country and rock and roll music.

Influential Musicians from Louiisiana

The state has dozens of famous musicians and singers, spanning many decades. Here are a few names that come quickly to mind ...

  • Pete Fountain
  • Lous Armstrong
  • Fats Domino
  • Irma Thomas
  • The Dixie Cups
  • Wayne Toups
  • Kermit Ruffins at Tipitina's in New Orleans Kermit Ruffins at Tipitina's in New Orleans
    Wynton Marsalis
  • Clifton Chenier
  • Aaron Neville
  • Trace Adkins
  • Al Hirt
  • Professor Longhair
  • Michael Doucet
  • Allen Toussaint
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Lee Dorsey
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Branford Marsalis
  • Ernie K-Doe
  • The Neville Brothers
  • Zachary Richard
  • Louis Prima
  • The Dukes of Dixieland
  • Dr. John
  • Clarence "Frogman" Henry
  • Kermit Ruffins
  • Harold Baptiste


Musical interlude in front of St. Louis Cathedral in the New Orleans French Quarter
Musical interlude in front of St. Louis Cathedral in the New Orleans French Quarter
(Photograph courtesy of LouisianaTravel.com)

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Cajun and Zydeco Music in Louisiana
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