Swamp pop legend and trumpet player G.G. Shinn has passed away after a long illness at his home in Monroe. Shinn was 78-years-old.
Louisiana Music Hall of Fame executive director Michael Shepherd says Shinn was one of the nicest people in show business and had a great voice.
"In the old days he would do 'You lost that Loving Feeling" both parts, and do both parts well, the high and the low, he had an incredible high range," Shepherd said.
Shepherd says Shinn played with several different groups like Chase, Roller Coasters and the Fabulous Boogie Kings.
"G.G. is one of those guys who loved to sing, if he went some place where a band sounded pretty good, he'd say can I play and sometimes play the trumpet," Shepherd said.
Shinn had a club in Lafayette. He also played at dance halls in St. Martinville and Opelousas. Last year he performed at Festival International in Lafayette and was a regular at the annual Ponderosa Stomp music festival in New Orleans. Shepherd says Shinn was born to entertain.
"There's cats out there who can sing as high as G.G and can sing soul and Swamp Pop like G.G, but they are missing the stage presence," Shinn said.
(photo courtesy of Louisiana Music Hall of Fame)