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Gib Guilbeau (1937 - 2016)

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Gib Guilbeau (1937 - 2016)

Gib Guilbeau, the Cajun musician and veteran songwriter from Louisiana, died April 12. He was 78.

His death was announced by The Burrito Brothers band via Facebook. No cause of death was immediately available.

“Gib was a beautiful guy. Great singer and songwriter,” the group wrote, noting that Guilbeau was a member “of the last of the early wave (1968-75) of Flying Burrito Brothers. … It was an honor to play a couple of times with him. Thoughts and prayers go out to Ronnie and the rest of the Guilbeau family. Thanks, Gib, for the music!”

Guilbeau joined Flying Burrito Brothers about seven years after former Byrds members Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman founded the West Coast country rock band.

Before joining the Flying Burrito Brothers, Guilbeau played in the group Swampwater, Linda Ronstadt’s backing band following the breakup of the Stone Poneys.

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Guilbeau’s songs include “Louisiana Rain,” “I Ain’t Worth the Powder,” “She’s Got a Honky Tonk Heart” with co-writer John Beland, “Sweet Susannah,” and “Your Gentle Ways of Loving Me,” with co-writer Gary S. “Flip” Paxton. Guilbeau also contributed to the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s 1972 film, “Boxcar Bertha.”

Artists who have covered Guilbeau’s songs include Ricky Nelson, Bobby Womack, Rod Stewart, and the fiddler Doug Kershaw, a fellow Cajun singer-songwriter from Louisiana.

He was born Floyd August Guilbeau Sept. 26, 1937, in Sunset, Louisiana, to a musical family. He began playing the fiddle as a young teenager.

His first band, Four Young Men, released a top-five country hit, “You’re the Reason,” after singer Bobby Edwards joined the band. The song also reached No. 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1961.

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