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Acadiana musicians remember Lil Buck Sinegal

Funeral arrangements are pending for ‘Lil Buck Sinegal who died on Monday at the age of 75. While many will never forget his music, they say the man behind the music was just as influential.

Lil Buck Senegal made a name for himself in Acadiana and around the globe.

“How he got the name of Lil Buck is because of his stature. He was greater than most people would be in a giant figure,” John Brousard said.

A father and a mentor to many. Closest to him were the musicians in Acadiana.

“He started my father off with music. He bought my dad his first organ when my dad was about eight or nine years old,” Buckwheat Zydeco Jr, said.

Not only was he musically-inclined, but those closest to him say he was also quite the comic.

“He was as good as a comedian as he was a musician. He had jokes and could sit there for days and tell you jokes and never repeat one,” Corey Ledet said.

Musicians in Acadiana say, from Lil Buck, they learned self-respect, humility and to always fall in love with what they do.

Lee Allen Zeno, who was Lil Buck’s bandmate for many years, hopes that everyone who learned anything from Lil Buck will always remember what he taught them.

“It’s going to be a big big hole there. That hole, I doubt if it can be replaced. It’ll be somebody playing but it will never be the same,” Zeno said.

Those who loved him say he went to mass faithfully at 6:00 a.m. every day and on Sunday mornings.

“I’m going to miss him. He was always like a father and a mentor. A fearless band leader. He was always really nice to me. He treated me real nice. I’m going to miss him dearly,” Greg Gordon said.

Justice Henderson

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