New York Times report: Amédé Ardoin, a Louisiana creole prodigy who melded two music traditions _lowres

Amede Ardoin

Amédé Ardoin died in 1942 at 44 at the Louisiana state pychiatric hospital with little renown at the time, according to a New York Times report.

However, he lived an extraordinary life as one of the greatest accordion players ever heard in south Louisiana. He traveled the countryside playing playing waltzes and two-steps that would change Cajun music and lay down the roots for the emergence of zydeco music, according to the report.

Yet his burial spot remains unknown, just the general vicinity where black patients then were buried -- one among the thousands.

Continue along the trail of Ardoin’s remarkable life at the NYtimes.com.