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Belton Richard, one of the most influential and widely admired musicians in the history of Cajun music, died June 21, 2017, after being hospitalized with pneumonia. His wide ranging legacy will certainly live on in his dozens and dozens of popular recordings of the songs he wrote that have been covered by just above every current Cajun band and also in the voices of Cajun singers influenced by his contemporary vocal styling that so enriched the Cajun tradition.

Belton has now joined the heavenly realm that he celebrated in one of his most famous songs, "Le paradis des musiciens."

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