Lawrence “Blackie” Fruge (1930-2015) and the Hicks Wagon Wheel Ramblers
Lawrence “Blackie” Fruge, a long-time Cajun musician and a leader of the Hicks Wagon Wheel Ramblers, died April 6, 2015, at the age of 84. He played fiddle most of his life. According to Hall of Fame directory published by the Lake Charles chapter of the Cajun French Music Association, he played with Lawrence Fruge and the Country Playboys, Roy Fuselier and the Midnight Serenaders, Euless Deshotels and the Louisiana Rhythm, the Clement Brothers, Amada Adams and the Crowley Playboys, Ronald Fruge and the Cajun Kings, Bobby Leger and the Lake Charles Playboys, and his own band, the Hicks Wagon Wheel Ramblers.

He and his son Paul co-wrote “Who Holds You Close,” which received a CFMA Song of the Year nomination in 2000 with Paul Fruge doing the vocals. It’s on the Hicks Wagon Wheel Ramblers’ Lanor Records CD “Ramblin’ Back in Time” {with William LaBouve on accordion) and on the Acadiana Records CD “Rolling On” (with Milfred Simon on accordion). According to Lake Charles CFMA chapter Hall of Fame directory, Blackie Fruge was the vocalist on recordings of “Black Bayou Special,” “Don’t Forget Me,” “Let’s Change the Year,” “Father’s Day Waltz,” “Chere Petite Fille,” “and “Heart Break Two-Step.”

This photo set includes a few photos I previously uploaded along with a few other archived photos.

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