Smokestack Lightnin' Home Page -- The Blues Profile Page
Beau Jocque (born Andrus J. Espree, November 1, 1953 - September 10, 1999) was an American Zydeco musician active in the 1990s.
Beau Jocque is known for his gruff vocals, his fusion of many musical styles onto Zydeco, and above all, for the powerful energy of his rhythm and sound. Backed by the Hi-Rollers, he became one of the top dance-hall acts of his musical decade.
Beau Jocque died in the shower of a heart attack at the height of his
career. He is buried in Saint Matildas Cemetery, Eunice, Louisiana.
A large man (6'6" and 270 pounds) he took the stage name "Beau Jocque," which is Louisiana Creole for "Big Guy." After only a few years, he had revolutionized the Zydeco scene, adding funk and rock elements with his band, the Hi-Rollers. His lifestyle caught up with him, however, and after only a few years of regional stardom he died of a heart attack in 1999.