James "Glen" Croker, lead vocalist and guitarist for the well known Hackberry Ramblers has passed away. The lead singer for the Grammy-nominated band died Tuesday at the age of 77.

Drummer and last surviving band member Ben Sandmel said James “Glen” Croker, a lifelong resident of Lake Charles, had been in declining health for several years and that his family thought he had a heart attack.

Sandmel said Croker began playing with the band in 1959. The band’s website said Croker’s electric guitar helped evolve the band’s string-band sound, by adding a “swaggering honky-tonk tinge” that included elements of the blues, R&B and rockabilly.

The band was founded in 1933 by fiddler Luderin Darbone and accordionist Edwin Duhon.

The group last performed in 2005 at LSU’s Manship Theatre.

Their 1997 release “Deep Water” garnered a Grammy nomination in the best traditional/folk album category.

Source: AP

Mr. Croker's arrangements are at Johnson's Funeral Home and are as follows:

Visitation:

  • Wednesday Aug. 24 from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Rosary at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday Aug. 25, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Service:

  • Thursday August 25, 2011 at 1 pm at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel

Burial:

A true legend in Cajun Music and he will be missed.