Local musician Lenny McDaniel dies at 65

01:00 January 01, 1970
By: Staff

On Friday New Orleans lost native R&B musician Lenny McDaniel to kidney failure. McDaniel was a repeat performer at Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest and venues throughout New Orleans, including Snug Harbor, Le Bon Temps Roulé and The Bombay Club, where he played a regular gig in the early 2000s.

McDaniel began playing backup for local legends like Aaron Neville and Earl King while in high school and was a member of a variety of bands in the 1970s. In addition to playing guitar, bass, and piano, McDaniel wrote much of the material he performed as a vocalist.

Moving to Los Angeles in the 1980s, McDaniel worked as a session musician, but he returned to New Orleans and began releasing solo albums in the 1990s. His single “Rosa” was a hit in France, and he performed four shows in the famous Olympia Hall and toured around Europe. In 1997 his song “Tired Angels” was voted song of the year by Offbeat Magazine. 

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