Acadiana’s soulful music legend Carol Fran, has died

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Carol Fran Death: Obituary,

Acadiana legend Singer, songwriter, and pianist Carol Fran died Wednesday at the age of 87.  Fran had recently been diagnosed with COVID-19. Following her death, an official statement has not been made about her cause of death.

Background and Career

Carol is widely known for how she captures every audience with her storytelling, stage presence, her big heart, and her rare soulful voice that diverts attention.

Fran was born on October 23, 1933, in Lafayette, She began her in her teen as a jump blues singer.

She got married to a saxophone player Bob Francois when she relocated to New Orleans. She took her last stage name from her husband’s name Francois.

John Williams founder of the Blue Monday Mission and a friend said. “In 1953, she was touring the world sharing Louisiana culture with the world, Keep in mind in 1953, 1955, this is a Black woman touring the world sharing that culture.”

Fran had success with her debut single “Emmitt Lee in 1957. The song became a regional hit and gave her the opportunity as a touring singer alongside Guitar Slim.

Carol was not really successful with other singles she releases, which makes her back out to her original club touring circuit.

The 87-year-old sang with superstars like the late Aretha Franklin and also performed with talented Louisiana artists musician Greg Gordon.

Legend had a stroke in 2007, not long after she returned to stage, according to Williams, because backing out was not her theme.

“She was unapologetically herself,” Williams added. “She showed people what it meant to be yourself.”

“She was a beautiful woman, a hard woman,” Williams had said. “In that time and era, she had to be hard, but she taught so much. She taught everybody everything.”