Music Box

Status: Closed

Parish: Ascension

Location: Gonzales

Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge: Country fiddler Bob Henderson opened the club after years of touring as a sideman playing music with Hank Thompson, Bob Wills, George Jones, and Lefty Frizell. : “In 1960 Bob left the road and opened the Music Box, a club in Gonzalez, Louisiana. Starting from scratch, he built a club and dancehall that became known throughout Louisiana, had multiple bandstands, and would ac- commodate as many as two thousand people. Playing whatever instrument was needed, whether it was fiddle, piano, drums, guitar, or any other coun- try instrument, he helped with the entertainment. Top-billed acts included Willie Nelson, Ace Cannon, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boots Randolph, Ernest Tubb, Mickey Gilley, and Loretta Lynn, to name a few. In 1982, in an effort to entertain the Òolder folks,Ó Bob started Sunday after- noon ÒSenior Citizen DancesÓ at the Music Box. These lasted until his death in 1996.”

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