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Died On This Date (March 6, 2011) Herman Ernest / Drummer For Dr. John

Posted by themusicsover on March 6, 2011

Herman Ernest
August 12, 1951 – March 6, 2011

Herman Ernest was a respected New Orleans drummer who, over the course of his career appeared on countless records including those with the likes of Kermit Ruffins, Shemekia Copeland, Jeremy Davenport, and Dr. John.   Ernest, who was also known as “Roscoe” to friends and fans, called his hard-hitting style of drumming, “diesel funk.”  He spent many years playing with Dr. John – appearing 0n numerous albums over the past two decades as well as on stage as part of his Lower 911 Band.    His last appearance with him was on December 30, 2010.    Herman Ernest died on March 6, 2011 following a long battle with cancer.  He was 59.

6 Responses to “Died On This Date (March 6, 2011) Herman Ernest / Drummer For Dr. John”

  1. Diane Wyckoff Edwards said

    dob 8/12/51

  2. wahhhhh…happy birthday to one of the funniest dudes I have ever had the good luck to know. I tell you one thing, Diane Wyckoff Edwards…dat man made an indelible mark on those who shared him for such a short period of time. Man, I miss him so much. He was so good with life, pointing out the obvious, doling out advice. He was loyal (I was going to say to a fault, but that does not apply…he truly loved people & held friends intensely close. AND…again…he was one of the funniest muthafuckas I have ever run across.

  3. Hey…that tagline said "THE MUSIC'S OVER"…oh, hell…that is so NOT true. Herman's music lives on forever…through recordings, through those coming up behind him, carrying the torch, through memories. You know he's somewhere jumpin' in pockets with cats like Tommy Ridgely, Eddie Bo, Raymond Myles, Uncle Lionel, this list goes on. Gotta be slammin'!

  4. HEllava drummer. RIP

  5. Marvin Ernest said

    The Best That Ever Done It!!!

  6. Thank you for his DOB, Diane.

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