Pioneering DJ Art Laboe’s Cause of Death Revealed
Today we are so sad to announce, the pioneering DJ credited with helping end segregation in Southern California Art Laboe’s cause of death was revealed after he passed away on October 8, 2022, at the age of 97.
We send our deepest sympathies to the artist’s family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones during the heartbreaking period. May he rest in peace.
Laboe’s final show was created last week and broadcast Sunday night.
The beloved DJ is well known for helping end segregation in Southern California by organizing live DJ shows at drive-in eateries that attracted whites, Blacks, and Latinos who danced to rock-n-roll and shocked an older generation still listening to Frank Sinatra and Big Band music.
Laboe is additionally credited with coining the “oldies, but goodies” phrase. In 1957, he kicked off Original Sound Record, Inc. and in 1958, released the compilation album “Oldies But Goodies: Vol. 1,” which stayed on Billboard’s Top 100 chart for 183 weeks.
He later developed a strong after among Mexican Americans for hosting the syndicated “The Art Laboe Connection Show.” His baritone voice invited listeners to call in dedications and request a 1950s-era rock-n-roll love ballad or a rhythm and blues tune from Alicia Keys.
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Art Laboe’s Cause of Death Was Disclosed
Art Laboe’s cause of death was revealed soon after his death. Official sources announced that the pioneering DJ lost his life on Friday night after catching pneumonia.
Our team does not confirm any rumors about the news, though you can be sure that we are attempting our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible; but do not forget that family privacy should be respected.
His radio shows gave the families of incarcerated loved ones, in particular, a platform to speak to their relatives by dedicating songs and sending heartfelt messages and updates. California and Arizona inmates would send in their own dedications and ask Laboe for updates from the family.
It’s a role Art said he felt honored to play. “I don’t judge,” Laboe stated in a 2018 interview with The Associated Press at his Palm Springs studio.
“I like people.” He often told a story about a woman who came by the studio so her toddler could tell her father, who was serving time for a violent crime, “Daddy, I love you.” “It was the first time he had heard his baby’s voice,” Laboe claimed. “And this tough, hard-nosed guy burst into tears.”
Anthony Macias, a University of California, Riverside ethnic studies professor, said the music he played went with the dedication enhancing the messages. For example, songs like Little Anthony & the Imperials’ “I’m on the Outside (Looking In)” and War’s “Don’t Let No One Get You Down” spoke of perseverance and desire to be accepted.