Renowned Louisiana songwriter and musician David Egan has died, according to The Daily Advertiser. The Lafayette piano player, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer for a second time, was 61 years old.
Mr. Egan was one of the state's most well-respected songwriters, penning tracks that were performed by Etta James, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, Tab Benoit, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Marc Broussard, Joe Cocker and others.
Mr. Egan grew up in Shreveport, but he left Louisiana to attend college at the University of North Texas, where he studied jazz and composition. He later landed in Nashville, where he served as a tour guide while struggling to make ends meet as a songwriter.
But it didn't exactly work out just then, and he returned to Shreveport to join the north Louisiana band A-Train and eventually went out on tour with Jo-El Sonnier. By 1990, he'd settled in Lafayette as part of File, according to a 2006 story by music writer Keith Spera for The Times-Picayune.