Blanche Thomas would’ve turned 98 years old today but she left this earth at the tender age of 54. She was a bombastic performer who first took to the stage as a 14 year old girl who was itching to make her mark on the New Orleans music scene.

My social circle includes a group of elderly men who were born and raised in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans 6th Ward. They always get excited when talk to turns towards Ms Thomas, and her wild youth spent commanding the stages of our city’s nightclubs.

rl reeves jr on Blanche Thomas

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