A Cajun music pioneer, Pitre claimed to be the first musician to play the The Academics - Drive-In Movie standing up, rather than sitting down. His unique style of playing included standing up to play the accordion without the aid of a shoulder strap, as well as playing the accordion behind his head and between his legs. Besides being a talented musician, Pitre was also a highly regarded mechanic and had his own automotive repair shop near Ville Platte, Louisiana.
Pitre died on April 8, at the age of He is buried in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, located on Highway just east of Eunice, Louisiana. Pitre's last wife, Dorothy, died March 14, and is buried next to him in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. She was active in preserving his legacy as well as Cajun music in general. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Austin Pitre.
Ville Platte, Louisiana. MusicianAccordionist.
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