Dave Bartholomew, a jewel in the crown of rock n’ roll’s “golden era” has died.

He was there at the beginning, writing, co-writing, playing on, and producing dozens of rock’s early hits: “I’m Walkin’,”, “Walking to New Orleans,”” Blue Monday,” “Ain’t That A Shame,” “I Hear You Knockin’,” “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.”

Bartholomew was 100-years old when he passed away earlier this week, less than a month after the death of another New Orleans legend, Dr. John, most famous for “Right Place, Wrong Time” (summer, 1973), a talented, creative bona fide original who also contributed to the soundtrack of our lives…

…as did Roky Erickson, who has also recently died. Roky formed and starred in the 13th Floor Elevators, who hit it big in 1966 with “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” an intense rocker that has since become a garage band/psychedelic classic–and which sounds as fresh as ever.