Selwyn Cooper Obituary, Death Notice and Service Information


Selwyn Cooper Obituary, Death  – On the 20th of December, 2023, God communicated with Selwyn and invited him to his heavenly dwelling. His parents, Claude and Olga Cooper, as well as his two brothers, Claude Cooper, Jr. and Delmas Laverne Cooper, as well as his grandparents, Harry Hatcherson and Trilby Jefferson Hatcherson, passed away before Selwyn. A legacy of affection is left behind for those who will cherish Selwyn’s memory. The late Claude Cooper and Olga Hatcherson Cooper welcomed their son Selwyn into the world on January 3, 1954 in Franklin, Louisiana. His confirmation took place at Trinity United Methodist Church in Baldwin, Louisiana, when he was still a young child.

In Baldwin, Louisiana, he received his elementary education at Sager-Brown Elementary School. He received his diploma from Franklin Senior High School in the year 1972. Werlein Music School, located in New Orleans, Louisiana, was his home. After completing his education at Werlein, he went on to earn his certification as a welder by attending welding school in Morgan City, Louisiana.

During his time with McDermott Fabricators in Morgan City, Louisiana, he was employed as a certified welder for a number of years. C.J. Chenier, the son of Clifton Chenier, was one of the musicians he collaborated with in the late 1980s. Rockin’ Dopsie and The Zydeco Twisters were two of Selwyn’s musical partners in the year 1990. During this time period, he was included in the very first commercial for the California Lottery.

In 1994, Selwyn went on to start his own band, which was called The Zydeco Hurricanes. It was for Mardi Gras Records that he released his debut solo album, which was titled “Louisiana Zydeco.” Because of the album’s positive reception, he was able to embark on a lengthy tour campaign. During the year 1999, he collaborated with the “Sound of New Orleans” label to create a new album titled Louisiana Swamp Blues. He also tied the knot with JoAnn Cormier-Cooper in the year 1999. Specifically, he was a contributor to two albums that were awarded the Grammy Award.

The Critics’ Choice award was bestowed upon Selwyn during the Jazz Fest in the year 2005. At the same time that he was performing under the moniker Selwyn Cooper & The Sharecroppers, he recorded a new album in 2007 that was titled Selwyn Vaurice Cooper (SVC) Sound Magic. Together with Buckwheat Zydeco, he made an appearance in the film “Big Easy” in the year 1987. In addition, he contributed his talents to the soundtrack of the film “Delta Heat” by performing with Rockin’ Dopsie’s band.

A number of Louisiana-based zydeco bands took Selwyn on a world tour before he retired from the music industry. A man who was full of affection and generosity, Selwyn was always prepared to offer to those around him. He was held in high esteem. At Trinity United Methodist Church in Baldwin, Louisiana, on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at one o’clock in the afternoon, there will be a Celebration of Life conducted in honor of Selwyn Cooper.

At Trinity United Methodist Church in Baldwin, Louisiana, visitation will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2024, beginning at eleven o’clock in the morning and continuing until the beginning of the celebration. After his passing, Selwyn will be laid to rest at the cemetery of Trinity United Methodist Church in Baldwin, Louisiana.