Ned Theall is best known as the longtime band leader of The Fabulous Boogie Kings,
the legendary hall of fame, “blue-eyed” soul band. He led the Boogie Kings from the
1950s through their most recent performance on New Year’s Eve 2010. For over 60 years,
he worked tirelessly and dedicated his life to a body of work that will not soon be
duplicated or surpassed. Besides his family, his love of music and his incomparable
talent lent itself to the genius that was Ned Theall. Through his horn, sax
was his gift to the fans and musicians worldwide that he touched and inspired along
the way. He wrote such songs as “Philly Walk” and “I Love That Swamp Pop Music.”
He will be remembered as one of the greatest Louisiana musicians in history.
He truly was “The Boogie King.”
A native of Abbeville and a longtime resident of New Iberia, Mr. Theall
died Friday, January 8, 2010 at 8:20 p.m. in a Lafayette hospital.
Mr. Theall was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Military rites will be conducted by the U.S. Air Force.