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Jerry Doucette Obituary, Cause Of Death, Wife, Children

Canadian guitarist, Jerry Doucette, died of cancer on April 18, 2022, at the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner, while surrounded by family. He was aged 70.

He’s perhaps best known for his song Mama Let Him Play from the album with same title, which was certified Platinum in Canada in 1978, as well as hitting the Billboard Top 100.

The South Delta resident’s band, Doucette, won the 1979 Juno for Most Promising Group of the Year.

He was born in Montreal on Sept. 9, 1951, and grew up in Hamilton, Ont., where he began playing guitar at the age of six.

He moved to Vancouver in 1972 and played with The Seeds of Time and The Rocket Norton Band before he was signed as a solo act by the legendary Mushroom Records.

A news release following his passing noted that the title for Doucette’s hit song was inspired by something his dad said when he was growing up.

The elder Doucette, Louis, worked shifts and when he came home to find Jerry practicing the guitar his mother would tell their son to be quiet.

“Mama let him play!” Doucette recalled his father saying. “Later I thought, what a great title. I finished the song in about an hour.”

Doucette released five albums as a solo artist between 1977 and 1999. He continued playing in small venues and clubs in Western Canada until 2018, when heart problems put his performing career on hold.

Jerry Doucette Wife & Children
Doucette is survived by his wife of 43 years, Maggie, as well as five children and 10 grandchildren.

Details regarding a celebration of Jerry’s life will be provided at a later date.