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March 09, 2022


Horace and Chantelle Trahan


Thank you so much sharing this story with the world. I never met Grandpa Elliot, but I love his music and his spirit. Chantelle and I first saw the Playing For Change’s video of “Stand By Me” a few years back, and immediately fell in love with it. Grandpa Elliot has a huge impression on my memory when thinking about that video, or Playing For Change in general. It seems like the two names just go together. He will be missed.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr.

So good to hear from you, Horace,
Grandpa Elliott was the real deal, never full of himself as he became popular. Here was this legend, sitting on a milk crate in front of Rouse’s, who chatted with anyone who wanted to talk with him.
The Stand By Me video and all the songs played by the Playing For Change Band are full of energy, love, and the positivity of the human spirit. Much like Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express.
Keep on keeping on,
PT from Boston

Rubia Solis

A really fine tribute Paul. I actually didn’t know that you had shared time with him but I shouldn’t be surprised. Actually, I’m not surprised! I always love how you appreciate every type of music and the human beings that make it happen. It’s obviously what makes your heart sing.

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