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Robert Charles Guidry was born on February 21, 1938 and died on January 14, 2010, when he collapsed at home. He will forever be known as the originator of “See you later alligator”. When he was 15 he became familiar with the music of Fats Domino and decided to pursue music as a career. He led a local group called The Cardinals. Unlike many, he was lucky enough to write a hit for his idol (“Walking to New Orleans”) as well as hits for Clarence Frogman Henry (“But I do”). In the 1990s Fats Domino recorded a duet of Walking with him. His home was destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005 and he moved back to his birth town.