Flamboyant music producer Huey Meaux dead at 82

April 25, 2011 2:34:13 AM PDT
Huey P. Meaux, who discovered recording artists Doug Sahm and Barbara Lynn before scandal and prison ended Meaux's career, has died. He was 82. Meaux's nephew, Larry Meaux Jr., says his uncle died Saturday morning of multiple organ failure at his Southeast Texas home in Winnie, about 60 miles east of Houston.

In addition to discovering Barbara Lynn and San Antonio-born singer-songwriter Doug Sahm, Meaux revived the recording career of Freddy Fender. Meaux produced Fender's chart-topper "Before the Next Teardrop Falls".

In 1996, police raided Meaux's studio in Houston and found hundreds of videotapes and photos of him having sex with underage girls. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting a teenage girl and other charges. He was released four years ago.