Leigh Harris Fund
Leigh ‘Little Queenie’ Harris, the pixie powerhouse at the center of New Orleans’ 1970s-80s music landscape is gravely ill. Harris’ husband Rick Ledbetter said that the 64-year-old singer is suffering from late stage breast cancer that has spread to other sites in her body since it was diagnosed in 2016.
She is currently receiving hospice care at the couple’s home in Rural Hall, North Carolina. Chemotherapy to combat the cancer has been discontinued, Ledbetter said. Sadly, Leigh and her husband Rick, are struggling to manage the astronomical bills incurred by years of treatment and are having difficulties meeting their monthly expenses.
Harris is best known as the alluring front woman of Little Queenie and Percolators, a group that bridged the fading hippie era and the burgeoning punk scene in New Orleans. Like a fireworks display, The Percolators exploded brilliantly, but briefly. Their short creative lifespan has made them all the more precious in the Crescent City collective memory. Harris’s signature song “My Darling New Orleans,” is a passionate paean to the uniqueness of her hometown. Though the song is four decades old, it expresses many of the same anti-assimilation instincts that color cultural discussion in the contemporary Crescent City. Harris’s gritty rock and roll stage persona belied her upbringing in genteel Old Metairie. Little Queenie’s sister Sally Harris King recalled that Harris’s showbiz career began in childhood, with parts in backyard plays. Her love of rock and roll was galvanized when, at age 10, she saw the Beatles in City Park. As a teen she audaciously stepped to the mic during a breaks at Jed’s nightclub to perform novelty songs such as Tom Lehrer’s “The Old Dope Peddler.” (Words by Doug MacCash. Read the full article on NOLA.COM)
The Leigh Harris Fund goes directly to helping the family cover expenses relating to Leigh’s care. All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive donation documentation. If you wish to provide a check, please make it out to NOMAF, note ‘Leigh Harris’ in the memo and mail to 1525 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115.