Albert Lavada "Dr. Hepcat" Durst

Vocals, Piano

Date of Birth:  January 9, 1913    Austin, TX

Date of Death:  October 31, 1995    Austin, TX

Place of Burial:  Cook-Walden Capital Parks

                          14501 North IH-35

                          Pflugerville, TX 78660

Has Marker:  Yes

Grave Location:  Section O

                           30° 26' 9" N / 97° 39' 59" W


Dr. Hepcat, Hattie Green / Hepcat's Boogie, Uptown (U-201)

Robert Shaw / Lavada Durst / Whistlin' Alex Moore, Giants Of Texas Country Blues Piano, Wolf Records (120.629 CD)

Texas Piano Professors - Dr. Hepcat, Grey Ghost, Erbie Bowser, Catfish Records (CTF 1002)

Houston Might Be Heaven: Rockin' R&B In Texas 1947-1951, JSP Records (JSP 7785)


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Cohn, Lawrence. Nothing But the Blues. New York: Abbeville Press, 1993.

Durst, Lavada. The Jives Of  Dr. Hepcat. Self-published. Accessed May 7, 2017.

Fritz, Jose. “Calling Doctor Hep Cat,” Accessed May 7, 2017.

Gart, Galen and Roy C. Ames. Duke/Peacock Records: An Illustrated History with Discography. Milford, NH: Big Nickel Publications, 1990.

Govenar, Alan. “The Blues and Jives of Dr. Hepcat,” Corners of Texas, Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1993, pp. 239-245.

______. Meeting the Blues – The Rise of the Texas Sound. New York: Da Capo Press, 1995.

______. Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008.

Greensmith, Bill, Mike Rowe, and Mark Camarigg. Blues Unlimited. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015.

Isay, David and Harvey Wang. Holding On. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1996.

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Minutaglio, Bill. In Search Of The Blues. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010.

Oliver, Paul. Blues Off the Record. New York: Da Capo Press, 1984.

Pickle, Jake and Peggy Pickle. Jake. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997.

Templeton, Roy. “Lavada Durst aka Dr. Hepcat,” Blues & Rhythm, number 105, 1995, p. 22.

Weiss, Peter Okie. “Jive That Anyone Can Dig: Lavada “Dr. Hepcat” Durst and the Desegregation of Radio in Central Texas, 1948-1963,”

     Masters Thesis, University of Texas at Austin, 2012.

     MASTERSREPORT-2012.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y. Accessed April 30, 2017.

Wilson, Eddie and Jesse Sublett. Armadillo World Headquarters. Austin: TSSI Publishing, 2017.

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