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Blakeview: Harry Connick Jr. 

This week, singer and New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr. will serve as Loyola University's commencement speaker and earn an honorary doctor of music degree. While Connick's career has taken him around the world, we remember the role his parents played in his early musical upbringing through the record shop they owned in Lakeview called Studio A. The record shop opened in the late 1950s on Marshall Foch Street (across from what now is Susan Spicer's Mondo restaurant and adjacent to Bob Roth's Steak Knife Restaurant). Harry Connick Sr. and his wife Anita were newlyweds who had just returned home from Morocco, where the senior Connick worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The store supported the couple through law school. After about 10 years, they left that business to open a law firm. After their two children (Suzanna and Harry Jr.) were born, Harry Sr. became a public defender, then a federal prosecutor. He was elected Orleans Parish District Attorney in 1973 and served until 2003. In 1979, Anita Connick was elected judge of First City Court. She died in 1981.

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