LOUISE "LOU" (JACKSON) DOYLE -
01:00 AM EST on
Monday, October 27, 2003
LOUISE "LOU" (JACKSON) DOYLE, 91, of 500 Wilbur Ave., a
songwriter, musician and retired teacher, died Saturday at
Clifton Rehabilitative Nursing Center.
She was the wife of the late Robert A. Doyle. Born in Fall
River, a daughter of the late Ernest and Jessie (Casey)
Jackson, she had previously lived in Tiverton, Providence,
Virginia, and Fall River for many years, and in Somerset for
Her work chronicled the highs and lows of a musician who
subordinated a career to a husband and five children.
Using the gender-neutral "Lou," she sent rough "lead
sheets" of her music to great band leaders, including Tommy
Dorsey and Enoch Light. Their letters encouraged her to come
to New York, and she ventured out once or twice before
her agoraphobia and a nervous breakdown prevented her from traveling.
From the mid-1950s, she sent taped piano renditions and
typed lyrics. About about 700 performances of her more than
170 songs survive on cassette tape. They were discovered in
1992, when she moved to Clifton, and were compiled into three
Mrs. Doyle published her first CD in 1998. She made an
appearance on a popular Newport music show, where host Saucy Sylvia
performed several of Mrs. Doyle's tunes.
The Fall River Herald News published a column noting that
if she had not moved to Clifton, and if the founder of the
center, Clifton Greenwood, had not been a supporter of the
arts for his residents, her music might have gone unheard.
Greenwood allowed her to bring her Spinet into a dayroom,
and she often played for the other residents. After the
release of her CD, 50 of her songs were posted on her Web
A graduate of Bridgewater State Teachers College, she
taught elementary school in Somerset many years ago.
She leaves three sons, Robert O. Doyle of Cambridge, Mass.,
Michael Doyle of Warwick and Christopher Doyle in Missouri;
two daughters, Linda Giordano of Florence, Ala., and Susanna
Doyle of Melrose, Mass.; a sister, Paula L. Doherty of
Tiverton; 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; and
nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Rosalie
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from Auclair
Funeral Home, 690 South Main St., Fall River, with a graveside
service at 11 in Pocasset Hill Cemetery, Tiverton.