(Bed & Breakfasts)
Oct. 17, 2006
Ernest "Man" Abshire
"Man" began playing music at the age of
12. He played the drums and sang. He played with the first
Cajun Band on television out of the city of Lafayette, La. Mr.
Abshire wrote and/or recorded such songs as "One Scotch, One Bourbon,
One Beer" and "Flames of Hell." He represented the
state of Louisiana at the Folk Festival in Washington, D. C.
Leo started playing the violin at the age of seven and now
he is a self-accomplished violinist. He has toured around the world
twice with his music. He has performed for the queen of
England. He teaches violin at universities across the United States
and abroad. The Cajun Music Assoc., Lake Charles Chapter inducted
him into the "CFMA HALL OF FAME" on November 8, 1998.
His dynamic accordion playing spanned the History of Cajun
Music. Nathan reflected in the great infusion of Blues in t he Cajun
Music. Many of his songs bear titles such as SERVICE BLUES, FRENCH
BLUES, and the Great PINE GROVES BLUES. His first recording was on
the RCA's BLUEBIRD label in 1935. Nathan's PINE GROVE BLUES,
recorded in 1949 for the O. T. Label was a regional hit.
As the son of a paper mill worker born in
Springhill, La. he was a former Gospel Singer. In 1997 he won the
Academy of Country Music's new Male Vocalist title. Trace has
appeared four times on the ABC-TV's "Politically
Incorrect." Touring like a long-haul truck driver. He
performed live before more than Two Milli9on Fans since 1996.
A singer, Songwriter, Publisher, Author (3 books) one of
which is in movie negotiating stages, record producer. Allan, to
this date, has released a combined total of one hundred twenty-five
Singles, Albums, CDs and compilations Worldwide. His Cajun flavor
recording of "PROMISED LAND" went Gold in 1995.
His music would make women cry and men stop
fighting. Amede, a black Creole accordionist considered by many to
be the godgather of cajun music and zydeco. The song "Quoi
Faire" is a 1920's Ardoin original. He recorded French tunes of
broken love affairs. He recorded French Solo songs for Decca Records
in New York City.
Sometimes called "The Ambassador of Jazz" Louis
was the first jass artist to tour Europe. In 1922 he joined the
Creole Jazz Band in Chicago as second Cornetist.
At the age of seven he bought his first real horn. It has been said
that Armstrong used his horn like a singer's voice and his voice like a
Dewey was fervent activist for the preservation of Cajun
music and culture, and contributed greatly to the revival of Cajun pride
in the late 1960's and early 1970's. He recorded memorable songs
like "Drunkard's Sorrow Waltz" and "Parlez-nous a Boire"
and appeared on the Swallow label. Balfa's cultural pursuits
garnered him the National Heritage Award.
Dave helped develop and define the sound of Rhythm &
Blues in the Fifties. He was a man of many talents: Band
Leader, Trumpet Player, Songwriter, Producer, Arranger, Talent Scout and
more. Dave was largely responsible for shaping the rhythmic
orientation of that city into a sound everyone would come to know as Rock
10/5/1950 - 10/12/2000
Ralph made a name for himself both in Louisiana and
elsewhere with his routines
which poked fun at both himself and the cajun culture. "He loved to
make people laugh." Ralph's trade-mark was the paid of Red Tennis
Shoes he wore on stage. He was known as the "Red Tanny Shoe Man."
Cedric was first introduced to the music of
Hank Williams at the age of four. He incorporates a mean Cajun
Squeeze Box (Accordion) to a twist of Cajun, a touch of Zydeco and a dab
of good ole Southern Rock-N-Roll with a variety of the Spice of Life.
As a young boy Shirley played a box guitar
and then a steel guitar. He had a very high pitched voice which
represented Cajun singing at its best. He was also a very
distinguished songwriter. All of the songs the "Veteran
Playboys" recorded were written by Shirley.
Singer and songwriter Rod hosted his own
live music radio program. His most popular recordings are "This
Should Go On Forever" 1958; "One More
Chance"-1962. "The Frost" became a national hit and
led to Bernard's appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand in
1959. Labels on which he recorded include Jin and LaLouisianne.
Former school principal turned Motivational Speaker,
Author and Cajun Humorist who delights audiences with funny stories of
"Ole Boudreaux." Ole Boudreaux shares the basis for
building a strong sense of Self-Esteem.
Daniel "Bubba" Boudreaux
Bubba started playing music at the age of 10. The
first band he played with was the DOWNBEATS. The keyboard has
been his life and Bubba has shared some good music with many people.
At the age of 13 his parents drove him to his gigs and they would wait
outside all night for him
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Publisher and
Author. She has recorded three CD's. At the age of three years she
was singing for the public. In 1992 CFMA honored her for BEST
SINGLE. In 1994 and 1996 she was named FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
by CFMA. She has her own record label called "Boudreaux
Records." Her title is "Louisiana's (La.) Rose."
He made his way to New York and was soon dancing on
Broadway in the original production of Cole Porter's hit musical
"Kiss Me Kate" and several of Judy Garland's Specials.
Breaux eventually moved into Choreographing. His first movie venture
was "Mary Poppins", and perhaps his best.
Van played Dixieland music around Ascension Parish until
1954 when after hearing Elvis' early songs, he switched to rhythm and
blues music. In doing so, Van contributed to the formation of
"Swamp Pop" music (or Bayou Boogie as he called
it). He has recorded for the Rex, Red Stick, Bayou Boogie and CSP
(1952 - 2000)
He captured the hearts here and abroad. He served as
an Ambassador for Acadiana. He was an accomplished trumpeter who led
the Creole Zydeco Snap Band, and performed with such respected artists as
Al Green, Isaac Hayes. He also contributed on Clifton Chenier's
Grammy-winning Alligator album "I'm Here." He was also
known as the "THE CROWD PLEASER."
Rex started playing the harmonica at the age of eleven and
went on to learn to play guitar, accordion and drums. His career
started on the road playing the accordion and singing as a one-man band
for a Drive-In Theater. His variety of music has made him one of the
most sought after drum player in Louisiana.
As a teenager, Bobby penned numerous rhythm and blues
tunes, including "Later Alligator." This he recorded in
1955 for the Chess Label of Chicago. He went on to write the hit
"Walking to New Orleans" in 1960. Importantly, he helped
to pioneer the Swamp Pop sound by contributing numerous classic
compositions to the genre.
"One of the most original performers in American
Music today" (Gambit)
Boozo is a man of many titles. He is the modern master of zydeco as
well as the undisputed King of at least the Single-Note and Triple-Note
accordion. Boozo is undeniably a living legend in American music.
Crowned the "King of Zydeco", Clifton diversified the
old-school accordion and rub-board music by adding horns and a rhythmic
core of bass and drums. In his entire career he was known as the
best performer and chief innovator of the Gulf Coast's most danceable and
infectious music. "Les Zydeco Sont Pas Salé" and "ÉCOUTE"
were written by Chenier himself.
"La Reine Cadjine" (The Cajun Queen) taught
herself to play the accordion at the age of six by sneaking her father's
accordion while he was working in the fields farming. Winner of the
1989 "Maison de Bal" contest (24 bands competed), also in 1989
she won the CFMA's Cajun Music Award for best "45" recording of
"Mon Coeur et mon Amour."
In 1972 Pierre Daigle wrote and had published "Tears,
Love and Laughter," the story of Cajuns and their music. In
1989 Pierre was awarded "Song of the Year" award by CFMA for his
song "La Lumière dans ton Châssis" (The Light in Your
Window). In 1996l he was awarded "The Heritage Award" by
Thelma Jeanise Daigle
She laughs as her own jokes. In 1989 a friend call
her and said she and a group of women called "The Cajun Ladies"
wanted her to enter a Cajun Joke telling contest. She did well enough
that the Liberty Theater called her to perform there. Thelma has
traveled to Quebec, Canada to perform at a festival to do her act in
French in a small town called "Trois Pistoles" for the "Festival of Big
No doubt the oldest existing Cajun Music Group, the
Hackberry Ramblers, were founded in 1930 by fiddler Luderin. He
pioneered the first Cajun string band music, combining traditional Cajun
music with the new "Western Swing" sound from Texas. He
first recorded in 1935 and his more notable works included "Quitter
la Maison" and the "Cajun Crawl."
Ernie K. Doe
Ernie grew to enjoy singing through his stints with
various gospel groups. He recorded as a solo with labels such as
Herald and Specialty and came up with a regional hit "Hello My
Lover" in 1959. His other song, "Mother-In-Law"
became a huge hit in the spring of 1961.
Born a musician, his mother said he was trying to sing
before he could talk. Camey recorded his first record while working
at radio station KAJN. He has recorded several 45's, five albums,
and one CD. Probably Camey's best known song, which touched many
hearts, is "Mom I'm Still Your Little Boy."
"Tee" Paul Duhon
A virtuoso on bones, Tee Paul began his
career with "Ribs", not bones. Another highlight of his
career was playing with Roy Acuff on the Grand Ole Opry. He prefers
Zydeco, but he also plays Country and Cajun Music. While cruising
aboard an ocean liner in 1985 and 1986, he won First Place trophies.
(1900 - 1965)
Joe Falcon is historically known as the musician/singer
who brought Cajun music into prominence. His popular recording of
"Allons à Lafayette" with "The Waltz That Carried Me To My
Grave" on the reverse side, on Columbia Records in 1928, opened the recording door of
opportunity for countless members of Cajun musicians in the ensuing years.
Frankie sang his way to Rock-N-Roll immortality in 1959
with the mega hit "Sea Cruise." That song has become one
of the greatest Rock-N-Roll classics of all time. The tag line
"OOH-WEE, OOH-WEE, BABY" is one of the most recognizable in all
of popular music.
His first accordion was a Sterling. In 1957, he
played his first job for money in Houston, Texas for an oil company.
Musician friends helped him and gave him his first start. This
company wanted a Name for advertisement purposes, so Blackie came up with
the name "Blackie Forestier's Cajun Aces."
Bob took his first trombone lesson in 1942 at Cathedral
High School, Lafayette, La. When Bob was 15 years old he played at
the Cedar Lane Club in Opelousas, La. He won several Louisiana Music
Educators Association's Awards for solo trombone performances while in
high school. He is now playing "The Music of Yesteryears."
Oran "Doc" Guidry
The first band he played with at the age of fourteen was
the "Joe Fabacher's Band". Doc's first song he recorded
was "Allon a La Que de Tortue." He played for several
years with the Happy Fat's Band, "The Rayne-Bo Ramblers."
He formed his own band, "Doc and the Sons of the
Cajuns." His first recording was in Dallas, Texas in the
year 1934 on the Decca Label.
This Redneck Cajun's wholesome, uplifting humor is founded
in a unique love and understanding of the Cajun way of life. While
he is happiest in front of a live audience, he is also one of Cajun World's
best loved writer. His essay "What is a Cajun", the
poem "A Cajun Toast" and "A Cajun
Prayer" has been reproduced more than 100,000 times.
The blues blowing Harmonica Master had major hits with
"I'm A King Bee" (1957), "Rainin' In My Heart" (1961)
and "Baby Scratch My Back" (1966) all on EXCELLO LABEL. In
March of 1968 Slim hit the Billboard Chart with "Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-No."
Singer, Songwriter, Trombone and Piano Player, he could
sing like a girl, and could sing like a frog. That latter trade mark
"Croak" utilized to the max on his 1956 debut smash hit "Ain't
Got No Home" earned him the nickname FROG MAN HENRY.
Ken comes to the world with simpler tools - a voice, a
guitar, and a host of great country songs. In 1994 he was named the
"Male Vocalist of the Year" with the song "Runs in the
Blood" from the Christian Country Music Association.
"Entertainer of the Year" (CCMA) and "Christian Country
Album of the Year" by the International Country Gospel Music
T. K. Hulin
In 1959 T. K. founded the Lonely Knights Band, and the
next year recorded "I,m Not a Fool Anymore." He followed
that with other popular Swamp Pop recordings, including "As You Pass
Me By" (Graduation Night). T. K. has recorded for the Boo Ray
and JIN Labels, as well as his own "TK" Label.
Born in Broussard, La., Illinois was a highly underrated
tenor saxophone star. His image was tarnished by early Frantic
Style, squealing high notes and honking. He won fame with a Frenzied
Solos on the band Legendary Hit "Flying Home" with Cab
Calloway. In 1944 he recorded a Frantic Side with a Philharmonic
Bo James Ryan was born in New Orleans, La. His first
job in the French Quarters was at Papa Joe's. He played around New
Orleans till 1974. In 1976 he was voted Lafayette's Top Singer with
the record "STATUE OF A FOOL" on Jin Label. He played at Toby's in
1978. He then went to Texas and played Country Music for two years.
Born in New Iberia, La., he was a cornetist in traditional
New Orleans style.
Bunk's career began in the 1890's, including jobs with legendary Buddy
Bolen. In the early 1900's he traveled with the circus and jazz
bands along the Gulf Coast. In 1942 he cut his first recording in
New Orleans. Others considered him overall equal to most cornetists in
the New Orleans style.
Doug is considered by most to be the "King" of
the fiddle players. In 1969, "Louisiana Man" was the first
song broadcast back to earth from the moon by the Apollo 12 mission.
Having mastered over 20 instruments, many of Doug's peers consider him the
best musician to ever come out of Southwest Louisiana.
He explains that he was always a ballad singer but his
career hasn't been build on ballads. It's been mostly up-tempo
stuff. He also devoted himself to sharing the fruits of his success
with the "Sammy Kershaw Foundation of Acadiana", based in a one
hundred year old building he is remodeling in his hometown of Kaplan, La.
The only beat Eddie needed came from the heart.
LeJeune revealed that he had no use for a drummer. He also believed
that the right hand set the rhythm on the accordion. His first
"Rounder" disc "Cajun Soul" was recorded in 1988 with his accordion, a
guitar and a fiddle.
Jerry Lee Lewis
In 1983 Time Magazine quoted Jerry saying "I'm a
Rompin, Stompin, Piano Player". He began to play piano at age of
eight on a "Start Up Right." With a real taste of Rock and
Roll, the song "Whole Lotta Shakin" started moving up the charts
and didn't stop until it held the number one spot in all fields of music.
Dennis was of Irish descent and Seminole Indian forbears.
At the age of 14 Dennis learned to love the fiddle. Within six
months he was playing dances. In 1929, Dennis recorded many songs in
New Orleans. He traveled to Canada, New York, and Paris to play for
B. B. Major
As a child, he developed a interest in music from hearing
his mother play a guitar. B.B's first guitar consisted of a piece of
wood and one string, a wire from the screen door. His friends and
fellow musicians started calling him "The Blues Boy." His
associates also called him "The Major." Using the two
nicknames he came up with "B.B. Major."
D. L. Menard
A New York magazine the "Sing Out" called him
"The Cajun Hank Williams." While D. L. was performing at a
New Iberia Dance Hall, he wrote and recorded "The Jolly Roger
Waltz." In 1962 he wrote and recorded the song "La Porte
en Arriere (The Back Door). He is known as the "King of Cajun
Jimmy C. Newman
He is the only Cajun artist to ever receive a gold record
with a French Cajun song called "Lache Pas La Potate" in Canada
in 1976. Also Jimmy joined the world famous Grand Ole Opry as a
member in 1956. He continues to tour Europe at least once a year.
He began working as a Disc Jockey on weekends while a
sophomore in high school. Jim got a call from KLFY TV about a
morning show called "PASSE PARTOUT" in 1970. In 1980 he
recorded his first Cajun Music Album "I Love Cajun Music,"on the
Swallow record label.
Joe "King" Oliver
Joe's first recording debut on the Gennett Label was in
1923. Oliver is remembered not only for his Classic Creole Jazz Band
recordings but also for his brilliant cornet playing. His many
compositions, including "Dippermouth Blues," Canal Street
Blues," "Riverside Blues," "Sweet Like This," and
"Camp Meeting Blues."
Johnny started playing music at the age of five and a
half. He played teenage dances that was advertised by the local
DJ's. Johnny was known as the "Tenor Sax King" of New
Orleans. In was inducted into the "Louisiana Music Hall of
Fame" in 1999.
Dave Petitjean has been a humorist for over 35 years and
has recorded eight humor tapes, four videos. He is a movie actor
(parts in 15 films), has done television and radio commercials (a
bunch). Dave tells about the humor and love of life of the
Cajuns. He has entertained in Florida, Maine, Oregon, California and
most of the states in between with his Humor, Cajun Style.
His kind of music is rich in Lyrical imagery and strong in
artistic roots. Eddie has been writing and playing a mixture of
Rock, Country, Cajun and Blues since he was a Louisiana teenager.
His first single release for the Georgia based Cosmos Label, "Once a
Fool" was one of his own compositions.
A singer, songwriter and poet. His music is
influenced by the style typical of the region - Cajun, Zydeco and New
Orleans Rhythm and Blues. He has recorded fourteen albums in French
and English, including four Gold Records and one Double Platinum albums
(Cap Enragé). His awards include three "Felix", French-Canadian
As a New Orleans R&B Legend, he has been a permanent
fixture on the Crescent City music scene for over half a century.
He cut his first single on the Imperial Record Label. In 1995
Tommy released one of the year's best album "Since the Blues
Began" on the Black Top Label.
Raised with an accordion since the age of three, it is no
wonder there is an innate fire burning throughout every performance.
Jo-El is a much sought after session player because he also plays bass
guitar, acoustic guitar, drums and harmonica. The future is hot for
the "King of Cajuns."
At the age of nine Johnny received his first set of
makeshift drums. With the desire to be an Accordion player, he
formed his first band called "The Cajun Fugitive." In 1984
he changed his style of music to Zydecajun Music with his first recording
of "The Devil Went Down to New Iberia."
Joe is one of the first artists to build a bridge between
Rock-N-Roll, Rhythm and Blues, and country music. In 1976 Joe had
eight singles chart in the Billboard Magazine and was awarded
"Billboard's" single of the year. Joe can liven up any
crowd with his high energy. One of his hits was "Roll On Big
He started his career at the age of twelve with the
"Rayne-Bo Ramblers." At the age of fifteen, Warren joined
a country western band as a drummer. After three years he formed his
own group "The We-Wows." His first recording with Masco
Record Co. was "The Prisoner's Song." It sold almost a
quarter of a million copies in 1958.
He had his first radio show at the age of thirteen on KVOL
in 1935. Al's first recording was on the "Gold Star
Label." In 1953 he wrote and recorded "Good Deal
Lucille." The "Country & Western Jamboree"
magazine picked Al first and Elvis Presley third for the "New Male
Country Singer" of the year in 1955.
At the age of three he learned to play the guitar.
He joined his first band at eleven, playing lead guitar. He began
his songwriting career in 1977 and released his first "45"
record - No More Loneliness." In 1988 he formed the group
that is now known as the "Deuce of Hearts."
Rufus, fondly known as the King of Cajun Fiddlers
was a Grand Ole Opry regular for forty years. He recorded and toured
with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Bob Wills,
George Jones, Neil Young, Jimmy C. Newman and Lynn Anderson.
Travis has been singing since the tender age of
seven. He has performed on a 1977 project with the California based
super group "Chicago." Travis has been writing music since
12 years old, when he wrote the song "TAKE MY HAND." He
has performed on several albums with his father and father's group, Gary
Thibodaux and the "Deuce of Hearts."
Lawrence is synonymous with great accordion playing, first
rate songwriting, and a smooth danceable sound that set the standard for
modern Cajun bands. He played Cajun and Hillbilly music that
displayed a definite blues influence. Lawrence recorded in Dallas in
1929 and again in New Orleans in 1935. In 1936 he appeared at the
National Folk Festival in Dallas.
Hank William Jr.
Hank Jr. (Randall) was born in Shreveport, La. At
the age of 11 he made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. His first
recording was of his father's song "Long Gone Lonesome
Blues." He was named the Entertainer of the Year five times,
has received four Emmys, Thirteen Number One Hits, Twenty Gold and
six Platinum albums.
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