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The Early Years: 1949-62

Various Artists
The Early Years: 1949-62

Zydeco is a “unique musical and social gumbo found mainly along the Gulf Coast where Creoles have blended rural Louisiana African American French Creole traditions with Cajun music, Rhythm and Blues, a shot of Rock n’ Roll and a bunch of other juicy ingredients!” – Chris Strachwitz (liner notes)

This collection of live music was recorded in the taverns and dance houses of rural Louisiana and Texas in the 1950s and ʼ60s. Presented without frills, the songs are played on button accordion and the rubboard, or washboard. The vocals are mostly sung in French. Zydeco classics “Jole Blonde” and “Zydeco Sout Pas Sale” are included in this collection. Liner notes include a history of zydeco and information about the performers.

Track Listing

101
Allons A Lafayette McZiel & Gernger 3:07
102
Tap Dance McZiel & Gernger 1:16
103
French Waltz McZiel & Gernger 2:53
104
Rayne One Step & Zydeco Sont Pas Sale Sidney Babineaux 2:53
105
Zydeco Sont Pas Sale Albert Chevalier 3:46
106
Moman Couche' Albert Chevalier 1:22
107
Ma Petite Fille Albert Chevalier 3:30
108
Bernadette, Cher Albert Chevalier 3:58
109
You Havin' A Good Time George Alberts 3:40
110
King's Zydeco Peter King & Lester Herbert 2:51
111
Lafayette Zydeco Peter King & Lester Herbert 3:35
112
Jole Blonde Willie Green 5:56
113
Baby Please Don't Go Willie Green 3:17
114
Tell Me, Pretty Baby Willie Green 4:50
115
Announcement & Green's Zydeco Willie Green 4:41
116
They Call Me Good Rockin' Herbert Sam 3:36
117
Clifton's Blues (1954) Clifton Chenier 3:14
118
Louisiana Stomp Clifton Chenier 2:54
119
Bon Ton Roulet Clarence Garlow 3:04

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