For the second installment of Singles Going Steady I present to you a finely groomed assortment of Swamp Pop, Cajun fiddle and zydeco tunes taken straight from the original 45rpm releases, which spun in every other jukebox and radio station in South Louisiana.
A few months ago, I went down to a man’s house in Lake Arthur, LA. Along with a random assortment of water-damaged country records, I was given about one hundred Cajun 45s. Flipping through labels like JIN, Swallow, La Louisiana and Goldband never gets old.
The songs featured here are mostly selections from my Lake Arthur haul but a few are from other collections I’ve inherited. Having these records dropped on me is such a treat, especially at a time when my taste has been crawling back into the 50’s and early R&B. It allows me to discover and share Lousiana’s place in the early stages of Rock & Roll.
Luderin Darbone & His Hackberry Ramblers – Pallet Su Le Planchier (Goldband 1169-1)
Les Domangue & The Dufrene Bros. – My Girl Josephine (Bayou Country Records 101)
Cleveland Crochet & The Hillbilly Ramblers – Sugar Bee (Goldband 1106)
Herbie Stutes & The Grand Shin – I Love My Saturday Night (JIN 265)
Aldus Rogus & His French Accordion – Diga Ding Ding Dong (Goldband 1084)
Johnnie Allan & The Krazy Kats– Family Rules (Viking 1010)
Harry Choates – Jole Blon (D 1050)
Hasa “Hazy” Ortego – Anniversary Night (Swallow 10233)
The Cajun Trio – “Mamou” Hillbillies (Swallow 10145)
Buck Rogers – Crazy Baby (JIN 241)
Cookie & His Cupcakes – I’m Twisted (Lyric 2609)
Vin Bruce – La Valse Du Bayou (Swallow 10164)
Jay Nelson – You’re The One (drew-Blan 1008)
Dunice Theriot – Henderson Waltz (Swallow 10227)
Bobby Charles – One More Glass Of Wine (JIN 1030)