Center for Louisiana Studies Archival Catalog

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Interview with Willis Prudhomme

Accession No.: 
BE2-057

Willis Prudhomme:

-00:15 - Background information; Born in Kinder, LA, September 22, 1931
-00:50 - Father was a sharecropper, he helped on the farm growing up
-01:30 - Farmed for himself for many years - soybeans and rice
-02:15 - His older brother (played bass with John Delafose) got him into playing music
-03:30 - Started playing diatonic accordion around 1970
-04:30 - Inspired by and learned a lot from Nathan Abshire. Used to watch him play in Basile
-05:45 - Time he spent with Nathan Abshire, talks about his house in the junkyard
-07:00 - Talks about Nathan's accordion - he wanted to buy it after Nathan passed away, but somebody beat him to it
-09:20 - Talking about his recording experiences - Maison de Soul, Lanor, Rounder
-12:15 - Singles on Lanor, recording with J.D. Miller
-14:30 - Band members - Cornelius Guidry, Lee Andreas Thomas
-16:00 - Casinos affecting crowds for bands

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, French, Creole, Zydeco, Music
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Willis Prudhomme
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
27:26
Cataloged Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Benny Jones

Accession No.: 
BE2-058

Benny Jones:

-00:05 - Born August 11, 1943; New Orleans; His father, Chester Ralph Jones, and his brother were drummers
-02:05 - Started playing drums when he was 16-17; Started playing professionally around 20-21; Olympia Brass Band in the early '60s; Dirty Dozen Brass Band in '79-'80s
-03:45 - Talks about Dirty Dozen Brass Band; Names some of the band members; Named after Dirty Dozen Kazoo Band
-04:45 - He married into the Baptiste family in about 1979; He and his wife went to high school together
-07:00 - Plays at Russell's in Treme (area in New Orleans)
-07:40 - Touring and traveling with both bands around the states and internationally
-09:50 - They talk about tuba players and booking back up musicians
-10:50 - After Dirty Dozen, he joined Chosen Few Brass Band and then Treme Brass Band
-12:30 - Talk about booking musicians from other bands; Union members
-13:00 - Tuba Fats and his wife Linda run Chosen Few now; Talks about touring with Chosen Few
-16:00 - Treme Brass Band formed in about 1991
-17:40 - Talks about band lineup for Treme Brass Band
-23:30 - Different band sizes depending on the event; Normally has a 8 piece band; 10 piece for parades
-25:00 - Traveling with the Treme Brass Band overseas
-26:00 - About a half a dozen individual tours
-26:45 - Talk about Lynn August
-27:50 - No of his kids play music; Has two boys and two girls; He has 5 grandchildren; His brother Eugene Jones passed away; He played with Frogman and worked on Bourbon street
-29:00 - Audio cuts out

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Jazz;
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Benny Jones
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
00:37:40
Cataloged Date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Crawford Vincent

Accession No.: 
BE2-059

Crawford Vincent:

00:06 - Born October 4th, 1921 in Gueydan; His dad played fiddle for house dances; His mother didn't play; He started playing with Hackberry Ramblers in 1940
01:50 - Stationed in Hackberry in a CC camp; He played guitar and fiddle, but they needed a drummer so he played drums; Talks about Hackberry Ramblers
04:10 - Traveled with Hackberry Ramblers; Music was a side gig
05:35 - Drafted into the Army in 1942; He was wounded and was discharged after one year; Moved to Lake Charles and started playing with Harry Choates and Leo Soileau - Jolie Blonde band
07:15 - Accordion wasn't very popular until 1948; Played drums with Leo and Harry for 3 years; Harry died in 1951
09:30 - Played with Harry on and off for 6 years; He recorded one record on Khoury with Harry: Jolie Blonde Is Gone / Lake Charles Waltz; Recorded in 1948-1949
11:20 - Started playing with Marie Falcon in the 1950s; Marie played guitar, Shuk Richard on accordion; Bertrand (?) on fiddle, and Crawford on drums
12:25 - Played with Iry Lejeune, Joe Bonsall, Marie Falcon and Shuck Richard; Played with Iry first then Marie;

13:45 - He became a barber; Went to school in barber school in Houston; Worked as a barber during the week and played music on the weekends
-Conversation jumps back to playing with Leo Soileau's band; Harry was a member of Leo's band, then had his own band; Crawford played with both groups

16:20 - Played drums with Joe Bonsall

16:40 - Cover of the Johnnie Allan photo book is Crawford playing guitar while he was at the CC camp
-Photo was taken behind the barracks in a field of salt grass--not a rice field; He wishes he had his shirt on

17:22 - Recorded with both Marie and Iry; Marie's band recorded with Khoury; Iry with Eddie Shuler at Goldband
18:45 - Played with Joe Bonsall for about four months than with Sidney Brown for a year in 1953
20:00 - Rufus played with Happy Fats and Papa Cairo; Crawford played with Papa Cairo in the 1940s with Leo's band
22:30 - Recorded one record with Sidney Brown on Goldband
23:10 - Played with a string band; Algia Breaux and Cledis Mott (Matte); String bands still sung in french but no accordion
26:30 - Made more playing music than barbering when he just started out
27:50 - Rock and roll; He rejoined the Hackberry Ramblers in 1953-1954; Continued playing for about 10 years
30:30 - Played at the World's Fair in 1984 then retired; Worked as a barber till 1970
31:00 - Hackberry Ramblers reunion; Touring

33:22 - Recording with Hackberry Ramblers in 1963; Talk about Ben Sandmel (Johnnie joins the conversation--Johnnie Allan?)
-Recorded at La Louisiane with Carol Rachou; Arhoolie; Luderin Darbonne; Frying Fish Records

38:30 - Crawford did some vocals on the most recent recording; Glen Croker, Edwin Duhon; Eddie?

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Crawford Vincent
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
00:41:00
Cataloged Date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with George Porter Part 1

Accession No.: 
BE2-060

George Porter:

00:05 - Born December 26, 1947 in New Orleans in the 3rd ward; His mother sang and his dad listened to a lot of jazz
-Lot of jazz on the radio when he was a kid; Local musicians on the radio--Blues and R&B

03:50 - Popular bass players; Ellis Marsalis relation; AFO record
06:25 - Art Neville is the reason he plays the bass; Piano was his first instrument; He picked piano up quicker than Zig (his cousin?)

08:00 - The Royal Knights was his first band; He was 15-16 years old in 1961-1962; He played guitar and drums
-Him and Zig didn't get along when they were younger; The Royal Knights backed up singers (Earl King, Ernie K-Doe, etc.) at fraternity parties

11:45 - New Orleans musicians got drafted for Vietnam but he was too young and had a twisted spine
12:25 - Art hired him to play guitar for a gig; The bass player had to leave, so he started playing bass

13:30 - Learning how to play guitar; Got an acoustic guitar when he was 10; Pope (Benjamin Francis) played bass and guitar
-People used to play both bass and guitar; He'd pass Pope and his grandpa playing the blues when he'd go to classical guitar lessons

16:00 - 2 recitals; They learned popular songs in classical guitar style
-For his second recital, he played St. Louis Blues instead of the song he was supposed to play and that was the end of lessons

18:30 - Learned how to read music; Him and Pope would switch out on bass and guitar; Classical guitar set him up to play bass

20:00 - The Royal Knights - no one in that band became famous; played with them for many years
-Frat house band in New Orleans and Baton Rouge; The were hired as a backing band; Tulane more than Loyola

22:15 - He stayed in New Orleans for the Vietnam War; Aaron had a hit ("Tell It Like It Is") and Art went on the road with him; Studio on Nicholas St.
25:00 - Played with Irving Banister and the All-Stars; Famous for a guitar solo; 1966 was a big year
27:40 - Figuring out when he joined the Neville's; He was with Irving for 3-4 months
28:10 - About the middle of 1966 Art, Leo, different drummer than Zig, and George started playing; Sophisticated Cissy

30:00 - Art asked him if he wanted to play in a new band; They started playing at the Night Cap; Glen was the original drummer
-Lists other band members; Glen got sick and Zig filled in for him for a couple of weeks; Late 1966

32:50 - Moved to playing on Bourbon St. in 1967; Sometimes they'd play 8pm-5am; They played a lot of covers
-Art was lead vocals and George and Leo did background vocals; Zig didn't get a mic until after they recorded an album

35:00 - Allen Toussaint approached them to record with Lee Dorsey; No song titles or lyrics--just laying down rhythm tracks
36:45 - Walter Payton; Neville Ville; His parents split up and he moved to Neville Ville; He knew Cyril Neville from school

38:45 - After Lee Dorsey, Allen had them come back to record more; Alan was never in the studio with them even though he was the producer
-They wrote the first three albums in the studio

41:30 - 3 albums and 15 singles
41:50 - Touring; Chitterlings circuit; Macon, Georgia

43:00 - Band wanted to change leadership in late 1969; Art got blamed for the problems with Josie Records; Financial issues
-Marshall always had contracts to his advantage; Art left the band for a few months;
-Marshall owned the name "The Meters" and tried to make another band with Art with that name

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; New Orleans; Jazz; R&B; Funk
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
George Porter
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
00:47:00
Cataloged Date: 
Monday, September 16, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with George Porter Part 2

Accession No.: 
BE2-061

George Porter:

00:05 - Marshall tries to make a new Meters band with Art; George and the others were still using the name and touring
00:45 - Warner Bros. looking at Allen Toussaint; The Meters played on Allen's albums but didn't get credited

03:15 - Zig and Leo learned the business faster than George and Art; Naive about the business
-Stayed out of the business side of things

05:05 - The band broke up in 1969 and 1979; Reconnecting with Art after the first split
-Ultimatum was that they could have the Warner Bros. deal if Art rejoined the band

08:30 - They started writing songs individually for their albums; Leo and Zig knew about the publishing side of things
10:15 - After five albums, the band broke up; They stopped playing Bourbon St. and went touring two moths after Sophisticated Cissy

12:00 - Disco and DJs almost put them out of business; They'd play Jazz Fest every year
-They made money through touring and royalties

13:20 - Second breakup; Conflict of interest law: manager, booker, and producer couldn't be the same person; Different agencies

14:45 - In 1975, they toured with The Rolling Stones for 13 shows in US
-Opened for a lot of big R&B artists (Isley Brothers, The Four Top, etc.)
-They would only open for bands once because they were so good; Reviews said The Stones had to work hard following The Meters

18:20 - They would headline in clubs like Tipitina's

19:00 - In 1978, Rupert Surcouf was their road manager and tried to be the band manager; Marshall was still trying to control the band
-Cyril joined the band to play percussion in 1975 right before The Rolling Stones tour

21:55 - The band disagreed with the contract/arrangement from Rupert; After the New Directions record
-When the band split, Art and Cyril went together

23:15 - Wild Tchoupitoulas album - The Meters and the Neville Brothers
-Rupert tried to make Wild Tchoupitoulas band without The Meters; That later became the Neville Brothers

25:15 - Same situation without Art; Saturday Night Live with David Baptiste Sr. playing keyboards
26:10 - He was frustrated musically because he wasn't getting as much of a say in song writing, especially when Cyril joined the band
26:30 - They did a 1976 European tour with the stones

27:45 - The Neville Brothers got a contract; Live album
-Rupert was trying to recreate Wild Tchoupitoulas with just the Neville Brothers; Rupert put the Neville Brothers on tour

29:30 - Instead of advertising it as a new band, they just said The Meters changed their name to the Neville Brothers; They were playing Meters' songs

31:40 - Back in New Orleans in 1980, he made a band called Joyride
-When Meters weren't on the road, he would play with David Laster (A Taste of New Orleans)

32:45 - Zig and Leo played a couple of more years as The Meters
33:30 - 1980s; more rock and roll, funk-rock; 5 piece band; Joyride lasted 1 year
34:25 - He went on tour with Jimmy Buffett
34:50 - After David Laster and James Black died, he cleaned up and has been clean for 5 years
36:00 - A Taste of New Orleans
37:30 - Touring and doing sessions with people

39:10 - Started snorting cocaine in the 1980s
-Realized he had a problem about a year before getting treatment; Went after Laster and Black died

41:30 - Put out a single, "Running Partners", in 1989; Got a deal with Rounder Records
44:00 - Finished a live recording with The Running Partners at The Red Box rehearsal space in New Orleans

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; New Orleans; Jazz; R&B; Funk
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
George Porter
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
00:47:04
Cataloged Date: 
Monday, September 16, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Walter Payton

Accession No.: 
BE2-062

Walter Payton:

***07/14 - no year***

00:05 - August 23rd, 1942; Nobody in his immediate family played music
-Great grandfather Henry Payton played; Grew up in New Orleans

02:00 - Mardi Gras night was the first time he went to Benny's; Jazz Fest

03:00 - He started playing music in 4th grade; He'd see brass bands pass by
-His grandmother (who raised him) bought him a trumpet; Played in school band

04:30 - Talk about Ellis Marsalis; Ellis played saxophone then piano

05:50 - He played trumpet for 6 months, then the sousaphone (tuba)
-Went see American Jazz Quintet with Ellis Marsalis and James Moody then he wanted to play upright bass
-The Haven on Claiborne St.

09:00 - String bass; Learned to read music early; Easy transition from sousaphone to bass
10:40 - He'd play with anybody who'd call; Rock groups in bars

11:20 - In college, he started sitting in with bigger groups; He went to Xavier University
-Music major and now a music teacher; They talk about the amount of talent in New Orleans

13:00 - Larry talks about Baltimore talent

13:55 - Talks about Xavier; Singing in the chorus
-Played bass for an opera; Bob Rohe was his teacher - member of New Orleans Symphony

15:30 - Playing after college; Richard Payne played with American Jazz Quintet
-Playboys Club on Iberville; 1964-1966; He'd fill in for Richard on bass

18:30 - Al Hirt had a club (Now it's Ripley's Believe It Or Not); Pete Fountain club

19:00 - Started doing session work; Did a lot with Allen Toussaint; Lee Dorsey
-Robert Parker "Barefootin'"; Red Tyler, June Gardner, George Davis, Deacon Jones

21:15 - Old Cosmo Studio; That studio closed late 1960s
22:40 - Sessions with Irma Thomas, Al Johnson; People would call him if they needed a bass player

23:50 - Started teaching in 1966
-Was playing regularly with Guitar Ray and the Unforgettables (George Raymond Washington, Earl King's brother-in-law)
-R&B and blues; Stopped playing with him until about 1970

26:15 - Composing; Plays a little piano

27:00 - After college, he stopped doing lessons; Went back to college for graduate school
-Started gigging at the Blue Room with Leon Kelner around 1970-1971

28:40 - He was gigging at night, teaching, and going to school
29:20 - Started doing less rock; Played with the house band at The Black Knight (Night?) in Metarie; Continued playing with brass band
30:53 - New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra around 1972; First European tour in 1974; Joplin's "The Entertainer" was popular at the time
32:25 - The did the "Pretty Baby" soundtrack and were briefly in the movie; Another movie called "French Quarter"
33:35 - He was still on call for session work; Not as much as the 1960s; The ragtime group mostly toured
34:14 - Jazz Festival; He would play with 10 or 11 groups; Still plays occasionally with the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
35:45 - Preservation Hall; His house previously belonged to Jim Robinson; Played at the Dewdrop with Guitar Ray; Bobby Blue Bland
37:40 - Dewdrop; Musicians used to hangout, eat, and jam there; Johnny Adams; They'd jam until 7 am
38:40 - 1980s; Worked on a show called One More Time
39:15 - Funerals; Documentary by a group from Canada; Jacques Ledoux (?); 10 piece brass band
40:40 - Touring in Scotland

41:20 - Starting composing; He went to the Joffrey Ballet - The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky
-This inspired him to start composing; He composed music for a documentary about the school system

44:20 - Father's Day gig; He still likes the old R&B stuff

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; New Orleans; Jazz; Brass Band
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Walter Payton
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
00:46:14
Cataloged Date: 
Monday, September 16, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Carol Rachou

Accession No.: 
BE2-063

Carol Rachou:

***Warren Storm is part of the conversation***

00:07 - They are watching a documentary about monkeys having sex
06:40 - They mention Lee Lavergne; Carol doesn't know him
07:20 - Born December 27th, 1932
08:40 - Started in the business from scratch; Started playing music when he was 14-15 years old; Played horns
09:30 - Big bands in St. Martinville; Slick Signorelli; Toby's at the four corners in Lafayette; Casablanca's in New Iberia

10:40 - He went into retail business selling records and phonographs
-Floyd started as a DJ with KVPI; The first store was on Vermilion St., then Jefferson St.
-Then another spot on Jefferson closer to campus
-Then Johnston St. next to the bowling alley, then next door to Bud's music

12:15 - He doesn't have a store anymore; Johnnie Allan represents the business
12:50 - First started recording; Charlie Ailaet big band music; Recorded onto tape then sent the master off to a press

14:00 - First recording of cajun music: Alex Broussard "Sud de la Louisiane"
-That is where he got the name La Louisianne; Recorded it in the store on Johnston St.
-He started the business in 1954; Started recording in late '50s, early '60s; The record did well locally

15:45 - Starting looking for other artists; Cajun humorists; Lil Bob; They used one of his songs in a movie
-Carol owns the copyright to the song

18:20 - Larry asks about another "I Got Loaded" but it is a different song
-They'll get some money for using the song in the movie
-Lil Bob wasn't listed as a writer with BMI, so he couldn't get paid directly from BMI
-He got Lil Bob to sign the papers with BMI

21:00 - Soundtracks; Los Lobos copied the Lil Bob song exactly

23:00 - He recorded the Shondelles around the same time as Lil Bob
-Around 1964; Other black artists: Tim Phillips, Don Frederick from New Iberia, King Carl

24:20 - Some gospel stuff; Don Frederick from New Iberia or Franklin
-Blues musician; Recorded "Big Boys Cry"

25:45 - He says to hold onto the records because some people will want them in the future

25:52 - Talk about selling Shondelles records in England
-Tommy James and the Shondelles came after this band

26:45 - Eddy Raven recorded when he was 17 years old
-Carol thinks he recorded Eddy more than anyone else

27:40 - Story about Bessyl Duhon and Eddy
-Told Jimmy Newman to give Eddy a break in Nashville; Bessyl played accordion with Jimmy

29:15 - Glen Hebert is the only local person playing with Eddy
-Jacques Leblanc; Eddy wanted to sue Carol for some songs; Carol was hurt by that

31:45 - Opry; Roy Acuff

32:30 - Eddy is probably the most successful person that started with Carol
-Jimmy Newman; Dale and Grace "I'm Leaving It Up To You"
-Sam Montel came to Carol to record a session; They cut four songs that day

35:00 - He knows a hit when he hears one

35:45 - The Shondelles; Played at the Southern Club in Opelousas
-They had a TV show, which led to the album
-It didn't sell well here; "San Antone" 45 sold well; They wouldn't air it on the radio

38:00 - "Kidnapper" and "Lache pas la patate" sold well locally
-"Kidnapper" by Jewel and the Rubies was almost a national hit
-ABC-Paramount picked it up; Warren played drums on that record

41:00 - Larry asks when he decided to leave the business: "When I got into it"
-He had some medical issues so he had to retired; He's still the boss; David Rachou is managing now
-Rex is the engineer and David is an assistant engineer; They are still recording; Cut demos

43:00 - Asks about cajun bands he recorded; List of all the singles
-They always put out a single before an album, except for Bud Fletcher

45:00 - He always tried to put out the best possible product; He'd handpick session musicians

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Record Labels; Louisiana;
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Carol Rachou
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
46:52
Cataloged Date: 
Monday, September 16, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Rufus Thibodeaux

Accession No.: 
BE2-064

Rufus Thibodeaux:

***Warren Storm is part of the conversation***

00:05 - Mentioned Blake Mouton; Lots of accordion players around Church Point and Sunset

00:50 - His first gig was at the Bloody Bucket in Lake Arthur when he was 6 and a half
-His dad played accordion and he played guitar; A few killings happened there; Chicken wire

02:30 - Played with the Rayne Playboys when he was 13; Born January 5th, 1934
-At 16, he went work with Papa Cairo around Crowley
-Around 17 or 18, he went work with Jimmy who was in Ville Platte

03:30 - In 1954, they recorded for George Khoury; In August 1956, they went to the Opry
-Jimmy had recorded some with Chuck Guillory and Papa Cairo
-Jimmy was on Colonial Records from New Orleans; Dot Records; Randy's Record shop

05:15 - In 1957, he went work with Bob Wills for a year and a half
-Photo from the Show Boat in Las Vegas; Liberty Record label; He played fiddle; All touring

06:38 - He went back to Nashville; Played with George Jones
-Jimmy and George would tour together, so he'd back them both up

08:30 - Session work; Only Cajun fiddler in Nashville; Off and on from 1956 till end of the '70s
-Recorded with Lynn Anderson, Neil Young; Recorded 5 albums with Neil
-Tour of Australia and New Zealand

10:15 - Talks about a picture with Mick Jagger; Dressing rooms were next to each other for Live Aid in Philadelphia; Biggest show he ever did

11:00 - He played on and off with Jimmy till about 7-8 years ago
-He knows other session musicians: Pete Drake, Charles McCoy, Russell White

12:30 - He's probably done a couple of hundred sessions/albums
-Always was homesick for Louisiana; Decided to move back when he got older
-There were some lean years in Nashville; He lived off of playing music; Decline in country music

14:15 - He plays bass, electric mandolin; He played bass in rock and roll bands
-Worked with Neil off and on since 1975; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young recording; Rockabilly album

16:30 - Cajun band with Rodney Miller called Cajun Born
-They are playing in Houston; Playing around New Iberia and Opelousas

19:00 - Jokes and stories; Johnny and Jesse Credeur are cousins
21:40 - Plays some fiddle for a photo
23:30 - Fiddle got smashed
25:15 - Jokes and stories

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Cajun; Country; Fiddle
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Rufus Thibodeaux
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
00:31:27
Cataloged Date: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Monday, October 15, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Lil' Malcolm Walker; Percy Walker

Accession No.: 
BE2-065

Interview with Malcolm Walker:

00:48 - Percy Walker and the House Rockers; Percy on accordion
-Joe Walker was playing guitar in his dad's band; Musical family

02:20 - Played drums in high school; His older brother, Percy Walker Jr., plays drums too
-Percy Jr. played drums for their dad; Played drums sometimes

03:40 - Started going on the road when he was 17
04:00 - New CD

04:30 - Started playing keyboard, then played accordion
-His grandfather, Melvin Walker, had a band and taught him accordion

06:25 - Triple note accordion, to the keyboard, to the piano accordion
-He's been playing piano accordion for about 10 year

07:40 - He dad played piano accordion; He replaced his dad in the band
08:25 - Recordings: "On My Way"; He was still in school

10:20 - Talk about Joe being able to play all kinds of instruments
-Lil' Malcolm and the House Rockers on Maison de Soul

11:15 - First album recorded in Kinder and the second in Crowley and J.D. Miller's studio
-Mark Miller was in charge; New CD is about to come out; Recorded in South Carolina

13:35 - He toured to Sydney, Australia; Played at New Orleans Jazz Fest

Interview with Percy Walker:

17:00 - Born in Lafayette on July 17th, 1953; Melvin Walker was his dad
-His grandfather, Willie Walker, played accordion; French music
-Melvin and Willie would play at house parties--accordion and washboard; Playing drums on a cardboard box

19:30 - Didn't play any instruments in school; Drums were his first instrument
-Joe, his brother, taught him how to play; Joe convinced their dad to buy him a drums set

21:25 - End of the 1960s, they played "The Twist" and "Limbo Rock"
-Couldn't play zydeco back then
-Melvin played triple note and single note; He was in Joe's rock and roll band

23:00 - Joe, Darrell, Wade, and Percy all played with their dad
-Darrell and Wade were his younger brothers

25:15 - Marcel Dugas and Rockin' Dopsie were some of the only people playing zydeco
-He played with Rockin' Dopsie for a little while when he was 10

27:30 - Sat in with Clifton sometimes on drums; Joe would play guitar; They played with Marcel Dugas

28:45 - They didn't record their early stuff
-He played with Rockin' Sidney and Katy Webster in Lake Charles; His family moved there in 1966

30:50 - After the family band, he started playing accordion at house parties
-Eventually he made a band with Raymond "Toe" (guitar), Butch (tenor sax), Wade (Bass), John W. (drums)
-Joe wasn't in the band

32:20 - Played some zydeco mix with blues

33:00 - Cookie and the Cupcakes; He toured with Katy Webster in the 1970s
-Before, Katy was playing keys on the road with Otis Redding until he died

35:35 - Percy Walker and the House Rockers; They started in the early 1970s

37:15 - 1988 was first recording with Malcolm
-He bought Malcolm a little keyboard, then he started playing accordion; He played piano accordion

40:00 - He recorded one song "Going to the Country" on an independent label in the 1970s
-He never made an album; Mike Leger in Kinder

41:35 - He appeared on "Louisiana Red Hot Tribute to Clifton Chenier and Rockin' Sidney" a couple of years ago

44:40 - Conversation with Percy is over; Phone call with Rog

Language: 
English
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Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Zydeco; Accordion; Rock
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Larry Benicewicz
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Lil' Malcolm Walker; Percy Walker
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Interview with ???

Accession No.: 
BE2-066

***Inaudible***

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English
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Larry Benicewicz
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Interview with Bert Frilot Part 1

Accession No.: 
BE2-067

Bert Frilot:

00:15 - Born in April 24, 1939 in Uptown New Orleans; Moved to Chalmette when he was 12
-At 17, he went into the service for five years 1957-1951; Electronics

01:20 - Not interested in music before he was in the business
-Got a job working on equipment and electronics for Cosimo's studio
-He'd steal the manuals to learn about tape recorders
-2 studios and a disc cutting room on Governor Nichols; Two other engineers

04:15 - Cosimo would go to Audio Engineer Society meetings in New York and he'd run the sessions
-Forced him to learn; Three track machine
-Had to build your own consoles; Studio rigging; Air conditioner

08:20 - No company was mass producing consoles in the 1960s; Jone's Studio; Moving Sidewalks

10:30 - He recorded Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey
-As well as, Ernie K-doe, Barbara George, Prince Lala, Huey Smith, Tammy Lynn, and more

13:55 - Lee Lavergne; Story about Barbara Lynn
-She changed words to a song and mentioned integration and the crowd got upset
-She had to be escorted out

16:25 - Jimmy Donley; He recorded all the Huey Meaux sessions
-T.K. Hulin; Memorial album for Jimmy

18:30 - Working with Irma Thomas;
-Used cellophane off of a cigarette pack for the rain sound on "It's Raining"

19:20 - Art Neville's "All These Things"; Lynn August

20:30 - He left not long after the Nola Label--before "Barefootin'" by Bobby Parker
-Around 1964-1965; Things had slowed down and he had a new job offer

21:30 - Worked for Bill Holford at ACA Recording Studios in Houston; British invasion

23:00 - ACA was located on Fannin St.
-Demos with Allen Toussaint when he was in the army; His band was in the Army; Alon Label

25:30 - He got along well with Allen; One of the best arrangers and producers he ever worked wit
27:00 - Marshall and Allen

28:00 - His father still lives in Chalmette; His daughter and grandkid live in New Orleans
-Cosimo recorded Bert's wedding and cut an LP

29:30 - Artists he recorded at ACA: Bobby Bland, Kenny Rogers, B.J. Thomas, Roy Head
-ACA merged with Goldstar

32:00 - Freelancing; B.J. Thomas "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
34:15 - Junior Parker, Bobby Bland; Gospel groups

35:25 - He was freelancing--designing studios and doing sessions
-Met Mickey Gilley who was part owner of Jones Studio with Doyle Jones and Bobby N.
-Northside of Houston in the heights; They made him an offer to work at their studio

37:00 - Designed a console; He'd go to Dallas every Thursday to check on the building of the console
-He never missed a Thursday, except one week he canceled his flight
-The one Thursday flight he missed crashed and everyone died

38:40 - Jones Recording Studio; He designed and supervised the construction of the console
40:35 - The Moving Sidewalks; The first use of pan pots
41:45 - Bands would call him to record their sessions; He recorded Archie Bell and the Drells "Tighten Up"

42:30 - Bobby Bland wanted to record vocals in the corner of the studio so he can lean against the wall, put his hands in his pockets, and sing

43:00 - Larry clears up specific years
-Jones Studio turned into tape duplication business in 1974
-They use the console to make master tapes

44:20 - Other hits from Jones: Mickey Gilley "Room Full of Roses"
-Bert and Mickey flew to Nashville; Missed their flight
-Turned down by almost ever record label in Nashville

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Engineer; Audio; New Orleans; Blues; R&B
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Bert Frilot
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
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Interview with Bert Frilot Part 2

Accession No.: 
BE2-068

Bert Frilot:

00:06 - Continued story about Nashville - Playboy Records

00:40 - Started building Gilley's Studio in 1976; Gilley was in business Sherwood Cryer
-Studio was next door to the club; Used to be Shelly's Club before Gilley's

02:25 - Sherwood kept building out the club; Rodeo arena that double as a concert hall
-He was able to record in the studio as well as live performances in the club and the arena
-Started the Live from Gilley's radio show; Aired on about 450 stations

04:45 - Artists who played there: Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton
-Tammy Wynette, Alabama, Fats Domino, Bobby Bland, Ernest Tubb
-Johnny Lee, Roy Orbison, Paul Revere and the Raiders

07:45 - Artists who recorded at the studio (other than Mickey): Archie Bell, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis
09:20 - Started in 1976 and stayed till it closed in 1987

09:40 - Urban Cowboy craze; Bert recorded some of the soundtrack
-It won a Grammy, but Bert wasn't credited

11:00 - Charles Mann at Jones Studio--"Red Red Wine"

11:45 - 1987 the studio closed
-Mickey started going to Vegas and wanted to tear the club down and rebuild it
-Sherwood wanted to keep it the same because it was doing well
-Mickey sued Sherwood for the name and he won

14:00 - End of the radio show and club; Bert had a mobile home next to the studio
-Tried to buy a house a few times, but stayed in the mobile home

15:45 - He started mixing for Eddie Shuler at Cosimo's, then he followed him to Houston
-He'd bring the tapes and stay in town until Bert mixed them all
-Started mixing for him in 1961; Eddie bought everything Bert needed to mix at Goldband

18:30 - Building a studio for a Latin group in Temple, Texas; Little Joe
21:20 - Freelanced between 1987-1989;
-Worked for a company that did sound and lighting designs for night clubs for almost 3 years

23:00 - Piloting; He had a hot air balloon license for Gilley's hot air balloon
-He flew Gilley around for weekend gigs, but after Urban Cowboy they had to hire a full-time pilot
-They had an airplane, two buses, and an 18-wheeler

27:15 - He and Gilley had a falling out after 21 years

28:05 - Lighting company; Started his own service company
-Joe called him to build the studio, so he moved to Temple
-Building a new studio and redoing the old studio

31:00 - Eddie Shuler; He went through Eddie's tapes to digitize and preserve them
-12,000 songs in the catalog; Master tapes; Working for Eddie

34:20 - He remembers the band from Gilley's: Paul Revere and the Raiders

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Engineer; Audio; New Orleans; Blues; R&B; Country
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Bert Frilot
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
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00:36:29
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Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Interview with Red Tyler Part 1

Accession No.: 
BE2-069

Red Tyler:

00:05 - Born December 5, 1925 in New Orleans; Youngest of 11 children; Only one to play music

01:20 - Drafted in the army January 5, 1945; Discharged in September 1946
-Went to Grunewald school of music because of the G.I. Bill of Rights
-Started playing saxophone; Was trained as a surgical technician

03:20 - Graduated in 1947; Cosimo was not in business yet
04:05 - School courses
05:30 - He was in school with a lot of professionals

06:30 - Joined Dave Bartholomew's band; First recording experience
-They would do a remote radio broadcast at Cosimo's studio; Recorded on old acetate masters

08:00 - He did a lot of session work
-Dave played trumpet, Joe Harris played alto, Mr. Hog/Hall played tenor sax, and he played tenor sax

10:10 - Played baritone with Dr. John's band then switched to tenor sax
10:50 - Rest of the band: Earl was on drums, Frank Fields on bass
-Ernest Mclaine on guitar, can't remember the piano player

12:45 - Dave's first session: "Fat Man"
13:40 - Sessions; They became popular session players

14:35 - 1950s; Dave recorded on a few different labels
-He left the band and started playing with Earl Williams

15:40 - Earl did a few recordings; Sang a lot of ballads and showtunes

16:00 - After Earl, Bumps Blackwell brought in Sam Cooke came and recorded a song Red wrote called "Forever"
-Bumps Blackwell brought in Little Richard; He played on all of his hits

17:30 - He played some sessions with Sam (Dale) Cooke

20:05 - Young kids would hang around the studio
-Dr. John was a guitar player who hung around
-Got put on a session with Paul Gates (?); He did well

23:30 - He was involved with Ace Records; RCA wanted to record some New Orleans music
-Allen Toussaint was hanging around the studio before he got in
-They worked together on some arrangements
-Allen's mom had to sign the contract for him

26:10 - Early sixties AFO period; Backed Barbara George on her hit
-All the sessions musicians decided to make a production company

28:15 - Couldn't maintain the production company
-Recorded a jazz album with Ellis Marsalis and James Black called "Monkey Puzzle"

30:00 - His company recorded "Tell It Like It Is"
-Leo Diamond and George Davis wrote that song

31:50 - Larry asks about the Meters and the Nevilles
-He did some stuff with Art Neville back in the day

32:50 - New Orleans style music started dying out
-Other musicians trying to imitate New Orleans style

35:00 - Playing with Mac

36:00 - He had a day job as a sales representative with a liquor wholesale company for 25 years
-He got that job because he had a wife and kids to support
-He could be picky about his gigs; Bourbon street - The Dream Room

38:00 - Played at the Dewdrop, Joy Tavern (college crowd)
40:15 - Edward Frank and Earl Williams; Edward Frank had a stroke

41:00 - Joy Tavern was in Girt-town on Pine St.
-Xavier University, Southern University; During the 1950s; AFO band took over that gig

42:30 - Played at Mason's - club inside of a motel
-People dress up to go there; Lots of clubs like that before integration

43:45 - Someone was arrested at the Dewdrop;
-Black and white musicians weren't allowed to play or record together back in the day
-Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Bebop all came out of black clubs

45:45 - Escorito used to play piano there
-Still have occasional shows at Dewdrop
-They would sometimes play in white clubs

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
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Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; New Orleans; Jazz; Blues; R&B
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Red Tyler
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
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00:47:10
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Interview with Red Tyler Part 2

Accession No.: 
BE2-070

Red Tyler:

0:05 - New Orleans clubs: Brass Rail and Texas Lounge on Canal
-There used to be more live entertainment and black clubs; Rampart St.

1:15 - In the 1970s, he freelanced; Played straight-ahead jazz in clubs
-Not as many sessions because of his day job; 10 years at Mason's

2:30 - Played at the Maple Leaf with James Booker; Tyler's Club; Rounder Records session
-First album on Rounder was "Heritage" in 1985 and the second "Graciously" in 1987

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; New Orleans; Jazz; Blues; R&B
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Red Tyler
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Larry Benicewicz
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00:05:10
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Monday, September 23, 2019
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Interview with Preston Frank Part 1

Accession No.: 
BE2-071

Preston Frank:

00:15 - Born in Oberlin on August 30, 1947 (or April)
-His dad played rhythm guitar, but he didn't get into music till later; Played at house dances

01:50 - Got interested in music around 25 or 26 years old; Accordion was his first instrument
-Two uncles played music: Carlton Frank played fiddle and Hampton Frank played rhythm guitar

03:45 - He would hear music on the radio but didn't think much of it till he started playing
-He started in the 1970s and professionally in 1977

05:10 - Played church halls and clubs in the area
-Slim's Y-Ki-Ki in Opelousas - played there for several years; Started playing with his uncles

06:20 - Started bringing his family into it; First recording with Arhoolie in 1981
-Chris Strachwitz recorded it; 2 singles

09:00 - Album released as Preston Frank and the Soileau Playboys
-Recorded at J.D. Miller's in Crowley; Played on Classie Ballou's All Night Man album

11:30 - Singles; Keith played drums
-Name changed to Preston Frank and the Zydeco Family Band

15:15 - Cassette called Let's Dance; The whole family is on it

16:00 - Jennifer has been playing bass for the past 2 years; She's 15
-Played keyboard first; Brad plays drums and accordion

18:45 - Keith plays all the instrument

19:30 - Started playing as a family 2 years ago; Brad is 10
-His uncle Carlton plays fiddle sometimes; Mostly zydeco, cajun, blues, rock and roll

20:50 - His influences are Aldus Roger, Wayne Toups (before he changed his styles)
-Keith likes how Marc Savoy plays accordion

23:30 - Savoy Music Center in Eunice
23:55 - Recorded the LP with Lee

24:40 - Local festivals; Playing at the Plaisance Zydeco Festival this year
-Festival in Ithaca, NY; National Folklife Festival; Jazz and Heritage Festival

27:20 - Toured overseas in 1980 in Cologne, Germany
-Him and three uncles; Boogie woogie festival

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Zydeco; Creole; Accordion;
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Preston Frank
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
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00:35:15
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Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Interview with Preston Frank Part 2

Accession No.: 
BE2-072

Preston Frank:

0:06 - Continued conversation about festivals
0:30 - Louise Frank; Books and manages band

1:40 - Liberty Theatre; 6-8pm every Saturday night
-Theater is still under construction
-The show has been at Bobcat auditorium

3:30 - Not touring too much because kids are in school; Keith is at McNeese
4:25 - Keith talks about playing trail rides
4:40 - Play about three nights a week; Late nights
6:10 - Larry wants to take pictures

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Zydeco; Creole; Accordion;
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Preston Frank
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
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00:06:27
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Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Interview with Murphy Richard

Accession No.: 
BE2-073

Murphy Richard:

00:05 - Born in the Leonville area; Moved to Grand Coteau then back to Leonville as a child

00:45 - Zydeco back in the day; They called it La-la music; Rub-board and accordion
-Clifton and Cleveland Chenier played at a club called the Silver Slipper
-They played there every 15 days
-Clifton used to live in Leonville but was living in Opelousas at the time, then Lake Charles and Houston

02:30 - He was around 13 when they were playing at the Silver Slipper around 1950
-They weren't selling liquor; They'd play on Saturday

03:30 - When he got older, he started wanting to play music
-Borrowed an accordion to play for himself at home

04:10 - La-la music was french music - not called zydeco at that time; Origin of the name

05:20 - Farmed on his grandfather's farm from the age of ten till he got married at 24
-He was a foreman, straw boss, for a crew
-They had pigs, geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens, guineas on the farm

08:10 - His brother Joseph was on the farm too

08:40 - He got married October 1st, 1960
-Moved off the farm; Worked construction for Miller Trade (?)

09:55 - Bought an accordion in 1984 or 1985; Played for fun
-Joseph starting playing a couple of years before him

10:50 - He was part of the house band at Roy's on Thursday nights
-Started with a triple note then switch to a single note; Now he plays both

12:10 - Him and Joseph started the band together; Jockey, Chester, and Fred joined them
-Morris had a band called the High-Steppers, then started playing with different bands
-He started on bass

14:00 - His brother died mid-1990s

15:30 - He and Jo would alternate on accordion
-Jo played the piano accordion and he would play single and triple note

16:00 - He went overseas in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1997
-He went to France, Germany, Vienna, Switzerland

20:15 - Left the band around 1998; After his brother died, Morris played some piano accordion

21:15 - Made a CD at the Friendly Club for a German label - "Live at the Friendly Club"
-Two CDs with Lee Lavergne called "Boiled Crawfish" and "Come to Party" in the mid-1990s

27:00 - Recorded the last CDs in Eunice at Fred Charlie's

27:50 - Friction with the band
-People assumed he and Joseph were the band leaders because they played accordion

30:40 - New band lineup: Albert Davis on bass, Philip Chenier on drums, Roger Charles on scrub board, and Toe
31:30 - Retired; Not raising hogs anymore
32:20 - Bluerunners; First cousins with the band; Album with Rosco Chenier; They are third cousins
35:00 - His mother was Mary Gradnigo; Her brother was David and he had three sons who played music with him
36:40 - They asked him to play with them, but he wasn't playing music at that time

37:54 - Back on his grandfather's farm; His sisters live on the property too
-One sister died; 37 acres; His aunt and uncle have 80 acres near there

39:00 - Morris "Big" Chenier - blues guitar player from Opelousas; Related to Rosco
40:10 - Jockey played with Guitar Gable for a long time; He used to go listen to him

41:20 - Foreign tours; Ralph (Rolph?) Hubert booked them
-Met him at the Hamilton Club when he was scouting bands to tour
-Met him first at Maple Leaf then at El Sido's with the Creole Zydeco Farmers
-Sampy was playing with them - he possibly came up with the name

45:45 - Sampy wants to start a new band, but Murphy won't play with him unless he quits drinking

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Zydeco; Creole; Accordion;
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Murphy Richard
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Larry Benicewicz
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00:47:00
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Interview with Albert Davis

Accession No.: 
BE2-074

Albert Davis:

00:25 - Father Molette was their pastor; He was a farmer; Born May 6th, 1936 in Leonville
-He went to school with Murphy till he was 12 then he went to school with Gabriel

02:15 - After the Swing Masters, he made his own group: The Blue Eagles
-He sang and played guitar; They played until some of the guys went into the service
-They called Clayton "Fats"

03:30 - Recorded with J.D. Miller but it was never released

04:40 - King Carl; Joseph Zeno; Story about playing at the rec center in Lafayette for teenagers
-They actually made double than what Joseph told them; Another story in Franklin
-Joseph kept extra money for himself, so Albert stopped playing for him

08:10 - After Blue Eagles, he joined a group from Opelousas called the Reboppers
-Played with them for about 4 years until he moved to Lake Charles

10:00 - Played with Katy Webster in Lake Charles
-Katy Webster recorded at J.D. Miller's studio; Warren Storm

12:00 - Story about playing with Katy; Bamboo Club in Lake Charles
-He met Otis Redding and he asked him to play, but he had a family

13:50 - Eddie Shuler; George Khoury

14:15 - Band after Katy: Mitzi and the Mystics; Mitzi was the best female singer after Katy
-Played in a lot of clubs; He played guitar

15:10 - Big Ike; Played with Mitzi for 5 or 6 years

16:25 - Beginning of the 1970s; Played with The Cupcakes
-Cookie was in California but Shelton Dunaway kept the band going; Hot Rod

17:25 - Rosco Chenier; Gradnigo boys
18:30 - Murphy lived across the Teche from him

19:40 - Joe Walker joined the Cupcakes; Didn't get along with Shelton
-He did a lot of recording with Joe; In the 1980s

22:45 - Worked at Conoco - oil refinery
24:00 - He played guitar on some CDs with Joe recorded with Lee Lavergne
25:00 - Joe went overseas twice, but he didn't go with him

25:30 - Played with Rosie Ledet; He traveled with her
-Then played with Roy Carrier; He went overseas with Roy

27:20 - 50 years of playing music; Story of how the band started
-Jerry Morris was a drummer; His brother, Joe Morris, started playing bass

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Zydeco; Creole; Blues; R&B; Soul
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Albert Davis
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
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00:33:01
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Monday, September 23, 2019
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Interview with Joe Walker, and Raymond Randle (part II); Interview with Nathan Williams Sr.

Accession No.: 
BE2-075

Larry talks to Joe, Raymond, and Felton; Interview continued from BE2-076:

Interview with Joe Walker:

00:01:10 - Jones auditorium
00:01:40 - One man band; Drum machine; Started playing gospel music on keyboard in the 1980s
00:03:00 - He was making a living playing as a one man band
00:04:00 - After, he branched into zydeco; Played with Boozoo Chavis when he was 15 or 16
00:05:15 - Touring with a zydeco band; Played with Lawrence Ardoin, Buckwheat Zydeco, Rockin' Sidney
00:07:40 - End of interview

Interview with Raymond Randle:

00:08:25 - Born in Opelousas on February 28th, 1948
-His dad, Clarence Randle, had a zydeco band, so he started with them; Clarence never recorded

00:09:30 - Started playing around 12 years old; His dad played accordion

00:11:30 - Picked up guitar then started playing professionally 5 years later when he was 17
-Played with his dad's band for about 5 years

00:12:15 - Played around Louisiana and Texas; Made his living playing music

00:13:00 - Band wasn't reliable so he left
-His band backed up Oscar Perry, Lightnin' Hopkins in the 1960s
-Some new members and some from his dad's band

00:15:00 - Blues was doing good even during the disco era; He never opened up for a band
00:16:30 - In the 1970s, he worked some odd jobs but mostly played music
00:17:25 - The first recording he made was with Lee Lavergne

00:18:15 - In the 1980s, he played with different zydeco bands; June Taylor and the Burning Flames
-Roy Carrier; Chubby Carrier; Roy's Club in Lawtell
-He's playing with Roy tomorrow night at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church

00:22:45 - Roy wants to Raymond to record with Lee on Wednesday night

Interview with Nathan Williams Sr.:

00:24:15 - His three year old son plays scrub board with him; From St. Martinville, LA

00:24:50 - His mom liked to go to zydeco dances
-She'd go see Clifton almost every weekend; He would hear music all the time from his uncle

00:26:15 - He'd go see Clifton but couldn't get in the club
-He didn't start playing accordion until 1985; He moved to Lafayette in 1979

00:27:30 - His brother Sid bought an accordion from Buckwheat for him
-Then he bought one from someone he met in Romero Music Shop in Lafayette
-Japanese accordion; He got it for $250

00:30:20 - He always played the piano accordion; He got sick in 1986 and was in the hospital for 8 months
-Thyroid issue; He'd play accordion in the hospital

00:31:30 - Play with feeling; Personal style

00:32:25 - After the hospital, he started practicing with a band
-Then Sid opened the club and they started playing there on Friday nights for free
-Buckwheat encouraged him - they were close friends

00:33:50 - Started playing Saturdays at different clubs
-The Tee Connection (?) in St. Martinville, Double D's (changed to Daulphine's Club) in Parks
-Hamilton Club in Lone Plantation (Lafayette), El Sido's, Richard's Club in Lawtell
-Slim's Y-Ki-Ki, Blue Diamond Club in St. Martinville (burned down), Tipitina's in New Orleans

00:36:45 - Toured to Boston, New York, Hartford, North Carolina, South Carolina

00:39:45 - Played at a cajun festival in Long Beach; Big Easy Festival in Rhode Island
-Frog Island Festival in Detroit; Names some of the bands at the festivals

00:44:25 - Local concerts: Golden Wheel Club with Millie Jackson, Denise Lasalle, Tyrone Davis
-Yambilee in Opelousas with Bobby Blue Bland; Jesse James
-Don Apollo Wilson and John Ford booked all these shows

00:47:00 - The radio station helped him out

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Zydeco; Creole; Gospel
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Felton Marlborough
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
00:47:17
Cataloged Date: 
Monday, September 23, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Monday, October 15, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Felton Marlborough and Joe Walker (part I)

Accession No.: 
BE2-076

Larry talks to Joe, Raymond, and Felton; Part II is BE2-075

Interview with Felton :

00:35 - Born March 12th, 1934 in Opelousas
-Started playing guitar when he was 14 and was playing dances when he was 15; No radio or TV

02:25 - Blues music; Would listen to a blues radio program from 11-11:15 pm
03:46 - Had his own band at the age of 15
04:15 - He recorded one record when he was 15, but he doesn't know what happened to it

05:10 - He stopped playing music to do construction work at 21
-In 1973, he got burned at the chemical plant
-Took 8 years to recover and during that time he started playing again

07:05 - Went back to construction in 1980, but had a back injury and surgery in 1983
-Now he only plays guitar

07:45 - Got in a wreck in 1987 and had to get neck surgery
08:50 - He did one record with Lee Lavergne in 1975 or 1976; Classie Ballo;
11:05 - When he was recovering, he played with different bands in the Lake Charles area; Katy Webster
12:00 - He played with Clifton Chenier, B.B. King, Fats Domino, Lightnin' Hopkins when they played around Opelousas
13:45 - Turned down playing with Clifton because he was more into blues instead of zydeco
15:10 - Plays gigs with Joe and Raymond; Made recordings with them
15:45 - They play maybe once a week together; Talk about gigs
17:40 - Talk about the record; They recorded parts at different times

Joe Walker:

21:00 - Born December 13th, 1944 in Lafayette
-Started playing the blues on guitar when he was 6
-Influenced by Lightnin' Slim, Jimmy Reed

22:45 - Played with Rockin' Dopsie when he was 15
-A few gigs with Clifton; Familiar with zydeco

23:35 - Recorded when he was 16 with Rockin' Sidney - "Just To Spend My Life With You" / "Our Last Goodbye"
-Recorded with Eddie Shuler; He played guitar and keyboard on the recordings

26:20 - Larry offers to help with booking
-Chubby Carrier; Story about Nathan Williams playing in New York
-How much bands get paid in Baltimore

34:30 - Lee recorded another LP with Joe with zydeco music; Not out yet

35:35 - Played on some sessions at Goldband; One solo that wasn't released
-One album with Rockin' Sidney
-Recorded a single with Henry Randle and the Zydeco Soul Express in 1984 at J.D. Miller's

39:00 - Lil Alfred and Charles Mann are playing, but Larry has to miss it
41:00 - At the beginning of the 1960s and into the 1970s, he had his own band; Rock and roll and blues

42:10 - Things were good while the oil industry was doing well, then it went down
-They used to have a lot of gigs; One man band

44:00 - Bon Temps Rouler Club, Grant St.
45:30 - Recorded with Roy Simon (Joe Simon's brother)

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Zydeco; Blues; R&B; Rock and Roll
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Raymond Randle and Joe Walker
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
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Duration: 
00:47:28
Cataloged Date: 
Monday, September 23, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Monday, October 15, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interviews with Bobby Charles; Johnny Allan; Cosimo Matassa; Lynn Ourso; and Luther Kent regarding John Fred

Accession No.: 
BE2-077

Interview with Bobby Charles:

00:45 - John Fred's recording of "Shirley"
01:15 - Recollections
02:00 - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
03:10 - Talking politics
04:00 - Discussing the Clean Water tour with Dr. John
04:30 - Cosimo Matassa getting back into recording
06:50 - Baseball song idea

Interview with Johnny Allan:

09:00 - Tour with Rod Bernard, Buck Rodgers, Jimmy Clanton, John Fred - Promoted by Sam Montel
10:45 - John Fred - helping Johnny with collecting photos for the Memories book
12:30 - John's illness
13:45 - Johnny mentions John Fred's modesty
15:00 - Discussing "Judy In Disguise"

Interview with Cosimo Matassa:

20:00 - Auditioning and turning down Sonny and Cher
21:00 - Talking about John Fred and his music

Attempting to call Sam Montel (Montelbano)

Interview with Luther Kent:

29:30 - Introduction
31:00 - First time sitting in with John Fred and eventually opening shows for him
33:00 - Sam Montel
34:15 - Current band
34:50 - Born and raised in New Orleans, talks about how he met John Fred
35:30 - RCS Records - Cyril Vetter
36:15 - Taste of the Senate show; Jazz Fest
39:50 - Montel sessions at La Louisianne
43:00 - Cold Grits Record label; Ode label

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Louisiana Music; Rhythm and Blues, Swamp Pop
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Bobby Charles; Lynn Ourso; Luther Kent
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
47:02
Digitized Date: 
Monday, October 15, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--60
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Lynn Ourso regarding John Fred and the Playboys

Accession No.: 
BE2-078

Lynn Ourso:

01:00 - Publishing rights
02:00 - Boogie Chillin'
04:00 - Started working with John Fred in 1960
04:45 - Starting playing bass with John Fred and The Playboys, switched to guitar
08:00 - La Louisianne Records - Carol and David Rachou
09:15 - John's recording gap 1962-64
13:00 - Gigs that The Playboys would play around the state
15:00 - Soul versus Pop music
16:30 - Music company and the Playboys
17:30 - Returning to manage and produce the group in 1967
19:30 - The band playing on the Johnny Carson Show
23:30 - John meeting Elvis and the Beatles; Overseas tour
26:30 - Last album
27:00 - Russ Regan
29:00 - Amy Bell Single
30:00 - Sugarcane Label
34:00 - Montel Studios - converting the old mono studio into a multitrack studio
42:30 - Poorly written eulogy in an Opelousas newspaper
44:30 - Fred's kidney issues, transplant

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Louisiana Music; John Fred
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
47:07
Digitized Date: 
Monday, October 15, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
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Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
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Radio show with Pete Bergeron and Houston Lejeune from 1985

Accession No.: 
BE3-007

Lache pas la patate - Jimmy C. Newman;
Leroy Broussard - Lawtell Waltz;
Adam Hebert - Mon tour vas venir;
Doris Matte - Trop jeune pour marier;
Camey Doucet and Wayne Toups - Pan Pe Po (To the melody of Les flammes d'enfer);
Ed Gary - Joe pitre à deux femmes
Iry Lejeune - 99 year waltz
Jim Olivier - La valse de Tolam
Hadley Castille - La dernière valse
Hector Duhon and Octa Clark - Bosco Stomp
Paul Daigle - La nouvelle valse d'anniversaire
Advertisement for CODOFIL;
Fred Charlie - The Good Times are Killing Me;
Leeman Prejean -

Language: 
French
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Bergeron, Pete
Subject: 
French, Louisiana, Cajun, Folk Music, Radio Show
Creator: 
Pete Bergeron/KRVS
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
KRVS / Pete Bergeron
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
1:06:15
Cataloged Date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Digitized Date: 
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Original Format: 
Audio--Reel--12"
Digital Format: 
WAV
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96kHz
Storage Location: 
Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore - Cabinet 2 Shelf 2

Radio show with Pete Bergeron and Houston Lejeune in 1985

Accession No.: 
BE3-008

00:03:00 - Link Davis - Madeline;
00:07:30 - Leeman Prejean - La valse de tout le monde;
00:11:15 - Paul Daigle - La valse des jeunes marriers;
00:14:30 - Belton Richard tune - Mom and Dad's Waltz;
00:19:36 - Jo-El Sonnier with Michael Doucet - Jolie Blonde (recording from unreleased live performance);
00:24:50 - Austin Pitre - Opelousas Waltz;
00:29:20 - Lawrence Walker - Chère Alice;
00:32:00 - Houston talks about seeing Lawrence Walker live;
00:34:55 - Shirley Bergeron - La dernière fois
00:37:42 - Spot with Harold Hollier, L.J. Alleman Principal
00:40:16 - Nathan Abshire - Kaplan Waltz
00:49:00 - Ivy Dugas - Offshore Waltz;
00:53:39 - J.B. Fuselier - Chère Bassette;
00:57:15 - Belton Richard - Chère tout tout;
01:03:15 - Camey Doucet - Moi et mon cousin;

Language: 
French
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Bergeron, Pete
Subject: 
French, Louisiana, Cajun, Folk Music, Radio Show
Creator: 
Pete Bergeron/KRVS
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
KRVS / Pete Bergeron
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
1:09:22
Cataloged Date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Original Format: 
Audio--Reel--12"
Digital Format: 
WAV
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Les douze jours de Noel

Accession No.: 
BE3.001

Les douze jours de Noel - version francais

Language: 
French
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Pete Bergeron
Subject: 
Cajuns, French, Christmas
Creator: 
Pierre Daigle et Phoebe Trotter
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
14:46
Digitized Date: 
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Original Format: 
Audio--Reel--7"
Digital Format: 
WAV
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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On va les embter

Accession No.: 
BE3.002

On va les embterTape was sticky, a better recording is available in BE3.010

Language: 
French
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Pete Bergeron
Subject: 
Cajun, French, Poetry, Fiddle
Creator: 
Jean Arceneaux et Michael Doucet
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
16:26
Digitized Date: 
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Original Format: 
Audio--Reel--7"
Digital Format: 
WAV
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Beausoleil France 1976 Copy of master tape #1

Accession No.: 
BE3.003

Tit MauriceJohnny CanÕt DanceJeunes filles de la campagneTravailler cÕest trop durC.I.A.Take it to me

Language: 
French
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Pete Bergeron
Creator: 
Beausoleil
Recording date: 
Monday, January 5, 1976
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
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Duration: 
21:16
Digitized Date: 
Friday, April 30, 2010
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Audio--Reel--7"
Digital Format: 
WAV
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
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Beausoleil France 1976 Copy of master tape #2

Accession No.: 
BE3.004

Bayou Teche WaltzJohnny CanÕt DanceLove Bridge WaltzLa valse de Grand CheminBosco Moscow two stepArc de triomphe two step

Language: 
French/English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Pete Bergeron
Creator: 
Beausoleil
Recording date: 
Monday, January 5, 1976
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
24:14
Digitized Date: 
Friday, April 30, 2010
Original Format: 
Audio--Reel--7"
Digital Format: 
WAV
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
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John Dubois sings 10 from his collection of Cajun folksongs

Accession No.: 
BE3.005

JÕŽtais au balAllons danser ColindaTÕes petite et tÕes mignonneJÕai passŽ devant ta porteLa chanson a AndrŽSaute CrapaudUn petite bonne hommeCÕest les Hip et TaieauLes maringouins ont toute mangŽ ma belleAllons ˆ Lafayette

Language: 
French
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Pete Bergeron
Creator: 
John Dubois
Recording date: 
Tuesday, October 12, 1971
Coverage Spatial: 
New York, NY
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
11:01
Digitized Date: 
Friday, April 30, 2010
Original Format: 
Audio--Reel--7"
Digital Format: 
WAV
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Tommy McClain and Freddy Fender Live show at Municiple Auditorium part 1

Accession No.: 
BE3.006

Sweet DreamsHard LovinÕ MeetingIÕll make you mineThat woman of mineCatfish John?When a man loves a womanWhen Will I be lovedgood golly Miss MollyJolie Blonde

Language: 
French/English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Pete Bergeron
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
32:23
Digitized Date: 
Friday, April 30, 2010
Original Format: 
Audio--Reel--7"
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WAV
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
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Tommy McClain and Freddy Fender Live show at Municiple Auditorium part 2

Accession No.: 
BE3.006b

Jukebox SongsShame on youI would never hurt you

Language: 
French/English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Bergeron
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
32:15
Digitized Date: 
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Original Format: 
Audio--Reel--7"
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WAV
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
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Len Harrington - Louisiana Hidden Corners

Accession No.: 
BE3.009

Chere la LouisianeFleur de lisOld Cajun MazurkaChanson de noceLacassine SpecialCajun BluesLovers LamentEunice two stepCool Summer NightTwo step de Moua KieWish You WellIf Knot for You

Language: 
French/English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Bergeron
Creator: 
Len Harrington - Gumboland Sound
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
31:43
Digitized Date: 
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Original Format: 
Audio--Reel--12Ó
Digital Format: 
WAV
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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On va les embeter (master tape)

Accession No.: 
BE3.010
Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Bergeron
Subject: 
Cajun, French, Poetry, Fiddle
Creator: 
Jean Arceneaux and Michael Doucet
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
16:38
Digitized Date: 
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Original Format: 
Audio--Reel--7"
Digital Format: 
WAV
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with George Visser.

Accession No.: 
BE4.001

Working for Union when he wanted to go back to school. He ended up not going back to school and worked for Union for 22 years
First contact with the oil industry in 1940 - Started as a roustabout (02:30);
Talking about how they built drill rigs (03:30)
Cajuns were used to the marsh and did well working in marsh conditions - Talking about their impact on the oil industry (04:45)

Audio breaks up

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Jack Beard
Subject: 
Oil Industry
Creator: 
Jack Beard
Recording date: 
Friday, October 19, 1984
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
34:55
Digitized Date: 
Monday, September 19, 2011
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--60
Digital Format: 
WAV
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96k
Storage Location: 
Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore - Drawer 10 Row 4

Interview with Amanda Hanks.

Accession No.: 
BE4.002

Amanda tells about her life growing up on an Island along the gulf coast.Teaching in a two room school house.Living during the depression and how it changed peopleÕs perspective.How the first generation of Cajuns handled the oil industry coming to Louisiana.The effects of the oil industry on the younger generations.Genteel Acadians, plantation owners around Vermillion Parish.The positives of the oil industry coming in.

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Jack Beard
Subject: 
Oil Fields
Creator: 
Jack Beard
Recording date: 
Tuesday, November 13, 1984
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Digitized Date: 
Monday, September 19, 2011
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Sanders Gaspard.

Accession No.: 
BE4.003.1

Importance of land to Cajuns.Problem of salt water coming into the marshes.

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Jack Beard
Subject: 
Oil Insdustry
Creator: 
Jack Beard
Recording date: 
Sunday, November 18, 1984
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Digitized Date: 
Monday, September 19, 2011
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Interview with Sanders Gaspard

Accession No.: 
BE4.003.2

Historical background. His Father was police Juror in Forked Island ÒCuzÓ Gaspard and grandfather was an engineer for canals.His FatherÕs dealings with the owners of the oil companies.Sanders involvement in the community.Buying his first piece of land and his farming career South West of Gueydan. An oil company built a well on his property.What the Cajuns have learned the hard way through dealing with the oil companies.Effects of using chemicals from the oil companies for spraying.Dump sites, open pits and the eventual clean up of these sites.Positives of oil companies for his farm. Concerns about chemicals on the health of the people.Cajuns never went hungry before or after oil companies came into town, they were resourceful.Effects of oil industry on the family units and family farms.The impact of the Cajuns on the oil industry.His Mother father, Mr. Primeaux, bought land and told his children he was going to start a town call it Primeaux Ville but the area was already Forked Island.Mr. Primeaux gave land to build the church and school.

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Jack Beard
Subject: 
Oil Industry
Creator: 
Jack Beard
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Digitized Date: 
Monday, September 19, 2011
Storage Location: 
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CJ "Bubba" Montgomery

Accession No.: 
BE4.004.1

Jack-of-all-trades , hunter, crawfish retailer, farmerInflation and the grain embargo impacting local economyOil revenue helping land owner farmersCJ Montgomery Sr. part owner Kaplan, LA rice millKaplan rice mill ran off of steam power 1920-1975 Cattle raised on rice and cornShrimp industry affected by oil drillingLock systems in canals effecting erosion on the gulf coast and coastal canal and marshesDrilling mud being dumped off rigs polluting water, effecting water clarityCommercial divers, construction work and cleaning up debris under older drilling rigsItems found under drilling rigs: drilling mud and chemicals, I-beams, fork liftsWhatÕs the long term affects of drilling mud and caustic chemicals on the fishing industries?Dumping and cleaning of platforms done under the cover of night so the Coast Guard wouldnÕt see the actions of the companies. Oil industry separating families for longer periods of time, but pay and jobs where plentiful.quote on drilling techniques: ÒThe Texans invented it, the coonasses perfected it.ÓSome cajunÕs with the economic windfall shunned there roots and family backgrounds.Man-made coastal canal erosion doubled or tripled the size of the canal1973-1981 was the boom time for growth and drilling Larger companies buy out local specialty service companies in the oil businesslabor pay was cut, but cost on rental supplies stayed the same. Cajun workers were not taken care of if they were injured.Law protecting divers from working in unsafe conditions.

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Beard, Jack
Subject: 
C drive processor
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
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Digitized Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2011
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CJ ÔBubbaÕ Montgomery III

Accession No.: 
BE4.004.2

Canjus derive their livelihood from the landCondition of the land deteriorating, oil companies responsible for erosion in coastal canals.Vacuuming mud from under offshore drilling platforms more of Ôa showÕ than actually helping clean up the environment Offshore divers being paid less than previous years and exploiting new arrivals to the businessLocal companies have more experience than northern companies when it comes to drilling in the marsh

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Beard, Jack
Subject: 
Land and Environment
Coverage Spatial: 
Cajuns and the land
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Digitized Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Farther John Inverse

Accession No.: 
BE4.005.1

First oil well in LA was in Jennings, found local workers in the cajun community. (1901)People not attending church because of work schedule and families breaking up.Demands of priest higher trying to help familiesAnyone can rough-neck without a college degree.Cajun workers having tougher time making a living off the land (hunting, fishing, trapping)Family unit and the oil industry, continuing education diminished to work offshore workPagers (beepers) interrupting mass on SundayWhat other industries would step in to help the southren Louisiana economy?Oil companies only spoke with the church on regards to drilling around church grounds or cemeteries Conflict with economics and the spiritual worldÒif you can get to the moon, you should be able to make a car that doesnÕt run on gas.ÓPeople not selling property because of the prospect of finding oil on the landBalancing life around a seven and seven schedule.Future generation of workers: will they be spoiled for the affluence that was gained when oil was found on a families landPoint Misere, settlers that had missed the Mississippi river, had intermarried then absorbed into the Lake Author around 1890.

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Beard, Jack
Subject: 
Oil companies
Creator: 
Jack Beard
Recording date: 
Saturday, February 11, 1984
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Digitized Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Storage Location: 
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