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Cleveland Chenier

The scraping and scrubbing rhythms of Cleveland Chenier’s frottoir (rub-board) were an important ingredient from the performances and recordings of his youthful sibling, Clifton, “The Ruler Of Zydeco”, for a lot more than 4 decades. The kid of the sharecropper and amateur accordion participant, Joe Chenier” along with a electric guitar and fiddle participant and dance membership owner, Maurice “Big” Chenier, Chenier started using his sibling within the dance night clubs of Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1944. Occassionally, both teenaged brothers used Clarence “Bon Lot” Garlow’s music group. Moving to Interface Arthur, Texas to operate in the essential oil refineries, within the past due-1940s, Chenier continuing to perform along with his sibling on weekends. Their documenting debut emerged in 1954 if they recorded an individual, “Cliston’s Blues” and “Louisiana Stomp,” within the studios of Lake Charles radio place, KOAK. Aside from a limited period in the first 1960s, when he performed with Lightning Hopkins, Chenier continuing to utilize his brother’s group, ! The Crimson Hot Louisiana Music group, until Clifton’s loss of life in 1987. He continued to be with the music group, under the command of Clifton’s kid, C.J., until retiring in 1990. He passed away the following calendar year.

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