The undisputed “Ruler of Zydeco,” Clifton Chenier was the first Creole to become presented a Grammy award on nationwide television. Mixing the French and Cajun 2-techniques and waltzes of southwest Louisiana with New Orleans R&B, Tx blues, and big-band jazz, Chenier made the present day, dance-inspiring, noises of zydeco. A flamboyant character, appreciated for his silver tooth as well as the cape and crown that he used during concerts, Chenier established the standard for all your zydeco players who’ve implemented in his footsteps. Within an interview from Ann Savoy’s reserve, Cajun Music: Representation of the People, Chenier described, “Zydeco is rock and roll and French blended together, you understand, like France music and rock and roll with a defeat to it. It is the ditto as stone but it’s different because I’m performing in French.” The kid of sharecropper and beginner accordion participant, Joe Chenier, as well as the nephew of the guitarist, fiddler, and dance membership owner, Maurice “Big” Chenier, Chenier discovered his earliest affects within the blues of Muddy Waters, Peetie Wheatstraw, and Lightnin’ Hopkins, the brand new Orleans R&B of Fatty acids Domino and Teacher Longhair, the 1920s and ’30s recordings by zydeco accordionist Amede Ardoin as well as the playing of youth close friends Claude Faulk and Jesse and Zozo Reynolds. Obtaining his initial accordion from a neighbor, Isaie “Easy” Blasa in 1947, Chenier was trained the basics from the equipment by his dad. By 1944, Chenier was executing, with his sibling Cleveland on frottoir (rub-board) within the dance halls of Lake Charles. Shifting to New Iberia within the middle-’40s, Chenier proved helpful in the glucose fields cutting glucose cane. After shifting, to Interface Arthur, TX, in 1947, he divided his time taken between traveling a refinery pickup truck and hauling tube for Gulf and Texaco and using his sibling. In 1954, Chenier authorized with Elko Information. His 1st recording program, at Lake Charles radio train station KAOK, yielded seven music including the local hit solitary, “Cliston’s Blues” and “Louisiana Stomp.” Chenier’s 1st national attention was included with his initial one for the Area of expertise record label, “Ay Tete Fille (Hey, LITTTLE LADY),” a cover of the Teacher Longhair tune, released in-may 1955. The melody was among 12 that he documented during two periods made by Bumps Blackwell, most widely known for his use Small Richard. By 1956, Chenier acquired left his time job to spend his full-time focus on music, Touring along with his music group, the Zydeco Ramblers, including blues guitarist Philip Walker. The next year, Chenier still left Specialty and agreed upon using the Chess label in Chicago. Although he toured, alongside Etta James, through the entire USA, Chenier’s career experienced when the reputation of cultural and local music styles begun to drop. Although he documented 13 music for the Crowley, LA-based Zynn label, between 1958 and 1960, non-e charted. The turning stage in Chenier’s profession emerged when Lightnin’ Hopkins’ wife, who was simply a cousin, presented Chris Strachwitz, owner from the root base music label, Arhoolie, to his early recordings. Strachwitz quickly agreed upon Chenier to Arhoolie, making his initial one, “Ay Yi Yi”/”Why Do You Go YESTERDAY EVENING?,” in four years. Although they continuing to interact before early ’70s, Chenier and Strachwitz differed artistically. While Chenier wished to record commercial-minded R&B, Strachwitz inspired him to spotlight traditional zydeco. Chenier’s initial record for Arhoolie, Louisiana Blues and Zydeco, highlighted one aspect of blues and R&B and something aspect of French 2-techniques and waltzes. In 1976, Chenier documented one of is own greatest albums, Bogalusa Boogie, and shaped a fresh group, the Crimson Hot Louisiana Music group, offering tenor saxophonist “Blind” John Hart and guitarist Paul Senegal. Chenier reached the maximum of his recognition within the ’80s. In 1983, he received a Grammy award for his recording, I’m Here!, documented in eight hours in Bogalusa, LA. The next yr, he performed in the White Home. Although he experienced kidney disease along with a partly amputated feet and was necessary to go through dialysis treatment every three times, Chenier continued to execute until seven days before his loss of life on Dec 12, 1987. Pursuing his loss of life, his boy, C.J. Chenier, got over leadership from the Crimson Hot Louisiana Music group. A documentary video of Chenier’s shows at the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Blues Festival, the brand new Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and on Louisiana tv premiered by Arhoolie.
|1||Buried in All Souls Cemetery in Loreauville, Iberia Parish, Louisiana.|
|2||Creole, native French speaker.|
|3||Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2011.|
|Mafia III||2016||Video Game performer: "Ay-Tete-Fee" - uncredited / writer: "Ay-Tete-Fee" - uncredited|
|Straw Dogs||2011||performer: "Release Me and Let Me Love Again"|
|Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place||2011||Documentary performer: "Big Wheel" / writer: "Big Wheel"|
|In the Electric Mist||2009||performer: "I'm A Hog For You", "I'm Coming Home To See My Mother" / writer: "I'm A Hog For You", "I'm Coming Home To See My Mother"|
|The Yellow Handkerchief||2008||writer: "I'm Coming Home"|
|Schultze Gets the Blues||2003||music: "Johnny ne peut pas danser Johnny Can't Dance"|
|24||2002||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|Coming Soon||1999||writer: "All Night Long"|
|Segno di fuoco||1990||performer: "When You Going To Sing For Me" / writer: "When You Going To Sing For Me"|
|Frank's Place||1987||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|The Big Easy||1986||writer: "YOU USED TO CALL ME"|
|France société anonyme||1974|
|Dedans le sud de la Louisiane||1974||Documentary||Himself|
|The 56th Annual Grammy Awards||2014||TV Special||Himself - Lifetime Achievement Honoree|
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