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Doug Kershaw


1969 was a pivotal year within the musical career of Doug Kershaw (born Douglas Adam Kershaw). An appearance in the leading broadcast from the Johnny Cash Present, on June 7, brought him to the eye of his largest market and resulted in a agreement with Warner Brothers/Seven Arts. 8 weeks afterwards, Kershaw’s autobiographical melody, “Louisiana Guy,” became the very first melody broadcast back again to Earth in the Moon with the astronauts of Apollo 12. Kershaw capped the entire year having a much-publicized, week-long engagement in the Fillmore East in NY as opening take action for Eric Clapton’s Derek & the Dominos. Although it appeared to many rock and roll and pop followers that Kershaw experienced appeared from nowhere, he previously already sold a lot more than 18 million copies from the records he previously done in the first ’60s along with his sibling, Rusty. “Louisiana Man” have been a high Ten country strike in 1961 and its own follow-up, “Diggy Diggy Lo,” experienced done almost aswell. The son of the alligator hunter, Kershaw was the seventh created to a family group that ultimately included five children and four young ladies. Elevated in a house where Cajun French was spoken, he didn’t find out English before age group of eight. By that point, he had learned the fiddle, which he performed from age five, and was on his method to teaching himself to try out an incredible 28 equipment. His initial gig was at an area club, the Bucket of Bloodstream, where he was associated with his mom on electric guitar. After teaching his sibling Rusty (blessed Russell; Feb 2, 1938) to try out guitar, he produced a music group, the Continental Playboys, with Rusty and old sibling Peewee in 1948. Although they originally sang in French, J.D. Miller, owner from the Feature record label, persuaded them to include songs in British to their repertoire. Using the departure of Peewee in the group in the first ’50s, Doug and Rusty continuing to perform being a duo. The brothers quickly constructed a solid popularity because of their high-energy shows of Cajun two-steps and nation ballads. In 1955, they documented their first one, “Therefore Lovely, Baby.” Released over the Hickory label, the tune became a high Five country strike in August 1955. Quickly afterward, these were invited to be cast members from the Louisiana Hayride, a favorite radio present broadcast from Shreveport, LA. In 1957, they documented a high 40 country strike, “Like Me to Items.” They truly became members from the Grand Ole Opry the next year. Regardless of the needs of his music profession, Doug signed up for McNeese State University or college and gained an undergraduate level in mathematics. In the peak of the early profession, in 1958, Doug and Rusty made a decision to concurrently enlist in america Military. They dedicated their focus on the armed service until their dismissal 3 years later. Picking right up where they remaining off in Feb 1961, both brothers documented “Louisiana Guy,” a music Doug wrote within the Military. The music was eventually included in a lot more than 800 performers. By enough time their debut recording, Rusty and Doug, premiered in July 1964, nevertheless, the Kershaw brothers experienced elected to visit their separate methods. It required another 3 years before Doug authorized a songwriter’s agreement with BMI. Regardless of the achievement of his single career, Kershaw stayed plagued by major depression and sorrow. His dad had dedicated suicide when he was just seven. Until 1984, Kershaw battled medication and alcohol misuse and he became known for erratic behavior. Although he continuing to execute and record, his albums from the 1970s didn’t duplicate the industrial achievement of “Louisiana Guy” and “Diggy Diggy Lo.” In 1981, Kershaw rebounded along with his biggest offering hit, “Hello Girl,” which reached the united states music Best 40. In 1988, he documented a duet, “Cajun Baby,” with Hank Williams, Jr., that became a high 50 country strike. Marrying his wife, Pam, on the Astro Dome on June 21, 1975, Kershaw started raising his very own family, including five sons — Douglas, Victor, Zachary, Tyler, and Elijah — and two grandsons. His kid Tyler has drums in his music group. Kershaw released a French-language record, Two Stage Fever, in 1999. Michael Doucet of Beausoleil is normally featured over the duet “Fievre de Deux Etapes.” Sizzling hot Diggity Doug premiered in middle-2000 but still Cajun IN THE END These Years implemented in early 2001. Easy made an appearance from Cooking Vinyl fabric in 2002.

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Full Name Doug Kershaw
Date Of Birth January 24, 1936
Profession Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Fiddler
Education McNeese State University
Nationality American
Spouse Pam Kershaw
Children Zachary Kershaw, Douglas Kershaw, Victor Kershaw, Elijah Kershaw, Tyler Kershaw
Siblings Rusty Kershaw
Music Groups Rusty & Doug
Music Songs Louisiana Man, Jole Blon, Mamou Two-Step, Cajun Stripper, Jambalaya, Mama's Got The Know How, Sweet Jole Blon', Spanish Moss, Swamp Grass, My Sally Jo, Calling Baton Rouge, Battle Of New Orleans, Nickel In My Pocket, Play, Fiddle, Play, Hey Mae, Cajun Joe the Bully of the Bayou, It Takes All Day, Mama Said Yeah, Natural Man, Diggy Diggy Lo, Son Of A Louisiana Man, Hippy-Ty-O, Feed it To The Fish, Toot Toot, Flip, Flop & Fly, Swamp Dance, Trying To Live, You Don't Want My Love, Devil's Elbow, Louisiana Love Song, Come Kiss Your Man, Hardly Anymore
Albums Swamp Grass / Douglas James Kershaw, Devil's Elbow, Two Step Fever, Spanish Moss, A Classical Cajun Gumbo, Alive & Fiddlin', Essential Masters '55-'62, Volume 2, Doug Kershaw, Douglas James Kershaw, The Best Of, The Cajun Way, Mama Kershaw's Boy, Hot Diggidy Doug, The Best Of Doug Kershaw, Cajun Greats, Louisiana Man, Cajun Son, The Crazy Cajun Recordings, Rajin' Cajun, Diggy Diggy Lo, Rhino Hi-Five: Doug Kershaw, The Clash of the Musical Cultures, Swamp Grass, Flip, Flop & Fly, Rusty & Doug Kershaw: Volume I, Louisiana Man, Wichita Wildcat, Louisiana Men: The Complete Hickory Recordings, Anthology - Rare Masters 1958-1969, Greatest Hits
Nominations Academy of Country Music Award for Fiddle Player of the Year
Movies Days of Heaven, Zachariah, Medicine Ball Caravan, Doug Kershaw: The Ragin' Cajun, Great Medicine Ball Caravan
TV Shows Music Country USA

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1 Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
2 Cousin of Sammy Kershaw.



The Marty Stuart Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 2010 Video performer: "Louisiana Man" / writer: "Louisiana Man"
New Orleans Story 2008 Documentary performer: "Louisiana Man" / writer: "Louisiana Man"
Today's Country Music 2006 Video writer: "Louisiana Man"
Venom 2005 performer: "Jole Blon" / writer: "Jole Blon"
Dolly TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1988 writer - 1 episode, 1988
Night of the Comet 1984 performer: "King County Woman"
Heaven's Gate 1980 writer: "Mamou Two-Step'
Days of Heaven 1978 lyrics: "Swamp Dance" / music: "Swamp Dance" / performer: "Swamp Dance"
In Concert 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Porter Wagoner Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1974 writer - 1 episode, 1970
Medicine Ball Caravan 1971 Documentary performer: "The Battle of New Orleans"
Zachariah 1971 performer: "Ballad of Job Cain" / writer: "Ballad of Job Cain"
The Johnny Cash Show TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1969 - 1970 performer - 2 episodes, 1969 - 1970



The Chisholms 1979 TV Mini-Series Fiddler Ephraim
Days of Heaven 1978 Fiddler
Mary's Incredible Dream 1976 TV Movie Adam / Devil / War
Zachariah 1971 The Fiddler



The Rolling Stones: Some Girls: Live in Texas 2011 Video Himself
The Marty Stuart Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
Gene Williams Country Television Show 2005 TV Series Himself
Super Bowl XXIV 1990 TV Movie Himself - Halftime Performer
Dolly 1988 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series Herself
The Music Shoppe 1981 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1971-1978 TV Series Himself / Himself - Fiddler / Himself - Cajun Vocalist
Super Night at the Super Bowl 1978 TV Movie Himself
Constantinople 1977 TV Movie Himself
Dinah! 1975-1976 TV Series Himself
Rock Concert 1976 TV Series Himself
Music Country U.S.A. 1974 TV Series Himself
10th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
The Porter Wagoner Show 1974 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hee Haw 1970-1972 TV Series Himself - Special Guest / Himself
Medicine Ball Caravan 1971 Documentary Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Cajun Fiddler
Flip 1970 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Everly Brothers Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Virginia Graham Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Johnny Cash Show 1969-1970 TV Series Himself - Fiddler
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Playboy After Dark 1970 TV Series Singer
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1957 TV Series Himself (as Rusty & Doug)

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Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 2010 Video Himself

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