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Rufus Thibodeaux

Most widely known for his lengthy cooperation with Grand Ole Opry tale Jimmy C. Newman, Cajun fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux was a renowned Nashville program musician for over half of a century, assembling a massive body of function that spanned across years and across styles. Delivered January 5, 1934, in Ridge, LA, Thibodeaux started playing electric guitar at age group six before shifting towards the fiddle at 12. In just a season, he was a fixture at regional dances, and became a member of Cajun swing metal guitarist Julius “Papa Cairo” Lamperez in 1949. Thibodeaux spent a lot of the following 10 years in the payroll at manufacturer Jay Miller’s Crowley studio room, playing on his initial record, the Clement Brothers’ “Diggy Liggy Lo,” in 1950. Around that same period, he fulfilled Newman within a south Louisiana nightclub and immediately after became a member of his band, showing up in the singer’s initial major strike, 1952’s “Cry, Cry Darling.” Although Thibodeaux was a fixture of Newman’s Opry performances, often earning position ovations for his incendiary solos, he continued to be a sought-after program participant throughout his profession, executing with Nashville royalty including Lefty Frizzell, George Jones, and Jim Reeves furthermore to blues great Thin Harpo, Broadway celebrity Carol Channing, and rock and roll icon Neil Youthful (actually touring with Young’s short-lived support music group the International Harvesters). In 1970, Thibodeaux supported Newman on “Lache Pas la Patate,” the very first solitary in Cajun French ever qualified platinum. For La Louisianne Information, he also slice a single record, The Cajun Nation Fiddle of Rufus Thibodeaux. During his old age Thibodeaux battled diabetes, which pressured the 1999 amputation of his lower leg but did small to curtail his occupied recording routine. He passed away in Nashville on August 12, 2005.

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