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The Basin Brothers


You can’t really sit still even though Lafayette, Louisiana-based Cajun music group the Basin Brothers, are using. Led by fiddler, guitarist, mandolinist, and vocalist Al Berard, the Basin Brothers transform the original music of Louisiana’s French Triangle right into a extremely energetic combination of two-steps and waltzes. Acquiring their name from the Atchafayla Basin, where Berard was raised, the Basin Brothers took their music considerably beyond the bayous of Louisiana, showing up at Cajun and folk celebrations throughout the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The original sound from the Basin Brothers contrasts with Berard’s first memories. The final of eight kids as well as the son of the trapper and crawdad fisherman, Berard (b: 1960) demonstrated a musical aptitude as a child, defeating rhythms on pans and pots within the family members kitchen. At age 11, while participating in a rehearsal of the music group that included his brother-in-law’s youthful sibling, he became fascinated with a guitar. Investing in a chord reserve, he sketched out a electric guitar on the cardboard container and trained himself the essential chords. Seven days later, he obtained his first acoustic guitar. Throughout his teenagers, Berard continuing to sharpen his abilities like a guitarist. Furthermore to using his chapel choir, he documented jingles and worked well like a program music artists in Lafayette studios. After graduating from senior high school, he performed during the night with a difficult rock-band, ReFix, and worked well throughout the day in a number of careers including dredge motorboat hand, steel employee, and machinist. Berard’s 1st break like a musician arrived when he was received a telephone call from Cajun fiddler Hadley J. Castille, welcoming him to become listed on Castille’s music group. Although, he previously reservations about playing Cajun music, he approved the position. Inside a later on interview, he stated, “I recall stating to myself, ‘What will you do here, likely to play that older Frenchy Cajun?'” The enthusiastic response that he received during his shows with Castille inspired Berard’s potential musical path. Invited to become listed on young Cajun music group File, he continued to be using the group for just two years, departing to spend period with his mom who was simply hospitalized. Although his mom died several days later on, he remained focused on playing Cajun music. Telephoning a vintage friend, Keith Blanchard, a drummer, he indicated a desire to understand to try out the fiddle. With Blanchard’s encouragement, he bought a fiddle and quickly trained himself the device. After buying an eight-track tape recorder and composing some Cajun tracks, Berard and Blanchard constructed several music artists to record an recording. A turning stage within the band’s fortunes arrived shortly after these were created. Performing at an advantage dance in the Cecelia Booster Golf club, the band received $10,000 inside a raffle, allowing them to get new devices and P.A. program. The Basin Brothers spent the very first six many years of their presence building a faithful following within their house condition. In 1988, Berard remaining his day work to target full-time on music. Shortly later on, the group authorized with Flying Seafood. Their debut recording for the label, Let’s Obtain Cajun premiered in 1989, and gained the group their 1st Grammy nomination.

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Full Name Basin Brothers
Music Songs Maine Two-Step, Cajun Special, Oh Tite Fille, Grand Anse Fiddle, A Dollar Here, Lemonade Song, At the Zydeco, Bath Tub Song, Hack a Moreau, Eunice Two-Step, Let the Good Times Roll, Un Marriage Cassé, My True Love, Uncle Joe, La Veille de Christmus, Midnight Waltz, Valse au bayou, Les flammes d'enfer 1993-09-19, Depuis l'age de quinze ans 1994-09-17, Marie
Albums Stayin' Cajun

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1 The Mills Brothers were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2 Vocal harmony group. Members were: John Mills, John Mills, Herbert Mills, Harry Mills and Donald Mills.



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016 performer: "Diga Diga Doo"
American Pastoral 2016 performer: "Dream Dream Dream"
Trumbo 2015 performer: "The Glow Worm"
Lang historie kort 2015 performer: "Darling Nelly Grey"
Fury 2014 performer: "You Always Hurt the One You Love"
Boardwalk Empire 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Little Death 2014 performer: "Nagasaki"
Famous Nathan 2014 Documentary performer: "Coney Island Washboard"
The Monuments Men 2014 performer: "You Always Hurt The One You Love"
Raising Hope 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kill Your Darlings 2013 performer: "You Always Hurt the One You Love"
Woody Allen: A Documentary 2012 Documentary performer: "Paper Doll"
The Ambassador 2011 Documentary performer: "Jungle Fever"
Hick 2011 performer: "Paper Doll"
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "The Glow-Worm"
Grey Gardens 2009 TV Movie performer: "Glow Worm"
A Trip to Swadades 2008 performer: "Paper Doll"
The War 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Captivity 2007 performer: "Paper Doll"
My Kid Could Paint That 2007 Documentary performer: "Funiculi, Funicula"
Cold Case TV Series 1 episode, 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2004
Thank You for Smoking 2005 performer: "Smoke Rings"
Madman Muntz: American Maverick 2005 Documentary performer: "She Was Five and He Was Ten"
Being Julia 2004 performer: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries"
Dean Martin: The One and Only 2004 Video documentary performer: "Paper Doll", "Opus One" - uncredited
Mona Lisa Smile 2003 performer: "The Glow Worm"
I'll See You in My Dreams 2003 Short "I'll See You In My Dreams"
Normal 2003 TV Movie performer: "You Always Hurt the One You Love"
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven 2002 Video Game performer: "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal, You", "Chinatown, My Chinatown", "Tiger Rag", "Out For No Good", "Moanin' For You", "Caravan"
The Majestic 2001 performer: "Paper Doll"
Pearl Harbor 2001 performer: "Miss You"
The Family Man 2000 performer: "Jingle Bells"
Random Hearts 1999 performer: "Daddy's Little Girl"
American Masters 1999 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Best Laid Plans 1999 performer: "Glow Worm"
Man of the Century 1999 performer: "Diga Diga Do"
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg 1998 Documentary performer: "Tiger Rag"
Zacharia Farted 1998 performer: "NAGASAKI"
Trees Lounge 1996 performer: "I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT YOU"
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 performer: "You Always Hurt The One You Love"
King of the Hill 1993 performer: "Tiger Rag" 1918
Møv og Funder 1991 performer: "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You", "Tiger Rag"
Crooked Hearts 1991 performer: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"
The Handmaid's Tale 1990 performer: "Someday You'll Want Me To Want You", "I Don't Know Enought About You"
Tucker: The Man and His Dream 1988 "Tiger Rag"
Drei D 1988 "You Always Hurt The One You Love"
Prom Night II 1987 performer: "Queen of the Senior Prom"
Radio Days 1987 performer: "Paper Doll" 1915
The Singing Detective 1986 TV Mini-Series performer - 2 episodes
Police Squad! 1982 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Raging Bull 1980 performer: "Till Then" 1944
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Execution of Private Slovik 1974 TV Movie performer: "Paper Doll"
The Jack Benny Program 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Big Record 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Mills Brothers on Parade 1956 Short performer: "Paper Doll", "Sing Si Si", "Opus One"
Cowboy Canteen 1944 performer: " Up a Lazy River", "Paper Doll" - uncredited
Lazy River 1944 Short performer: "Lazy River"
He's My Guy 1943 "Cielito Lindo" / performer: "Cielito Lindo"
Reveille with Beverly 1943 performer: "Cielito Lindo", "Sweet Lucy Brown"
Rhythm Parade 1942 performer: "Mimi From Tahiti"
Sing as You Swing 1937 performer: "Nagasaki", "In My Solitude"
The Old Mill Pond 1936 Short performer: "I Heard" - uncredited
Broadway Gondolier 1935 "Lulu's Back in Town" 1935, uncredited
Operator 13 1934 performer: "Roll, Jordan, Roll" 1934, "Sleepy Head" 1934, "Jungle Fever" 1934 - uncredited
Strictly Dynamite 1934 performer: "Swing It Sister" 1932, "Money in My Clothes" 1934 - uncredited
Twenty Million Sweethearts 1934 "Out for No Good" 1934, uncredited / performer: "How'm I Doin'?" 1932, "I Heard" 1932 - uncredited
When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba 1933 Short performer: "Alexander's Ragtime Band" - uncredited
Dinah 1933 Short performer: "Dinah"
The Big Broadcast 1932 performer: "Tiger Rag"
I Ain't Got Nobody 1932 Short performer: "Tiger Rag" uncredited, "I Ain't Got Nobody Much and Nobody Cares for Me"



The Dean Martin Show 1967 TV Series
When You're Smiling 1950 The Mills Brothers
Cowboy Canteen 1944 The Mills Brothers
Chatterbox 1943 Quartet
He's My Guy 1943 The Mills Brothers
Reveille with Beverly 1943 The Mills Brothers (as The Mill Brothers Quartet)
Broadway Gondolier 1935 The Four Mills Brothers (as The Four Mills Brothers)
Operator 13 1934 Medicine Show Singers (as The Four Mills Brothers)
Strictly Dynamite 1934
Twenty Million Sweethearts 1934 The Mills Brothers (as The Four Mills Bros.)
The Big Broadcast 1932 The Mills Brothers



Love Letters in the Sands of Time 2010 TV Movie Themselves
Jazz Legends Live Part 1 2004 Video documentary
Salute! 1983 TV Series Themselves
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1980 TV Series Themselves
The 20th Annual Grammy Awards 1978 TV Special Themselves
Super Night at the Super Bowl 1978 TV Movie Themselves
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964-1976 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest / Themselves - Guests / Themselves / ...
Dinah! 1975-1976 TV Series Themselves
The David Frost Show 1970-1971 TV Series Themselves
The Mike Douglas Show 1971 TV Series Themselves - Vocalists
The Merv Griffin Show 1970 TV Series Themselves
The Red Skelton Hour 1953-1969 TV Series Themselves - Guest Vocalists
The Dean Martin Show 1967-1969 TV Series Themselves
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Themselves
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1969 TV Series Themselves / Themselves - Singer / Themselves - Singers
Operation: Entertainment 1968 TV Series Themselves
The Jimmy Dean Show 1965 TV Series Themselves
The Lawrence Welk Show 1964 TV Series Themselves
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams 1959 TV Series Themselves
The Jimmie Rodgers Show 1959 TV Series Themselves
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1959 TV Series Themselves
The Garry Moore Show 1959 TV Series Themselves
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom 1958 TV Series Themselves
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series Themselves - Singers
The Ed Sullivan Show 1954-1957 TV Series Themselves
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Themselves
The Spike Jones Show 1957 TV Series Themselves
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957 TV Series Themselves - Guests / Themselves - Singers
The Tony Bennett Show 1956 TV Series Themselves
The Mills Brothers on Parade 1956 Short Themselves
Songs for Sale 1952 TV Series Themselves
Texaco Star Theatre 1949-1952 TV Series Themselves - Singers / Themselves - Vocalists
Lazy River 1944 Short Themselves
Hit Tune Jamboree 1943 Short Themselves
Swing Tease 1940 Short Themselves
Sing as You Swing 1937 Themselves (as The Four Mills Brothers)
I Ain't Got Nobody 1932 Short Themselves

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Archive Footage

My Music: Starlight Ballroom 2015 TV Movie Themselves
American Masters 1999-2014 TV Series documentary Themselves
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Sing Brother Sing 2004 Video Themselves
Harlem Renaissance 2004 Video documentary Themselves
God Only Knows: Vocal Harmony - The Voice 2003 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Nat King Cole: The Incomparable Nat King Cole Volume 2 1992 Video Themselves
Jazz Ball 1956 TV Movie documentary Themselves

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