Harry Choates Similar Artists

Clifton Chenier - 70% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 June 1925, Opelousas, Louisiana, USA, d. 12 December 1987, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. This singer, guitarist, and harmonica and accordion player is regarded by many as the ‘king of zydeco music’. Chenier was given lessons on the accordion by his father, and started performing at dances. He also had the advantage of being able to sing in French patois, English an Read more

Nathan Abshire - 60% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s
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27 June 1913, between Bayou Queue de Tortue and Gueydan, Louisiana, USA, d. 13 May 1981, Basile, Louisiana, USA. The eldest of six children, Abshire became one of the major stars of Cajun music. Both his parents played accordion and he taught the instrument as a child, making his first public appearance at the age of eight in a dancehall in Mermentau Cove. In 1935, backed by Read more

BeauSoleil - 42% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Widely considered to be the pre-eminent Cajun band of the 80s and 90s, BeauSoleil (the capitalized ‘S’ having been added in the 90s) have amassed a substantial discography that features some of the most exciting music extant within the traditional music realm. Rather than contemplate retirement, if anything, their output seems to have increased and intensified during Read more

Jo-El Sonnier - 33% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 October 1946, Rayne, Louisiana, USA. The son of sharecroppers, Sonnier (pronounced Sawn-ya) was working in cotton fields from the age of five. He began singing and playing accordion, worked on local radio and recorded his first single, ‘Tes Yeaux Bleus’ (Your Blue Eyes) when aged 13. He recorded his ‘white roots Cajun music’ for the Swallow and Goldband Read more

Michael Doucet - 29% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 February 1951, Scott, near Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Following a family tradition, Doucet played music from his earliest years, mastering banjo at the age of five and guitar at eight. Like others of the era he was influenced by rock music, although Cajun music was ever-present. Doucet played in folk rock bands with his cousin, Zachary Richard, at the age of 12, then join Read more

Boozoo Chavis - 24% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Wilson Anthony Chavis, 23 October 1930, Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 May 2001, Austin, Texas, USA. This singer and accordionist was one of the first artists to popularise zydeco, the vernacular music of African-American Louisiana. Chavis had learned to play accordion and harmonica by the age of nine and performed around Lake Charles while in his teens. In 1954 he was s Read more

Buckwheat Zydeco - 23% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Founded by Stanley Dural (Lafayette, Louisiana, USA). Dural started his musical career playing piano and organ in local bands around south-east Louisiana. In the late 80s and early 90s, Buckwheat Zydeco emerged as one of the leaders of zydeco music, the accordion-led dance music of southern Louisiana’s French-speaking Creoles. Dural, taking the nickname ‘Buckwheat& Read more

Doug Kershaw - 23% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Johnnie Allan - 23% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Allan Guillot, 10 March 1938, Rayne, Louisiana, USA. Allan was raised in a sharecropping family, speaking both English and French. His great-uncle, Joe Falcon, made one of the first Cajun records, ‘Allons A Lafayette’. From the age of 13, he was playing rhythm guitar and steel guitar in local bands. In 1958 and as part of the Krazy Kats, Allan had regional hit Read more

Red Foley - 22% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Clyde Julian Foley, 17 June 1910, in a log cabin between Blue Lick and Berea, Kentucky, USA, d. 19 September 1968, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. The son of a fiddle player, Foley learned guitar as a child and was encouraged to sing by his parents. After high school, he attended Georgetown College, Kentucky, where he was discovered by a scout for the noted WLS National Barn Dance Read more

Jimmy C. Newman - 18% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jimmy Yves Newman, 27 August 1927, Big Mamou, Louisiana, USA. Since he was of French origin, speaking both English and French, and grew up in the heart of the Cajun area of the state, it is no surprise that he went on to become one of the main artists to bring that genre of music into the field of country music. He left school prematurely when his father died to help support Read more

Zachary Richard - 18% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 September 1950, Scott, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Born into the musical atmosphere of a Cajun community, Richard took piano lessons from the age of eight and also sang in church and in the local Bishop’s Boys Choir. As he grew up he took an interest in rock ‘n’ roll, being particular impressed by the Rolling Stones, the Byrds and Simon And Garfunkel. Later, Read more

The Delmore Brothers - 17% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Country & Bluegrass World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Alton (25 December 1908, Elkmont, Limestone County, Alabama, USA, d. 8 June 1964, Huntsville, USA; guitar) and Rabon (b. 3 December 1916, Elkmont, Limestone County, Alabama, USA, d. 4 December 1952, Athens, Alabama, USA; fiddle, four-string tenor guitar) were two of the many children born to Charles and Mary Delmore, who, like many others of their day, struggled to make a li Read more

Jimmie Rodgers - 16% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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James Charles Rodgers, 8 September 1897, Pine Springs, near Meridian, Mississippi, USA, d. 26 May 1933, New York, USA. Jimmie was the youngest of three sons of Aaron Woodberry Rodgers, who had moved from Alabama to Meridian to work as foreman of a railroad maintenance crew. In 1904, his mother Eliza (Bozeman) died (probably from tuberculosis), and following his father’s Read more

C.J. Chenier - 13% match to Harry Choates

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 September 1957, Port Arthur, Texas, USA. C.J. is the son of the ‘king of zydeco’, Clifton Chenier. He began playing saxophone while at school, but grew up knowing little about Louisiana zydeco music, and he spoke English at home. However, he learned quickly when he became a member of his father’s band, replacing saxophonist John Hart. He recorded with his f Read more


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