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Jo-El Sonnier - 100% match to Michael Doucet

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

BeauSoleil - 91% match to Michael Doucet

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

Nathan Abshire - 46% match to Michael Doucet

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

Clifton Chenier - 44% match to Michael Doucet

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

Zachary Richard - 43% match to Michael Doucet

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

Buckwheat Zydeco - 36% match to Michael Doucet

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

Johnnie Allan - 34% match to Michael Doucet

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

Boozoo Chavis - 26% match to Michael Doucet

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

Harry Choates - 26% match to Michael Doucet

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 December 1922, Rayne, Louisiana, USA, d. 17 July 1951, Austin, Texas, USA. Choates, who has been called the Cajun Hank Williams and the Godfather of Cajun Music, is reckoned by many authorities to be the man most responsible for the genre becoming part of country music. During the Depression, Choates and his mother relocated to Port Arthur, Texas, where he grew up regular Read more

Doug Kershaw - 23% match to Michael Doucet

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jimmy C. Newman - 17% match to Michael Doucet

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

Dan Crary - 16% match to Michael Doucet

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 September 1939, Kansas City, Kansas, USA. Crary developed a keen interest in music as a child, after his classical music-loving mother took him to see the famous violinist Fritz Kreisler. At the age of 10, he took piano lessons for a time, but soon changed to guitar. In 1957, after graduating from high school, he attended Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute to study theo Read more

Marcia Ball - 16% match to Michael Doucet

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 March 1949, Orange, Texas, USA. Born into a musical family, Ball took piano lessons throughout her childhood until she was 14. Her formative years were spent in Vinton, Louisiana, and while at Louisiana State University she played in a blues-rock band, Gum. She also took particular interest in the styles of Fats Domino and Professor Longhair. Moving to Austin in the early Read more

Kermit Ruffins - 12% match to Michael Doucet

Genres: Jazz
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C.J. Chenier - 11% match to Michael Doucet

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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