|Genres:||Cajun & Zydeco Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||zydeco cajun louisiana new orleans blues|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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 signed to Folk-Star Records by owner Eddie Shuler. Chavis recorded a traditional song, Paper In My Shoe (for which he and Shuler took writing credit), backed by the local Classie Ballous Tempo Kings. The incredibly rugged session marked the first time Chavis had played with a band. The record sold well regionally and was picked up for national distribution by Imperial Records of Los Angeles. Chavis continued to record for Folk-Star and Shulers Goldband label sporadically through the early 60s, then retreated from the music industry to breed and train racehorses in...