Joe Barry

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Joseph Barrios, 13 July 1939, Cut Off, Louisiana, USA, d. 31 August 2004, Cut Off, Louisiana, USA. Barry was one of the best-known disseminators of a specialized style of early rock ‘n’ roll peculiar to Louisiana that later came to be called ‘swamp pop’. Like many swamp pop artists, Barry was a Cajun (the local term for French-American). In his youth he performed in Cajun music bands, and in 1956 made his first rock ‘n’ roll recordings. Barry’s first record to garner recognition, albeit local, was ‘Greatest Moment Of My Life’ in 1960. His ‘I’m A Fool To Care’ (number 24 pop) in 1961 was a national hit and an archetypal swamp pop record, being a slow, melancholic ballad heavily influenced by R&B. It entered the UK chart the same year at number 49. The singer had one other national hit, ‘Teardrops In My Heart’ (number 63 pop), also from 1961.

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