John Delafose

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco R&B / Soul

Biography

16 April 1939, Mamou, Louisiana, USA, d. 18 September 1994, Lawtell, Louisiana, USA. Starting on violin as a child, Delafose moved to harmonica and eventually accordion, the instrument on which he is best known, leading his zydeco band the Eunice Playboys. He played for local dances in his younger days, but retired from music after his marriage. At the age of 30 Delafose began playing again, quickly establishing his music as some of the most distinctive in the black French idiom, firmly based in the older traditions but also with contemporary ingredients. One characteristic aspect of his bands was the presence of his own sons on a variety of instruments, most notably Geno Delafose. He made a number of records, the most successful being ‘Joe Pitre A Deux Femmes’, a local hit for him in the early 80s.

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