Johnnie Allan

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Descriptive "tags": cajun rhythm and blues country swamp pop folk rnb rock'n'roll louisiana accordeon vzydeco Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Biography Wikipedia


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 hits with ‘Lonely Days, Lonely Nights’ and ‘Angel Of Love’. Allan, who qualified as a teacher, divided his time between music and teaching in Lafayette. ‘South To Louisiana’, a regional version of Johnny Horton’s ‘North To Alaska’, was a successful solo single. Allan also made a single, ‘Somewhere On Skid Row’, with ‘Promised Land’ on the b-side, for Jin Records of Ville Patte, Louisiana. In 1972 Charlie Gillett, looking for releases for his new UK label, Oval, delighted in the fast and furious Cajun treatment of Chuck Berry’s...

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