Tommy McLain

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco Doo Wop
Tags: swamp pop new orleans cajun louisiana santa lookalikes Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1940, Jonesville, Louisiana, USA. McLain was a practitioner of a musical style briefly popular in that state during the 50s and 60s called ‘swamp pop’. He is best known for his 1966 hit ‘Sweet Dreams’, written by country singer Don Gibson and previously a hit for Patsy Cline. It peaked at number 15 in the US charts. McLain first came to notice as bass player for Clint West And The Boogie Kings, a popular Louisiana ‘blue-eyed soul’ band. He recorded ‘Sweet Dreams’ on his own, and news of its modest sales was brought to the attention of producer Floyd Soileau, who re-recorded the song for his Jin label. The subsequent national success forced the distribution of the disc onto the newly formed MSL Records, and it eventually sold a million copies. McLain released six further singles on Soileau’s Jin Records label and Soileau later released two albums of his material but none charted. He was still performing in...

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