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Clifton Chenier

King of Zydeco

Clifton Chenier is known as ‘The King Of Zydeco’ and ‘King Of  The South’, famous for his influential Accordion sound and creator of a mix between Cajun, Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock ‘n Roll into a Zydeco sandwich.

Blues Grammy

In 1983 Chenier won as first French speaking American a Grammy award.  He featured in the 1973 documentary film Hot Pepper bij director Les Blank about  Zydeco, New Orleans and Clifton Chenier himself.

Start in the Fifties

Clifton’s Blues.His cousin, Lightning Hopkins wife introduced Chris Strachwitz, owner of the roots label Arhoolie, to Cheniers early Recordings. Strachwitz quickly Signed Chenier to his label. It was an important moment for the career of the future King of the South.

Frenchin’the Boogie

My most favourite album of Clifton Chenier is ‘Frenchin’ the Boogie’ released in 1976 on Bluestar records. It contains covers of Ray Charles ( I Got A Woman), Muddy Waters ( I Just Want To Make Love To You). It is a swinging album with a perfect mix of Zydeco, Rock n Roll and Blues. A typical New Orleans album.

Lyrics I’m A Hog For You I’m a hog for you, baby And I’m rootin’ all around your door I’m a hog for you woman And I’m rootin’ all around your door I’mma keep on rootin’ on Until you wanna love me some more I’m a hog for you, babe And I’m rootin’ all around your door I’m a hog for you I’mma root all around your door I’mma keep on rootin’ on Until you wanna love me some moreYou can put a yoke, around my neck Believe me baby,  I’mma do just like a snake Cause I’m a hog for you I say I’m a hog for you, baby I’mma keep on rootin’ on Until you wanna love me some more Moi cochon pour toi, laisse-moi te dire Moi j’vas faire, babe, j’vas faire comme un serpent Moi cochon pour toi Moi fouiller tout partout autour de l’escalier Moi fouiller, fouiller, fouillerEt faire dit, tu veux d’autre Moi cochon pour toi Hey, moi cochon pour toi Et j’va fouiller, fouiller, fouillerTout partout autour de l’escalierCrois-moi, j’vas faire comme un serpent J’sus un cochon pour toi Tu vas mettre un carcan, dans mon cou

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Some interesting facts about Clifton Chenier:
 
– Rory Gallagher wrote the song ‘King of Zydeco’ to tribute Clifton Chenier
 
– Paul Simon Mentioned Clifton in his song “That was Your Mother” on the famous album Graceland (1986)
 
– In the song La Fayette John Mellencamp refers to Cheniers city in Louisiana.

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