King Of Zydeco Clifton Chenier


Louisiana/New Orleans
Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCH 234

The late great King of Zydeco, proving that even in the 80s the black sound of Louisiana was alive and kicking.

Zydeco is a mix of Cajun swamp music and blues and Clifton Chenier was without doubt the leading exponent of the style throughout the 62 years of his life. He first cut a record in 1954 for the Elko label, going on to Specialty, where he had his biggest R&B with "Ay-Tete-Fee" and cutting sides for Argo, Checker and Zynn, before embarking on a 21 year recording stint with Chris Strachwitz and his superb Arhoolie label. Despite suffering from various ailments during the Iast years of his life, he continued to appear live and make records, including these sides, cut for Swallow Records 3 years before his death. He left behind the finest legacy of Zydeco music and a vast body of work that still sounds fresh today.


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