Rhythm & Bluesin' By The Bayou - Vocal Groups Various Artists (By the Bayou)


Rhythm & Blues
Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 1448

The forgotten sound of South Louisiana.

Setting out on the “By The Bayou” journey, I didn’t envisage reaching CD 12. The project started as a vehicle for white Louisiana rockers, but exploration of the tape vaults of J.D. Miller and the catalogues of Eddie Shuler’s Goldband, Floyd Soileau’s Jin, Sam Montelbano’s Montel and Joe Ruffino’s Ric and Ron labels revealed more than enough great vocal group material to fill a dedicated CD. So here is a collection of chanting rockers and sweet harmonies, rather overlooked as ingredients which go into the rich gumbo of South Louisiana music of the 50s.

Cookie & His Cupcakes, the best known of the featured artists, contribute a top-notch cover of Jivin’ Gene’s swamp pop classic ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’ – pure gold in this context. The groups backing solo artists Sticks Herman, Charlie Morris, Sonny Martin, Tabby Thomas and Katie Webster may well have been brought in especially by Shuler or Miller but it is highly likely they were musicians hanging around the studios looking for a gig. This happened all the time in the 50s and 60s in South Louisiana – read in the liner notes how Henry Clement ended up playing harmonica on an early Lightnin’ Slim disc.

Thanks to documents found in the Miller vaults and interviews with “Little” Henry Clement, it’s quite satisfying to be able to clear up some of the confusion regarding the Gaynotes and Little Henry and his Dewdrops. On the other hand, some of the tape boxes we discovered were marked merely “male vox”, “black group” or “group”, so we may never know who comprised the Hi-Fi’s, the Velvetiers or the Raves. Suffice it to say they could all rock or doo wop with the best of them.

Ian Saddler


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Feelin' Right Saturday Night - The Velvetiers

  • 02 Preview Tender And Tall - Unknown group

  • 03 Preview I Cried - Sonny Martin

  • 04 Preview I Need Your Loving - Charles Morris

  • 05 Preview Help Me - The Del-Chords

  • 06 Preview Cry Weeping Willow - Henry Clement

  • 07 Preview Give Me Your Love - Sticks Herman

  • 08 Preview Calimo - Unknown group

  • 09 Preview Plea Of Love - The Gaynotes

  • 10 Preview Tall Skinny Mama - Henry Clement

  • 11 Preview Lookin' And Searchin' - Sonny Martin

  • 12 Preview Waiting In The Chapel - The Gaynotes

  • 13 Preview What Have I Done Wrong - Little Henry

  • 14 Preview Oh Baby - The Velvetiers

  • 15 Preview Tell Me One More Time - The Raves

  • 16 Preview The Natural Thing To Do - Sticks Herman with The Gateway Quartet & Golden Tone Combo

  • 17 Preview Brother Brown - Tabby Thomas

  • 18 Preview Jenny Jenny Jenny - Little Henry

  • 19 Preview Married Too Soon - The Gaynotes

  • 20 Preview Oh Baby - Unknown Group

  • 21 Preview I'm So Lonely - The Hi-Fi's

  • 22 Preview Some Other Time - Sonny Martin

  • 23 Preview The Snake - The Gaynotes

  • 24 Preview My Dear - The Hi-Fi's

  • 25 Preview Please, Please Darling - Henry Clement

  • 26 Preview Sea Of Love - Katie Webster

  • 27 Preview Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Cookie & His Cupcakes

  • 28 Preview Billy The Kid - The Raves

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