|Clifton and Cleveland
After far too long a delay The Blues Collection finally returns with Clifton Chenier (1925 -1987) the self-styled Black French Cajun.
Born in Opelousas in the French speaking part of Louisiana he played the accordion and was known as the king of Zydeco.
On Frenchin' The Blues Clifton and his Red Hot Louisiana Band are recorded performing in Montreaux, Switzerland on 12th July 1975
Clifton also invented the Zydeco Frottoir (Zydeco Rubboard), a distillation of the washboard into essential elements (percussive surface with shoulder straps) designed by Clifton and built by Willie Landry in 1946 and played in the band by his brother Cleveland.
Here are two of Clifton's compositions Marcher Plancher and a red hot Louisiana Two Steps. Anyone foolish enough to attempt to dance to this would require oxygen and strong alcohol once they had finished
Clifton Chenier - Marcher Plancher
Clifton Chenier - Louisiana Two Steps