“Dans Le Coeur De La Ville” (“In the heart of a town”) -- a signature song of Vin Bruce. It was recorded in Lake Charles with an Alto Sax and Fiddle.
“Dans Le Coeur De La Ville” (“In the heart of a town”) -- a signature song of Vin Bruce. It was recorded in Lake Charles with an Alto Sax and Fiddle. Vin Bruce was born in Cutoff, Louisiana and is a member of the country music hall of fame. He had a lot of friends in our city.
“Jolie Blondie” -- a timeless hit which came to be known as “The Cajun National Anthem.” It is said Cajuns stand at attention when it is played at a dance hall or concert. It was first recorded on April 18, 1929.
“Allons a Lafayette” (“Let’s go to Lafayette”) -- the first Cajun song, recorded in 1928 in a living room in my hometown of Scott. It has remained a timeless favorite.
“Love Bridge waltz” by Iry LeJune -- a smooth authentic waltz it never fades away. It is my personal favorite Cajun song. His high-pitched hurting vocals and spine-chilling accordion work are the classic sounds of Cajun music.
“La Valse De Tee Maurice” -- a tribute to the Tee Maurice dance hall in the Hamlet of Bosco. It was known for it’s big attendance.
We had our wedding dance there. The wedding courle and their attendants would come in, and they had possession of the dance floor for the march. The wedding couple would dance the first dance, then the wedding party for the second dance, and then it was a public dance.
A list of some of the signature Cajun songs:
Gran Mamou, Bosco Stomp, Poor Hobo, Bayou Pon Pon, Fe Fe Ponchaux, Reno Waltz, Hackberry Hop, Tolan Waltz, Hippy Ti-Yo, 99 Year waltz, Diggy Liggy Lo, Kaplan Waltz, Pine Grove Blues, Calcasieu Waltz, Chere Tout-Toute, J'Ai Passe' Devant Ta Porte, Perrodin Two-Step, Laiche Pas La Patate, Les Traces De Mon Boqhie, and La Porte Danis Arrie're.
Note: Cajun Music is a major music format with over 15,000 recordings.
Joe Guilbeau is a local humorist and regular contributor to the Post-South, residing in Plaquemine, Louisiana.