BASILE WALTZ

Latest update on 10/11/2011

Artist: Leo Soileau & Mayeus LaFleur
Author: Leo Soileau/Mayeus LaFleur
Label: Victor
Year: 1928

Accordion player LaFleur (erroneously named Mayuse on the label) was born in Mamou and was killed on the way home from a gig before this record came out. Recorded in a woodshed near Atlanta where the local KKK held their secret meetings. Both Basile and Mamou are places in Evangeline Parish, LA.

Covers:

1934:

Joe Falcon & Cleoma Breaux [as Ma Valse préféré on Decca]

1935:

Leo Soileau [as Le Gran Mamou on Bluebird]

1950:

Harry Choates [as Gra Mamou on Macy's and as Big Mamou in '51 on Hummingbird; replaced Don Guidry in Happy Fats' Rayne-Bo Ramblers; the Hank Williams of cajun, including booze abuse and infidelity; it all went wrong following his hit Jole Blon (see: Ma blonde est partie). Also a French side as Gran Mamou]

1950s:

Eddie Shuler & his Reveliers [as Grande Mamou]

1952:

Link Davis [as Big Mamou; wrote the English lyrics and copyrighted the song; first English version released (on OKeh); ex member of Harry Choates's band; he's also the sax in the Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace and in Johnny Preston's Running Bear (war hoops and all)]

1953:

Pete Hanley [idem]

1953:

Dolores Gray [idem]

1953:

Rusty Draper [idem]

1954:

Ella Mae Morse [idem]

1961:

Jimmy C. Newman [as Big Mamou]

1961:

Everly Brothers [as Gran Mamou]

1964:

Waylon Jennings [idem]

1966:

Clifton Chenier [as Big Mamou on Crazy Cajun]

1968:

Rod Bernard [idem]

1974:

Fiddlin' Frenchie Bourque [idem]

1976:

Commander Cody [as Big Mamou]

1980s:

Eddie Blazonczyk [polka version as Mary Lou]

1988:

Balham Alligators [as Big Mamou]

1989:

Doug Sahm & Queen Ida [Doug's voice is a blueprint of Link's]

1990:

Hank Williams Jr.

1994:

Clarence Gatemouth Brown [with Jo-El Sonnier as Big Mammou]

1998:

Mighty Blue Kings

Not to be confused with Smiley Lewis's Big Mamou (see there).

Contact


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Arnold Rypens
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B-2840 Reet (Rumst)

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