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mercredi 29 juillet 2020

SHORTY LE BLANC/ Louisiana Swamp Music


SHORTY LE BLANC/ Louisiana Swamp Music
With Jay Stutes & Cleveland Crochet

           
In 1960, Sugar bee recorded in Lake Charles by the locally renowned Cajun band of ace musicians: fiddler and leader Cleveland Crochet, accordionist Shorty Le Blanc, steel guitarist Jay B. Stutes, bass player Charlie Babineaux and drummer Clifton Newman climbed extremely high in the Charts, certainly the first major "hit" coming from Cajun country since "Jolie Blonde" and probably the first by a Cajun band itself. Under the wise direction of producer Eddie Shuler (he asked the band to sing in english for a possible wider appeal), the band proved able to keep the deep feeling of Cajun Music while adding a Rock'n'roll backbeat, a driving steel-guitar lead and accordion solos sounding like a blues harmonica plus devastating vocal by Stutes.
            As Shuler told to author John Broven: " During the session... the wailing sounds (that blasted) over the speakers told me the record was chartbound ".
            At first, the local radio stations didn't want to airplay Sugar bee. " I had all kinds of trouble trying to some airplay... I took it to the stations in Lafayette and Baton Rouge but they said it didn't have the right sound... it wasn't Cajun! In desperation I took it to Beaumont where I hoped KJET, a colored station would help with Clarence Garlow as the DJ... the result was like a snowball going down a mountain. It just got bigger and bigger... ".
            In the british pioneer blues magazine Blues Unlimited, Mike Leadbitter wrote in April 1963 a rave review of the record: " Singer is a guy named Jay Stutes whose hysterical shouting vocals and powerful steel guitar make this Cajun-cum-R&B disc into a masterful solo performance. The roaring accordion backing is by Shorty Le Blanc "
           
Vorris "Shorty" Le Blanc was born 24 December 1923 in Lake Arthur (La) from a large family of nine children, almost all playing an instrument. The father Jules Le Blanc was a noted accordionist who played regularly on fais do-do (literally "go to sleep" because the large dance floors had an upper room where the children were sleeping, watched by their grandmothers while the parents danced and drank all night) and brought Vorris with him at an early age. After discharged from the Army during the war years, Shorty Le Blanc married Ruby McGee and worked as a machine shop worker while fronting several bands. Sugar bee made it possible for Le Blanc to make a living from his music a couple of years, recording under his name or as a backing musician for Country stars like Jimmy C. Newman. Unfortunately, Shorty Le Blanc died in a car crash on 25 May 1965 at the early age of 42.
            The great singer and steel guitarist, occasionally drummer and bassist Jay Stutes (Jesse Llyod Stutes Sr) was born on 7 September 1933 in Morse (La) and was most of his life a truck driver while playing during week ends. His fiercery vocals and stinging steel guitar must be largely credited to the artistically and commercially success of Sugar bee and most of the tracks he recorded with Crochet, Shorty Le Blanc or under his name. During the 1970's he joined Blackie Forester and the Cajun Aces and recorded with Joel Sonnier. He died in Jennings, La. on 19 May 2000.
           
Fiddler and bandleader Cleveland Crochet was born on 30 January 1919 in Jennings, La but moved to Lake Charles at an early age. He made a living as an ironworker playing music during the week ends. He was the leader of The Hillbilly Ramblers when they recorded Sugar bee for Eddie Shuler. He recorded again during the 1960's but played mostly on local clubs or fais do do. He died in Lake Charles on 28 November 2011.
                                                           Gérard Herzhaft





I borrowed many infos for this article from the essential John Broven's book South to Louisiana/ The Music of the Cajun Bayous.

 Shorty Le Blanc (Vorris Leblanc), vcl/acc; Cleveland Crochet, fdl; Jay Stutes, st-g; Charlie Babineaux, g; Clifton Newman, dms. Lake Charles, La. 1957
01. Chere meon (Sha meon waltz)
02. Midnight blues
03. Come back little girl (vcl: Jay Stutes)
04. Telephone Port Arthur (vcl: Jay Stutes)
Shorty Le Blanc, acc; Cleveland Crochet, fdl; Jay Stutes, st-g; S.J. Barrios, g; Bradley Stutes, bs; Clifton Newman, dms. Lake Charles, La. octobre 1960
05. Sugar bee n°1 (vcl: Jay Stutes)
06. Sugar bee n°2 (vcl: Jay Stutes)
07. Drunkard's dream
Shorty Le Blanc, vcl/acc; Cleveland Crochet, fdl; Jay Stutes, st-g; S.J. Barrios, g; Bradley Stutes, bs; Clifton Newman, dms. Lake Charles, La. 1961
08. Sweet thing (vcl: Jay Stutes)
09. Hound dog baby
Shorty Le Blanc, vcl/acc; Cleveland Crochet, fdl; Jay Stutes, st-g; S.J. Barrios, g; Bradley Stutes, bs; Clifton Newman, dms. Lake Charles, La. mai 1962
10. Kaw Liga (vcl: Jay Stutes)
11. Soldier's waltz
12. Long long note on my door (vcl: Jay Stutes)
13. Demain, moi je vais me marier (Wedding day) (vcl: Jay Stutes)
14. La branche de mûrier (Waltz of the mulberry limb)
15. Coming home (vcl: Jay Stutes)
Shorty Le Blanc, vcl/acc; Cleveland Crochet, fdl; Jay Stutes, st-g; S.J. Barrios, g; Bradley Stutes, bs; Clifton Newman, dms. Lake Charles, La. juin 1963
16. Boss Cajun
17. La valse de chagrin
18. Waltz of a broken heart
Shorty Le Blanc, acc; Cleveland Crochet, fdl; Jay Stutes, st-g; Ivt Vanicor, g; Bradley Stutes, bs; Clifton Newman, dms. Lake Charles, La. 1964
19. My little cabbage
20. Good morning blues (vcl: Jay Stutes)
21. Time and time again (vcl: Jay Stutes)
22. Forgot I was married (vcl: Ivy Vanicor)
23. Three year waltz (vcl: Ivy Vanicor)
24. Rambler's lonely dream (vcl: Ivy Vanicor)
25. Tears of sorrow (vcl: Bradley Stutes)
Jay Stutes, vcl/st-g; band. Lake Charles, La. 1979
26. Hey! Boss man



11 commentaires:

  1. SHORTY LE BLANC/ Louisiana Swamp Music

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  2. Really looking forward to listening to this. These are rare recordings. Thanks, Gerard.

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  3. Salut Gerard,
    bonne soiree a toi,merci pour ce nouveau post;garde-toi bien mon ami.

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  4. Thanks for more outstanding musical education Mr. Herzhaft!
    Good health Sir, thanks for your continuing efforts.

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  5. Thank you for yet another superb collection of lovely music!

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  6. Many thanks Gerard, very much appreciate you putting these rare collections together.

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  7. Thanks Gerald-this looks great !

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  8. Great artists and great music! Thanks a lt, Gerard!

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  9. Thanks again Gerard, Finally was able to sort out who was doing what on these recordings. Also very much appreciated was your post on Guitar Jr. aka Lonnie Brooks. whose early recordings were all over the place. Great job, a big thank you!Now

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