Recording Artists

Creole Jukebox




Buckwheat Zydeco
Contemporary zydeco's most popular performer, accordionist Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural was the natural successor to the throne vacated by the death of his ... more

Wayne Toups
Certainly one of the most exciting musicians to come out of Acadiana is Wayne Toups. From the moment he bursts on-stage with his accordion, Toups is going full blast and the show is only going up....

Rosie Ledet
Accordionist, singer and songwriter Mary Roszela Bellard, "Rosie" Ledet (pronounced led-dett), was raised on rock & roll music. During her teenage years in southwest Louisiana, she listened to classic... more

Terrance Simien
One of zydeco's most soulful vocalists and fieriest accordionists, Terrance Simien was also among the music's most pop-oriented artists, infusing his sound with elements of R&B, funk, gospel and reggae... more

Chubby Checker
Chubby Checker was the unrivaled king of the rock & roll dance craze; although most of the dances his records promoted -- the Pony, "the Fly," and the Hucklebuck, to cite just three -- have long since faded into obscurity, his most famous hit, "The Twist," remains the yardstick against which all subsequent dancefloor phenomena are measured. Born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941, in Philadelphia, ... more

Queen Ida
Queen Ida was the first female accordion player to lead a zydeco band. Favoring a 31-button accordion, she is noted for her melodic playing, and for focusing on the treble side of her instrument, which makes her style similar to Mexican playing styles. Though like many other zydeco artists of the '80s, her music... more

Beau Jocque
Easily the biggest zydeco star of the 1990s, Beau Jocque heralded the rise of the genre's new, urbanized style; infusing his high-octane sound with elements of rock, soul, hip-hop and even reggae, he bridged the gap between traditional Creole culture and contemporary music to create a funky, bass-heavy hybrid calculated for maximum mainstream appeal... more

Clifton Chenier
Clifon was born on a sharecropper's farm near Opeluosas in 1925. With elder brother Cleveland he helped his impoverished parents work the fields from sunup to sundown, riding mules and picking cotton. Fascinated by his father Joseph's accordion playing Clifton started traveling with Joseph to Saturday-night suppers and house parties. When his father gave... more

Fats Domino
The most popular exponent of the classic New Orleans R&B sound, Fats Domino sold more records than any other black rock & roll star of the 1950s. His relaxed, lolling boogie-woogie piano style and easygoing,... more

Fernest Arceneaux
A torch-bearer for the classic zydeco traditions personified by Clifton Chenier, Fernest Arceneaux earned the title "The New Prince of Accordion" for his virtuosic prowess. Born August 27, 1940 to a large sharecropping family based in Lafayette, Louisiana, he first... more

Rockin' Dopsie
If Clifton Chenier was the king of zydeco music, Rockin' Dopsie (pronounced doopsie) with his unequaled proficiency on the button accordion was its crown prince. Like Chenier, Dopsie was devoted to preserving the old French songs that... more

Armadie Ardoine
The first creole French recordings were cut soon after Joseph Falcon hit with "Lafayette" in 1928. The best known early artist was Amadie (Amade) Ardoin, who was affectionately calle Tite Negre, "the little black guy." On record he had a delightfully crisp, clean, crying sound; his singing and accordion styles were very much... more

Chubby Carrier
The traditional two-steps and blues-inspired rhythms of Zydeco are transformed into the modern dance-inspiring music of Roy "Chubby" Carrier and his group, The Bayou Swamp Band. While The Chicago Tribune referred to Carrier as "one of the finer s ndard bearers...



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