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Live and Let Live

Davis, Jimmie - Musical Recording - “Live and Let Live”

A recording of "Live and Let Live" by Jimmie Davis. Listen »

There's A New Moon Over Your Shoulder

Davis, Jimmie -Audio -There's A Moon Over Your Shoulder

The hit There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder is drawn from a promotional record sent out in conjunction with the release of Jimmie Davis' 1947 bio-pic Louisiana. It should be noted that this particular version is from a transcription recording, and that it is not the original hit version. Listen »

You Are My Sunshine

Davis, Jimmie -Audio -You Are My Sunshine

"You Are My Sunshine" is drawn from a promotional record sent out in conjunction with the release of Jimmie Davis's 1947 bio-pic Louisiana. It should be noted that this particular version is from a transcription recording, and that it is not the original hit version. Listen »

You Are my Sunshine

Davis, Jimmie -Musical Recording -You Are My Sunshine

An excerpt of Jimmie Davis's "You Are My Sunshine," as performed by the former Louisiana governor on the Louisiana Hayride radio show on April 5, 1958. Listen »

Domino, Antoine, “Fats” - Interview - “Alive and Kickin' After Katrina” National Public Radio

A 2006 interview with Fats Domino, conducted by Robert Siegel of NPR's "All things Considered".  Listen »

It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

Falcon, Cleoma Breaux - Musical Recording - “It's A Sin To Tell A Lie”

Cleoma Breaux Falcon sings this French adaptation of the Fats Waller classic, which she recorded in Dallas, TX on Sunday February 21, 1937. Personnel: Cleoma Breaux Falcon: Guitar, Vocals; Unknown: Fiddle Listen »

Mes Yeux Bleus

Falcon, Cleoma Breaux - Musical Recording - “Mes Yeux Bleus”

A Cleoma Breaux Falcon song recorded in New Orleans on Saturday December 22, 1934. Personnel: Cleoma Breaux Falcon: Guitar, Vocals; Joe Falcon: Accordion Listen »

Prenez Courage

Falcon, Cleoma Breaux - Musical Recording - “Prenez Courage”

A Cleoma Breaux Falcon song recorded in Atlanta, GA, on Thursday April 18, 1929. Personnel: Cleoma Breaux Falcon: Guitar, Vocals; Joe Falcon: Accordion; Ophy Breaux: Fiddle Listen »

Allons a Lafayette

Falcon, Joe - Musical Recording - “Allons a Lafayette”

A Joe Falcon song recorded in New Orleans on Friday April 27, 1928. Personnel: Joe Falcon: Accordion, Vocals; Cleoma Breaux Falcon: Guitar Listen »

Two Step (April 18, 1929)

Falcon, Joe - Musical Recording - “Two Step”

This 1928 recording of “Two Step” was made in Atlanta by Cajun accordion player Joe Falcon. Listen »

Les Barres de la Prison

Fontenot, Canray - Musical Recording - “Les Barres de la Prison”

Canray Fontenot singing his classic Les Barres de la Prison from French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bruneau's 1974 classic Dedans le sud de la Louisiane. Listen »

Ben Sandmel Interview With Brownie Ford -Part 3

Ford, Brownie -Oral History -Ben Sandmel Interview With Brownie Ford -Part 3

Brownie Ford relates a story about how George Jones helped him out with a broken amplifier during one Fourth of July weekend, in Beaumont, Texas. Listen »

Ben Sandmel Interview With Brownie Ford -Part 1

Ford, Brownie -Oral History and Musical Recording -Ben Sandmel Interview With Brownie Ford -Part 1

Ben Sandmel introduces Brownie Ford who begins his set with Wayne P. Walker's "Only The Hangman Is Waiting For Me". Listen »

Ben Sandmel Interview With Brownie Ford -Part 2

Ford, Brownie -Oral History and Musical Recording -Ben Sandmel Interview With Brownie Ford -Part 2

Brownie Ford performs the traditional ballad "John Henry", about folk hero John Henry and his premonition that steel-driving would lead him to his death. Listen »

Ben Sandmel Interview With Brownie Ford -Part 4

Ford, Brownie -Oral History and Musical Recording -Ben Sandmel Interview With Brownie Ford -Part 4

Brownie Ford performs the old traditional ballad "On the Banks of the Pontchartrain". Listen »

Do you Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (Excerpt)

Fountain, Pete -Audio -Do you Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (Excerpt)

Recorded after Pete Fountain left Lawrence Welk's band, the album Pete Fountain's New Orleans includes this recording of Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans features pianist Stan Wrightsman, bassist Morty Corb and drummer Jack Sperling.   Listen »

South Rampart Street Parade (Excerpt)

Fountain, Pete -Audio -South Rampart Street Parade (Excerpt)

Released in 1963, South Rampart Street Parade is Pete Fountain's 23rd recording (including his first two as part of the Lawrence Welk band) for Coral Records (his main label from 1959 to 1971). On this title track, Mr. Fountain's low register clarinet hits a sweet mellow groove on the chorus. The arrangement was written by Don Bagley.   Listen »

Basin Street Blues (Excerpt)

Fountain, Pete -Basin Street Blues (Excerpt)

This arrangement of Basin Street Blues pits Mr. Fountain's melodic statements against the trombone sections and places the fine ensemble lead of trumpeteer Jackie Coon in sharp focus. Listen »

Author Ernest Gaines reflects on 'Miss Jane Pittman'

Gaines, Ernest - NPR Interview - Gaines reflects on 'Miss Jane Pittman'

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Ernest J. Gaines, author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. The TV film based on the novel won nine Emmy awards, and is out on DVD. Gaines talks about the River Lake plantation in Pointe Coupée Parish, La., the setting for most of his fiction. At age 9 he picked cotton in the plantation fields. Now he owns some of the land. Listen »

Arkansaw Traveler

Gilliland, Henry C. - Musical Recording - “Arkansaw Traveler” with A. C. (Eck) Robertson.

Very early recording of “Arkansaw (sic) Traveler” by country fiddle duet Henry C. Gilliland and A.C. (Eck) Robertson.   Listen »