Rod Bernard - Swamp Rock`N`Roller (1994)

Title: Swamp Rock`N`Roller
Year Of Release: 1994
Label: Ace Records
Genre: Honky Tonk, Cajun, Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly
Quality: Flac (image, .cue, log)
Total Time: 69:44
Total Size: 269 Mb (scans)


01. Pardon Mr Gordon
02. Recorded in England
03. Memphis
04. Gimme back my cadillac
05. Who's gonna rock my baby
06. Forgive
07. My old mother in law
08. I might as well
09. Boss man's son
10. Fais do do
11. Loneliness
12. Colinda
13. I want somebody
14. Diggy liggy lo
15. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
16. Prisoner's song
17. Thirty days
18. That's alright mama
19. Lover's blues
20. Maybellene
21. Midnight special
22. My babe
23. Jambalaya (on the bayou)
24. Big mamou
25. New Orleans
26. Give me love
27. Shake rattle and roll
28. This should go on forever
Swamp pop musician Rod Bernard was born in Opelousas, Louisiana in the early '40s and made his professional debut on KSLO Opelousas when he was only ten. Two years later, Bernard was a deejay at the station, but in 1954, his family moved to Winnie, Texas. There Bernard became accquainted with the town barber Huey Meaux, who later became a major producer of Cajun recordings. By the time he was a teenager, Bernard formed his first band (the Twisters) and cut two records on Jake Graffagnino's Carl label.

They then recorded King Karl's "This Should Go on Forever" for Floyd Soileau's Jin label (which eventually licensed the recording to Chicago's Argo label) and took the records to Huey Meaux -- who was now hosting a French music show on KPAC Port Arthur. Meaux had the song played throughout East Texas and took a copy to the Big Bopper, who played it at KTRM Beaumont, Texas. It took seven months, but eventually the record made it to the Top 20 on the pop charts. Bernard then appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand (where he had to sanitize some of the lyrics for mainstream audiences) and signed with Mercury Records. After recording over 40 songs for the label, Bernard watched as only four sides were released. One of them, "One More Chance," made it to the pop charts as a minor hit.

The Louisiana Tradition By 1962, Bernard's Mercury contract had run out. He began working for Hall-Way Records, where many of his sessions were backed by Johnny and Edgar Winter. He achieved small success with a rocked up version of the traditional Cajun song "Colinda," before Bernard became a deejay and musical director at KVOL , and later a sales executive at KLFY-TV, both Lafayette stations. He also performed on television with the Shondells, a group he had co-founded in 1963. In 1965, a compilation of 12 songs he and the Shondells sang on the show were released as Saturday Hop on the La Louisienne label. The group also released a single, "Our Teenage Love" for Teardrop. Bernard and Carol Ranchou of La Louisianne founded the Arbee label. Bernard released several albums throughout the seventies and continued to work for KLFY-TV for years. In the late '90s, Rod Bernard returned to the studios and recorded The Louisiana Tradition.

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