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Thread #220   Message #540557
Posted By: Stewie
02-Sep-01 - 11:26 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Jole Blon / Jolie Blonde / Jolie Blon
Subject: RE: lyrics to jolie blon
Dicho, I have the Old Timey LP that you cite but, as far as I am aware, Strachwitz has reissued very little on to CD from those wonderful Old Timey cajun sets. The only CD reissue of early cajun stringbands from him seems to be 'Cajun String Bands: The 1930s, Cajun Breakdown' Arhoolie/Folk Lyric CD 7014. Strangely, the Harry Choates 'Jolie Blon', a hit for him on Gold Star in 1946 and based on the Breaux, Soileau and Hackberry Ramblers recordings, does not appear on either of the available CDs of his work.

Looking further on the bookshelf, John Broven in his 'South to Louisiana: The Music of the Bayous' Pelican Publishing Gretna 1983 confirms that Choates' 1946 recording was indeed when 'Jolie Blonde' became 'Jolie Blon'(p 30). In contrast to Seemann, Broven does credit composition to Breaux - although it looks to me as if he too is leaving open a window of doubt: 'Accordianist Amidie is said to have written the song ['Ma Blonde Est Partie] about his first wife' (Broven p 18)