Top 40 songs - Clarence's list of the top 40 Cajun music recordings and songs

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    Clarence's Top 40 Songs of Cajun Music

Welcome to the Clarence's Top 40 Songs of Cajun Music. These are Louisiana's famous and popular Cajun music recordings. This list has being compiled by Clarence, a Cajun DJ in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This page contains:
1) Clarence's list of Top 40 Cajun Songs
2) Louisiana versions of Americain songs and novelty songs
3) 2002 Cajun French Music Association's Le Cajun Awards
4) 2001 Cajun French Music Association's Le Cajun Awards


Disclaimer: This list may not reflect actual amount of air play that a song gets, the amount of sales that a song generates, or by the ratings given by other organizations.

This list is being composed from my experience of being a D.J. for a cajun radio show for over 10 years. As a Cajun who has followed the music from my teenage years, I hope that this will provide newcomers to the Cajun and Zydeco scene with a starting point for searching out recordings.

Guidelines: I am limiting each artist to two of the most popular songs that the artist has done. Bands may be from any region of the US or other countries as long as the style of the recorded songs are in this genre.

This is located at www.cajunradio.org/top40cajun.html

Please listen to Clarence's Cajun radio program in Baton Rouge.
Saturdays 7pm-9pm on WBRH 90.3 FM

View Clarence's Baton Rouge Cajun and Zydeco Schedule. Clarence needs your help - read a message from Clarence here.

Request from Clarence: One of my hobbies is running a free cajun accordion loan program. I get a lot of requests to borrow an accordion from aspiring musicians. If you are feeling generous and would like to support a good cajun cause, how about making a financial contribution to help me buy another accordion to loan out? Please read more about it at Clarence's Cajun Accordion Loan Program.

The Top 40 Cajun Music List by www.cajunradio.org
(note: Click on "Listen" next to the song to hear a portion of the song)

View Adam Hebert - Madeline
View Aldus Roger - Over The Waves, Hick Wagon Wheel Special, Perrodin Two Step
Allan Fontenot -
Listen Amadie, Ophy and Cleoma Breaux - Original Jole Blonde 1928 "Ma Blonde Est Partie"
Austin Pitre - Pauve Hobo
Balfa Brothers, Dewey Balfa - Parlez Nous A Boire, Jai Passe Devant Ta Porte, 'tit Galop Pour Mamou
Beausoleil - Love Bridge Waltz, Travailler C'est Trop Dur
Belton Richard - Un Autre Soir D'ennui, Behind Closed Doors
Blackie Forestier - 99 Years Waltz
Bruce Daigrepont - Acadie a La Louisiane
Camey Doucet - Mom I'm Still Your Little boy
Doug Kershaw - Diggy Liggy Lo, Louisiana Man
D.L. Menard - The Back Door, Under the Green Oak Tree
FueFollett - Belle Louisiane
Listen File' - Allon a lez Chez Freds
Fred Charlie & Acadiana Cajuns - Tolam Waltz
Hadley Castille -
Happy Fats and Alex Broussard - Dimanche Matin
Helen Boudreaux - Rendre Tu Votre Ami, Til a Tear Becomes a Rose
Horace Trahan - Ossun Blues
Iry LeJune - Evangeline Special, La Valse De Grand Chemin
Ivy Dugas and Phil Menard - Heritage Waltz
Jambalaya Cajun Band - C'est Fun,
Jesse Lege - Memoires Dan Mon Coeur
Jim Olivier - I Love My Saturday Night
Joe Bonsall - Step it Fast, Grand Prairie Waltz, Chere Tout Tout
Listen Johnny Janot - I'm Proud To Be a Cajun
Listen Jim Olivier - I Love My Saturday Night
Jimmy C. Newman - Lache Pas La Patate
Joe Douglas - Evangeline Gabriel's Song, Coeur Jalous
Listen Joel Sonnier - Pestauche Ah Tante Nana
Kristi Guillory and Reveille - Cypress Cove
Lawrence Walker - Les Bon Temps Rouler, Both For the Same
Les Amies Louisianaises - La Marche des Mariés (the wedding march)
Les Amies Louisianaises - Amazing Grace - La Grace du Ciel (very popular)
Les Freres Michot - La Valse a Howard Hebert
Lesa Cormier and the Sundown Playboys - Saturday Night Special
Mamou Prairie Band - Valse Criminelle
McCauley, Reed and Vidrine - Midland Two-step
Nancy Tabb Marcantel - La Louisiane Me Fait Sourire
Nathan Abshire - Pine Grove Blues, Lemonade song
Paul Daigle with Robert Elkins and Cajun Gold - La Valse De La Vie
Sady Courville with Dennis McGee - Valse Du Vacher, Devillier Two Step
Sheryl Cormier -
Listen Shirley Bergeron - La Valse De Cherokee, Oh Suzanna
Listen The Touchet Brothers - Jolie Fille
Vin Bruce -
Listen Warren Storm - The Cajun Freeze (If you Don't Want Me)
Wayne Toups - Poor Little Johnny He Can't Dance
Zachary Richard - Madeleine
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys -
Listen The Hackberry Ramblers - Grand Texas (Hank Williams copied it to make Jambalaya), Jolie Blonde
La Touche' - The Cypress Island Stomp
Johnny Sonnier - The Devil Went Down to New Iberia, The Letter and The Barn
Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys - Un Homme Chanceux

Louisiana versions of Americain songs and novelty songs list:

Les Bon Temps De La Ville Platte - Elvira
Nancy Tabb Marcantel - Ma Louisiane(Take Me Home Country Roads)
Belton Richard - Wild Side of Life
The Cajun Trio - The Cajun Twist
Belton Richard - The Cajun Streak
Joe Bonsall - Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Tee Jules - Cajun Twelve Days of Christmas
Warren Storm - The Cajun Freeze (If you Don't Want Me)
Jimmy Buffett - La Aire De La Louisianne
Garth Brooks - Calling Baton Rouge (Americain)
Listen Louisiana's LeRoux - New Orleans Ladies (in Americain) www.laleroux.com
Wayne Toups - New Orleans Ladies (in Cajun French) is titled "Les Filles De La Ville" and it is on the Wayne Toups CD "Little Wooden Box CD" at waynetoups.com
Emmy Lou Harris - Laccasine Special
Harry Fontenot & Friends - "Cajun" Saints Go Marching In
Rogers/Shawn Saucier/Calcasieu Cajuns - Achy Breaky Heart


LE CAJUN AWARDS FOR 2002

The are the nominations and results of the Cajun French Music Association's "LeCajun Awards Festival 2002". Where possible, I have added a link to sites where you can hear portions of the music that has been nominated for an award. If you have better links to listen to the nominee's music, please email me at cajunclarence [type the at sign] gmail.com

FIDDLER OF THE YEAR
Jamey Bearb (fiddler with Jay Cormier's band (Listen)
Courtney Granger
(winner) Rufus Thibodeaux

ACCORDIONIST OF THE YEAR
Jimmy Breaux
Gary Bertrand (from the band a Touch of Cajun around Beaumont band site)
(winner) Kevin Naquin (band site)

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Ashley Hayes (from the band FueFollett - Listen)
Brittany Polaski (from the band FueFollett - Listen)
(winner) Eva Touchet (Listen) (from the CD "The Best Recordings of the Touchet Family and Friends" published on Swallow Records of Ville Platte)

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Jamey Bearb (vocalist with Jay Cormier's band (Listen)
Wade Bernard (from Golden Meadow, read about here)
(winner) Ed Gary (of Ed Gary and the Louisiana Cajun Aces - Listen)

BEST FIRST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
La Vie Dun Cajun - Wade Bernard
(winner) Deux Vies Pour Te Donner - Jay Cormier (Listen)
Mon et Mes Ami - Brian Smith (read about)

BEST ALBUM/CD OF THE YEAR
Deux Vies Pour Te Donner - Jay Cormier (Listen)
Belle Louisiane - FueFollett (from the FueFollett CD - Listen)
(winner) AuCoup D'eclair - Kevin Naquin (band site)

SONG OF THE YEAR
(winner) Belle Louisiane - Zachary Richard - Songwriter / Brittany Polaski - Vocals (from the FueFollett CD - Listen)
J'rever 'a Pop et Mom - August Broussard - Songwriter / Vocals (from the CD Lesa Cormier/August Broussard and The Sundown Playboys titled "Les Mémoire du Passé")
Un Homme Chanceux - John & Jamie Gary - Songwriters / John Gary - Vocals (on Kevin Naquin's CD AuCoup D'eclair)

BAND OF THE YEAR
Jay Cormier and Cajun Country (Listen)
FueFollett (Listen)
(winner) Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys (band site)

LE CAJUN AWARDS FOR 2001

-- FIDDLER OF THE YEAR
Travis Matte (Winner)
Jamie Bearb
Hadley J. Castille

-- ACCORDIONIST OF THE YEAR
Lee Benoit (Winner)
Jason Frey
Marc Savoy

-- FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Christine Balfa (Winner)
Nancy Tabb Marcantel
Ann Savoy

-- MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Don Fontenot (Winner)
Travis Matte
Hubert Maitre

-- BEST FIRST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
A La Vielle Maniere (The Old Way) - Jason Frey, Travis
Matte with Lagniappe (Winner)
La Vielle Chaudiere Noir (The Old Black Pot)-Hubert Maitre avec Ses Ami Cajun
Papa - J.C. Carriere and Hot Step

-- BEST ALBUM/CD OF THE YEAR
Le Necessaire (The Necessities) - Don Fontenot et les Amis de la Louisiane (Winner)
A La Vielle Maniere (The Old Way) - Jason Frey, Travis Matte with Lagniappe
Live At Whiskey River - Balfa Toujours

-- SONG OF THE YEAR
The Porch Swing - Ellis Deshotels as Songwriter and Don Fontenot as Vocals (Winner)
Avant C'est Trop Tard (Before It's Too Late) - Jason Frey and Travis Matte both as Songwriter and Vocals
La Vielle Chaudiere Noir (The Old Black Pot) - Camey Doucet as Songwriter and Hubert Maitre as Vocal

-- BAND OF THE YEAR
Don Fontenot et les Amis de la Louisiane (Winner)
Jason Frey, Travis Matte with Lagniappe
Balfa Toujours

-- PRIX DEHORS DE NOUS (Best Outside Louisiana Album/CD)
Cajun du Nord of Denmark, Norway, & Sweden, "In Louisiana" (Winner)
Trans Bayou Express of France, "Voyage dan le pays Cajun" (1st Runner Up)
Catfish of Australia, "Two-Step at a Time" (2nd Runner Up)

-- HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Musicians: Dallas Roy & Anthony "Tony" Thibodeaux
D.J.: Pete Bergeron

PURCHASING CD's:
If you wish to purchase Cajun or Zydeco music, try your local store or visit my
web page on Cajun & Zydeco music retailers (ie: mailorder and online purchases)

Please listen to Clarence's Cajun radio program in Baton Rouge.
Saturdays 7pm-9pm on WBRH 90.3 FM

View Clarence's Baton Rouge Cajun and Zydeco Schedule. Clarence needs your help - read a message from Clarence here.

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