Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Acadian All-Star Special" - Lee Sonnier

Livaudais "Lee" Sonnier of Crowley was the first Cajun to record with the accordion following World War II and the first to record with his son-in-law, Jay Miller, at his studio in Crowley including the "Acadian All Star Special" (#1041).   Jay Miller's Feature Records, which released plenty of Cajun music between 1947 and 1964, recorded 8 songs with Lee, sometimes spelling his last name Snownier and Sonier. 

The song is a standard accordion-driven instrumental.  Miller tapped a lucrative market that also enabled him to wax father-in-law Lee Sonnier in addition to his ever-growing stable of artists. The success of Harry Choates’s “Jole Blon” convinced Miller that there was still a commercial audience for what was then known as “French music.” Some of the many gems that Miller produced include early recordings by Happy, Doc & The Boys (his first and most successful signing); Lionel Cormier & The Sundown Playboys (who released a 45 on Apple records in 1972); Aldus Roger & The Lafayette Playboys; Austin Pitre (also listed as Austin Pete) and Chuck Guillory & His Rhythm Boys. 

  3. Discussions with Neal P

Fais Do Do Breakdown - Volume One - The Late 1940's (Flyright, 1986)
Acadian All Star Special - The Pioneering Cajun Recordings Of J.D. Miller (Bear, 2011)

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