|Aldus Roger and Lafayette Playboys|
Rodney Miller, Fernest "Man" Abshire,
Aldus Roger, Aldus "Popeye" Broussard,
Aldus Roger's father didn't want him to play accordion, however he would borrow one and play it in the barn. By the 1950s, national programming dominated the airwaves, but like elsewhere, television stations in south Louisiana provided a few shows aimed solely at local audiences. Shortly after KLFY began broadcasting in June 1955, it offered viewers a weekly half-hour Cajun music program featuring Roger and his band: the Lafayette Playboys. Dixie 45 brand beer sponsored the program, and so successfully did Roger market the beverage taht even non-French speakers were known to refer to it offhandeldy as "Dixie quarante-cinq".
|Inside the Hick's Wagon Wheel, ca. 1944|
Image courtesy of Johnnie Allan & the
Center for Louisiana Studies,
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Recently, a lost archival footage of the band playing during a KLFY taping of the show in 1968 surfaced from a French film website.
- The Cajuns: Americanization of a People By Shane K. Bernard
- Historic Lafayette: An Illustrated History of Lafayette & Lafayette Parish By Michael S. Martin
- Image by Cary Ginell