LeJeune (spelled "Le Jeunne"), who was an uncle of Iry LeJeune from the Point Noire area near Church Point, won an accordion contest in Opelousas in 1929. Known to the community as "Nonc Jack", first prize was a trip to New Orleans to record with legendary fiddlers Dennis McGee and Ernest Frugé.
Crowley Signal October 1, 1929
Special to Signal: Opelousas, LA, Oct 1 – Angelas Lejeune a resident of Acadia parish, accompanied by D. McGee, of Eunice, LA., and E. Fruge of Lewisburg, La., won the grand prize offered by the leading accordion player in what was considered the first state-wide contest of its kind yet held. The accordion contest was sponsored by the Opelousas Herald, local weekly newspaper, and various leading business interest throughout the city.
Lejeune and his accompanists won the grand prize of $50 in cash offered to the most talented player. The contest opened Friday morning at 9 a.m. with the finals taking place late Saturday afternoon. Beginning at 8 p.m. each night of the contest a block dance was given, the street being roped off for one block. Music for these dances was furnished by players entered in the contest.
Several recording companies sent representatives to witness the contest, the winner of which was offered a contract for the producing of French song and accordion records. Mr. Lejeune and his fellow players left accompanied by Dr. A. J. Boudreau, for New Orleans, where the Okeh Record Company, of which Dr. Boudreau is local representative, has offered the contest an interesting proposition, giving them $00 each, with expenses paid for the recording.
Sept 20, 1929
The trio waxed 6 songs, 3 records in all for the Brunswick label, that are surely some of the most powerful music in Cajun history. According to Cajun music enthusiast Neal Pomea:
His Perrodin Two Step? Unsurpassed! This makes a his records some of the rarest.However, one must note there are a variety of songs with the same title:
The song titles of the 1920s and 30s were not yet standardized and set in stone. I am finding quite a few instances of recordings of songs that now have the title... Perrodin Two Step, for example.The second instance of the "Perrodin" occurs with Lomax's recording of Oakdale Carriere in 1934 at Angola State Prison as the "Perrodin Two Step". Although more often associated with the Cajun repertoire, Carriere's performance of this song reflects the intertwined nature of Cajun and Creole instrumental music in the early part of the twentieth century.
Happy Fats used the melody for his 1935 recording of "Rayne Breakdown". The same melody would be used by Miller's Merrymakers called "Round Up Hop" in 1937. Later, the Jolly Boys of Lafayette would record the "Jolly Boys' Breakdown" with the same melody. Some refer to it as "Mamou Breakdown" as recorded by Wallace "Cheese" Read.
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