Thursday, October 8, 2015

"La Valse De Chagrin" - Austin Pitre

Austin Pitre was the front man for "Austin Pitre & the Evangline Playboys" for many years and played dance halls around the South Louisiana area. His unique style of playing included standing up to play the accordion without the aid of a shoulder strap, as well as playing the accordion behind his head and between his legs. Besides being a talented musician, Pitre was also a highly regarded mechanic and had his own automotive repair shop near Ville Platte, Louisiana

Yeah, catin, comment j'vas faire,

Ton popa veut pas me voir chez toi, 

Ta moman, tu connais, elle est contre moi,

Quel espoir,moi j'peux avoir, aussi longtemps.
unknown, Claney Perron, Clifton Fontenot,
Austin Pitre, Floyd Fontenot, 

Pee Wee McCauley (sitting)
Shoe store in Ville Platte, LA
It's a rendition of Lawrence Walker's "Waltz of Sorrow".  Austin would later turn this song into "Jungle Club Waltz", named after a popular dance hall in New Iberia.  French "Hits" was a later J.D. Miller release.

Yeah, little doll, how I'm gonna do this?

Your poppa doesn't want to see me at his home,

Your momma, you know, she is against me,

What hope can I have, for so long?
Austin and his band toured the U.S. over the years and were recognized with several awards. In 1973, Austin was even invited to perform and entertain fans in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian Festival in American Folk Life. He returned for that same festival in 1976 for the bi-centennial celebration. In 1980, the Louisiana Freedom Festival in Elton, Louisiana, presented Austin an award in appreciation for 50 years of contribution to and promotion of Cajun music. 

  3. Discussion with Neal P
  4. Lyrics by Stephane F
Louisiana Cajun Music Volume 4: From The 30s To The 50s (Old Timey, 1972)
Acadian All Star Special - The Pioneering Cajun Recordings Of J.D. Miller (Bear, 2011)

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic blog, lovely to have so much in one place. I'm a fan of Austin Pitre (among other stars here). Many thanks.


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