Moi, j'connais, chérie, un jour à venir, chérie.
Tu vas revenir, tu seras trop tard.
Tolan McCullough was a popular blacksmith, rice mill operator and saloon owner in Eunice, not far from Mamou. Chuck Guillory and Jimmy Newman composed this song in his honor. The song features a lengthy sample of Red Farbacher's playing style on steel guitar; the key person from whom Papa Cairo had borrowed the melody for "Allons Kooche Kooche" and "Grand Texas". This time, they borrowed some of the melody of Joe Falcon's "Poche Town".
I know, dear, one day eventually, dear,
You'll return, you will be too late.
Colonial, a subsidiary of the Bihari brother's Modern Records, was a label out of Hollywood, California that released recordings between 1947 and 1952. Les Bihari handled the sales and the other two brothers, Joe and Jules, supervised the production and distribution. It focused on hillbilly, race, and gospel "spiritual" genres. Sometimes confusion occurs with other labels with the same name in Monterey Park, North Carolina, Nashville, Berkeley Springs, Boston, and NYC. It's possible J.D. Miller had outsourced his recordings and had Modern/Colonial press even more than he could back home. Despite the popularity of the song, the market was too localized for this ambitious concern or its fellow independents. Chuck retired in 1958.
|Opelousas Daily World|
May 20, 1949
In 1982, having been re-discovered, he re-recorded the tune in a new recording session, this time with band members Michael Doucet, David Doucet and guitarist Preston Manuel taking most of the vocals. In the late '80s, Guillory re-formed the Rhythm Boys to play dances and record for the Arhoolie label, with his 1987 sessions for the company later collected on the 1998 release Grand Texas. Later, Tolan would be covered by Dennis McGee and Sady Courville.
- South to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayous By John Broven. p34.
- MADE IN LOUISIANA. VRCD 325. MARC SAVOY - Accordion. DEWEY BALFA - Fiddle. D. L. MENARD - Guitar. Liner notes.
- Billboard Apr 23, 1949
- Chuck Guillory: Grand Texas. Liner notes.
- Lyrics by Stephane F
Chuck Guillory: Grand Texas (Arhoolie, 1998)