Monday, February 13, 2017

"Vien Don Ma Reguin (Come And Meet Me)" - J.B. Fuselier

Jean Baptiste "J.B." Fuselier was a popular and innovative musician, recording a number of popular Cajun hits in the 1930s and 1940s, adding drums and steel guitar to his traditional Cajun ensemble.1    He was a brilliant accordion player, playing it during house dances, however, the recording label was only interested in string band music.   This 1938 recording would be his last for Bluebird records and for a national label.  He wouldn't record again until the 1960s.

J’l’ai quitté hier au soir pour aller, ouais, te rejoindre, 

Mais brailler, ouais, mais toi, t’aurais venu me rejoindre, jolie. 

Mais t’es après t’en aller, pour toujours au si loin, 

Où jamais je vas te revoir encore, ouais mais toi,  ma chère catin. 

Tu voudrais, ouais, venir avec ton nég’ à la maison, 

Gardez-donc que c’est vrai, mais tout seul pleurer pour toi. 

Ma quitté pour t'en aller, dans le Bayou Teche avec un autre, 
Plus jamais ma jolie, te voir jamais avec ton nég’.
Crowley Daily Signal
Mar 12, 1960

In this, he chose to loosely cover one of the more popular Amede Ardoin tunes from 1929 called the "Eunice Two Step".  The session had Preston Manuel on guitar and possibly M.J. Atchen on guitar as well. The title was a corrupted form of the phrase "viens donc me rejoindre".  It would later become Iry Lejeune's "Jolie Catin".  

I left yesterday evening to go away, yeah, to join you,

Well exclaiming, yeh, well you, you have to come to join me, my pretty.

Well, afterwards you went away, for ever so far away,

Where I'll never see you again, yeh well, you my dear little doll.

You wish to, yeh, come back with your old man to the house,

Look here, since it's true, well, you're crying all alone.

Left me to go away, into the Bayou Teche with another,
Forever, my pretty one, you'll never see your old man.

After WWII, Fuselier joined with Iry LeJeune and the Calcasieu Playboys and the two ruled the dance hall circuit until 1955 when LeJeune was killed and Fuselier severely injured when hit by a car while changing a tire at night on a dangerous South Louisiana highway.1   After Iry died, he re-formed his band, releasing one record by an obscure label called Southern records.  By 1962, he picked up his accordion again and worked with Eddie Shuler of Goldband records to record 6 tunes between 1963 and 1968. 

  2. Lyrics by Stephane F
Le Gran Mamou: A Cajun Music Anthology (CMF, 1990)
Cajun Country, Vol. 2 (JSP, 2005)

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