Monday, January 7, 2019

"Chere Petite Blun" - Vincent & Cagley

Fiddle player and Cajun drummer, Crawford Vincent, came from a musical family.  His grandfather, Theozime Vincent, who had come from France, was known to play dances in the Gueydan area as early as the 1870s.   Crawford not only learned from his grandfather, but also from a local fiddler named J.B. Fuselier.  However, Crawford's biggest influence came from listening to and playing with the Hackberry Ramblers.1

Will Kegley grew up in a sharecropper family where he and the Clement family grew up together. Accordion player Terry Clement believes this is where Will learned how to play the fiddle.   By the late 1930s, Will and a guitar player from Jennnings named Ernest Thibodeaux.    Will Kegley's biggest connection to the music was when he helped find Nathan Abshire to lead the Pine Grove Boys.   
Crawford Vincent

Oh 'tit monde, tout ça, mais, t'es après faire, 
Si loin, 'tite fille, de moi de toi,
Oh, tout le temps, après 'garder, ouais, pour toi, 
Ça on appelle ma chère,  jolie petite brune.

Oh tout le temps, de t'voir, mais, aussi loin, 
Avec un autre, 'tite fille qui m'aimait pas. 
Oh, de t'voir, avec un autre, avec un monde,
(Je te) promets, 'tit monde, ça fait de la peine.

Crawford and Will were popular musicians that played often together in other groups such as in Shuk Richard's Louisiana Aces.1  They duo came together in 1952 to recording for George Khoury's new record lable Lyric where they waxed "Chere Petite Blun" (#605), adding Cecil Farrell "Benny" Fruge on piano.  Sadly, the rest of the musicians during the session is unknown. Khoury's lack of attention to detail produced a title with the word "brun" misspelled along side Kegley's name written as "Cagley".
Will Kegley

Oh, my everything, all that, well, you've done,
So far away, little girl, I am from you,
Oh, all the time, looking, yeah, for you, 
We call my dear, pretty little brunette.

Oh, all the time, seeing you, well, so far away,
With another, little girl, who doesn't like me,
Oh, seeing you with another, everywhere,
(I) promise you, little everything, it hurts.

However, in tragic turn of events, Will's reputation would be cemented as a rough musician. In June of 1954, while playing with the Pine Grove Boys, he stabbed steel guitar player Atlas Fruge in a fit of rage over the jealously surrounding his wife Oziet.   He was sentenced to Angola for 18 months but only served a year.   Afterwards, he filled in with other bands such as Andrew Cormier's Rambling Aces.1  

  1. Cajun Dancehall Heyday by Ron Yule
  2. Lyrics by Stephane F
Release Info:
A Chere Petite Blun | Khoury's/Lyric 605-A
B Lawtell Two Step | Khoury's/Lyric 605-B

Cajun Honky Tonk: The Khoury Recordings Vol. 2 (Arhoolie, 2013)

1 comment:

  1. Love cajun music. Grew up in west Texas. Dad brought some records home from a trip to Abilene. A Harry Choates, Jimmy C Newman and a album by Rusty and Doug Kershaw. Later in life I was introduced to fiddling Frenchie Burk. Moved to Southeast Louisiana in 1976. Been here ever since.


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