Before Miller married into the Sonnier family, he had been a musician himself. When Miller was 11 years of age, he played in the grade school band and his interest in music was born. At the age of 15 Miller joined the Crowley High School band as a drummer. He recalled,
That band was the only formal music training I ever got, and I didn't pay any attention to the instructor even then. I just played!3
Oh, bébé, malheuruse, catin,'Tite monde, quoi moi j'va faire, chère,Ouais, quand mon j'vu là, 'tite fille,(Pour toi m'écoute), malheuruse....
You think the names of bands are strange now. We used to play at night and it seemed that almost every time the old car we used broke down. We'd have to push that car back home during the day and that's how we came up with the name.1
Oh, baby, oh my, pretty doll,Little everything, what you've done, dearie,Yeah, when I saw you there, little girl,You were listening (to me), naughty woman....
By 1946, he was no longer in a band. Instead, Miller gathered Sonnier's group into his new recording studio at M&S Electrical shop around 1948 and using a tape recorder, listened to Lee's band record a traditional tune called "Chere Catan" (#1002) with Calvin Holloway as vocalist, Lawrence "Blackie" Fruge on fiddle, Eula Mae Fruge on guitar, and Happy Fats on bass. Sadly, Miller struggled with balancing the instruments and Calvin's vocals are hardly heard over the volume of Lee's accordion.
- Cajun Breakdown : The Emergence of an American-Made Music by Ryan Andre Brasseaux
- JD Interview. RT. 1953
- JD Interview DA. 1954
Fais Do Do Breakdown - Volume One - The Late 1940's (Flyright, 1986)
Acadian All Star Special - The Pioneering Cajun Recordings Of J.D. Miller (Bear, 2011)