Clifton Chenier’s “Bogalusa Boogie”

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C.J. Chenier, son of Clifton, performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2015

“When it comes dancing to zydeco, all you have to do is move something,” says musician C.J. Chenier. “It don’t matter how you move it, where you move it, just move something and it all fits and it’s going to feel good to you.”  His father, Clifton Chenier helped establish the genre in Louisiana and east Texas in the 1950s and 60s. His 1975 landmark record "Bogalusa Boogie" quickly became a hit and introduced cajun music to new audiences across the world.

This year the album was chosen for preservation in the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress. Ann Savoy, a cajun music scholar, Chris Strachwitcz, the album's producer, and C.J. tell the story of how the King of Zydeco earned his title.

Produced by Ben Manilla for BMP Audio.

Music Playlist

  1. Bogalusa Boogie

    Artist: Clifton Chenier
    Album: Bogalusa Boogie
    Label: Arhoolie Records
  2. Au Contraire, Mon Frere

    Artist: CJ Chenier
    Album: Zydeco
    Label: X5 Music Group
  3. My Zydeco Shoes

    Artist: Zydeco All-Stars
    Album: Best of Zydeco Instrumentals
    Label: Mardi Gras Records