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Buckwheat Zydeco

Contemporary zydeco's most popular performer, accordionist Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural was the natural successor to the throne vacated by the death of his mentor Clifton Chenier; infusing his propulsive party music with strains of rock and R&B, his urbanized sound -- complete with touches of synthesizer and trumpet -- married traditional and contemporary zydeco with uncommon flair, in the process reaching a wider mainstream audience than any artist before him. Dural was born in Lafayette, LA, on November 14, 1947; with his braided hair, he soon acquired the nickname "Buckwheat" (an homage to the Our Gang character), and by the age of four was already touted as a piano prodigy. Although often exposed to traditional zydeco as a child, he preferred R&B, and by the mid-'50s was playing professionally with Lynn August; Dural's acclaim as a keyboardist quickly spread, and he also backed notables including Joe Tex and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.

In 1971, Dural founded Buckwheat & the Hitchhikers, a 16-piece funk band that he led for the next half decade; however, in 1976 he finally fell under zydeco's sway when recruited to back Chenier -- a friend of his father -- on tour. Originally brought on as an organist, Dural picked up the accordion within two years and began learning from the master himself; rechristening himself Buckwheat Zydeco, he formed his own combo by 1979, the Ils Sont Partis Band (translated as "They're off!, " so named in honor of the cry heard at the beginning of each horse race at the Lafayette track). Upon signing to the Blues Unlimited label, the group debuted in 1979 with One for the Road, followed in 1980 by Take It Easy, Baby. After 1983's 100% Fortified Zydeco, the group moved to the Rounder label, where it issued the Grammy-nominated Turning Point; the 1985 follow-up, Waitin' for My Ya Ya, was similarly honored.

In 1986, New York-based music critic Ted Fox helped Buckwheat Zydeco land a deal with Island Records, in the process becoming the first zydeco act ever signed to a major label; Fox subsequently acted as their producer as well. The group made its Island debut in 1987 with the acclaimed On a Night Like This, another Grammy nominee; that same year the band also appeared in the hit movie The Big Easy, further increasing its public visibility. Taking It Home followed in 1988, but after 1990's Where There's Smoke There's Fire, Buckwheat Zydeco was dropped by Island, signing to Charisma for 1992's On Track. The years to follow saw the band drifting from one label to another, signing to Warner for 1994's Choo Choo Boogaloo, then hopping to Atlantic for 1997's Trouble; although their commercial fortunes may have dipped, they remained hugely popular as a live attraction, despite purists' charges of commercialism, and celebrated two decades of music in 1999 with The Buckwheat Zydeco Story: A 20 Year Party. Dural continued to be active in the 21st century, releasing Jackpot! in 2005, followed by Lay Your Burden Down in 2009. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lay Your Burden Down

1. When The Levee Breaks

2. The Wrong Side

3. Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

4. Don't Leave Me

5. Back In Your Arms

6. Throw Me Something, Mister

7. Lay Your Burden Down

8. Time Goes By

9. Ninth Place

10. Too Much Time

11. Finding My Way Back Home

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Buckwheat Zydeco

1. Hot Tamale Baby

2. Ma 'Tit Fille

3. On A Night Like This

4. Zydeco Honky Tonk

6. Drivin' Old Grey

7. Make A Change

8. Hey Good Lookin'

9. Beast Of Burden

10. Where There's Smoke There's Fire

11. Secret Of Love

12. Five Card Stud

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Track List: Jackpot!

1. I'm Gonna Love You Anway

2. It Must Be Magic

3. Rock Boogie, Shout

4. Jackpot!

5. Come And Get Yourself Some

6. Old Times La La

7. Come Back Home Baby

8. Changes

9. You Lookin' For Me?

10. Buck's Going Downtown (feat. Organic Buckwheat)

11. Buck's Going Uptown (feat. Organic Buckwheat)

12. Buck's Going To Frenchtown (feat. Organic Buckwheat)

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Track List: Trouble

1. Put It In The Pocket

2. Trouble

3. Hard To Stop

4. Hard Chargin'

5. Allons A Boucherie

6. Crossroads

7. Do You Remember The Time

8. Heard You Twice The First Time

9. Out On The Town

10. Want A Minute Baby

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Track List: Choo Choo Boogaloo

1. Choo Choo Boogaloo

2. Narration 1

3. Get On Board

4. Narration 2

5. Give Me A Squeeze, Please

6. Narration 3

7. Iko Iko

8. Narration 4

9. Jeleron

10. Narration 5

12. Narration 6

13. Crawfish Song

14. Narration 7

15. I've Been Working On The Railroad

16. Narration 8

17. Skip To My Lou

18. Narration 9

19. Skip To My Blues

20. Narration 10

21. They All Asked For You

22. Narration 11

23. Mardi Gras Mambo

24. Narration 12

25. Little Red Caboose

26. Narration 13

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Track List: Menagerie

1. Ma 'tit Fille

2. Buck's Hot Rod

3. Drivin' Old Grey

4. Hot Tamale Baby

5. Hey Good Lookin'

6. Where There's Smoke There's Fire

7. Takin' It Home

8. What You Gonna Do

9. Pour Tout Quelque'un

10. Make A Change

11. Maybe I Will

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Track List: Taking It Home

1. Creole Country

2. Down Dallas Alley

3. These Things You Do

4. Drivin' Old Grey

5. Make A Change

6. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad

7. Ooh Wow

8. In And Out Of My Life

9. Taking It Home

10. Creole Country

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Track List: Buckwheat's Zydeco Party

1. Hot Tamale Baby

2. Ya Ya

3. Someone Else Is Steppin' In

4. Lache Pas La Patate

5. Turning Point

6. Walkin' To New Orleans

7. Zydeco Boogaloo

8. This Must Be Love

9. You Man Is Home Tonight

10. Buck's Boogie

11. Madame Pitre

12. Help Me Understand You

13. Tutti Frutti

14. My Feet Can't Fail Me Now

15. Tee Nah Nah

16. Let The Good Times Roll

17. Warm And Tender Love

18. Zydeco La Louisianne

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Track List: On A Night Like This

1. Ma 'tit Fille

2. Buckwheat's Special

3. Zydeco Honky Tonk

4. Marie Marie

5. On A Night Like This

6. Time Is Tight

7. Space Zydeco

8. Hot Tamale Baby

9. People's Choice

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Track List: Five Card Stud

1. Hey Baby

2. Make It Easy On Yourself

3. Man With The Blues

4. Irs

5. This Train

6. Trust Me

7. Five Card Stud

8. Baby Doll

9. Bayou Girl

10. Secret Of Love

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Track List: Turning Point

1. Turning Point

2. Buck's Boogie

3. Madame Pitre

4. Zydeco Boogaloo

5. Mon Papa

6. Zydeco La Louisianne

7. Help Me Understand You

8. I'm Just So Tired

9. Tutti Frutti

10. This Must Be Love

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betty.harris 5 9
Zydeco music is from the bottom of the boot of Louisiana. I grew up listening to this music. We are from Opelousas La., Lake Charles, La. and Jennings, La. and now I live in Dallas, Tx and people from NO don't know s**t about this music. Oh, NO means New Orleans those peeps....... . . .
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Yessireee! Buckwheat Z. is a genius. A flippin' Zydeco genius. Who puts zydeco on the Stones' Beast of Burden (Taking it Home, 1988) and makes it sound cooler than cool? Buckwheat! I have to see him - need to see him perform in person. I don't have much of a list but he's on it and it's in my bucket.
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Yeah pass me some Jambalaya especially from Naw Orleans. :o))
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Woohoo!!!!
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Two thumbs !!
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Gimme dat gumbq!
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Great toe tapping music...mmm good!
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Sounds lil buck sinegal on guitar
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Yes ind e e e e d!
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I love that song
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The Trumpet Player sounds like Hugh Masakala I am wondering if its he?
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Tap your toes and peel a crayfish!
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Yeah, Happy Happy Happy :o))
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courtneit
Nothing like hometown music..... ♡ my city new orleans
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great music.
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YAH 9.1k *978*4m14y~
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Off t see right now in Maui
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Love me some Buckwheat.Ya h baby.
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Happy!
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herntoma
Don't read this because this actually works u get kissed on the possible Friday by ur love of your life however if u don't post this on 3 other songs u will die in 2 days now u have started reading this don't stop This is scary put this on at least 5 other song in 143 min when u are done your lover name will appear in big letters on the screen this is scary
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kaleb.brent
New orleans jazz up in here
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Ready to see Buckwheat again at Jazz Fest.
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Zydeco misic makes your eoes tap on their own.
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mhubicz
Hooray for Buck.....NEV E R stop playing that zydeco music!!! Keep that z-shuffle alive! LOVE YOU BUCK!
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rhon6464
am from the north but this is such a happy music!
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Miss my culture and down home bayou jammin !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Bordentown, NJ-May 20th. Believe it or not, Buckwheat brought his 7 piece band to a record shop! What a night, up close and personel! 15 minute version of "Hey Good Lookin' " with EVERYONE singing!Hope he's back soon.
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mhubicz
Have seen him several times at outside venues in the hot summertime of n/e ohio.. always a real treat zydeco dancin is the best way to cure what ails ya! when it's cold & nasty & i hear some buck, i have to get up and dance..& btw his version of beast of burden makes mick & the stones go sit down & take notice...luv the buck <3
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seen him at f&m early 90's & one other time either austin or loueasy anne gettin old sometimes my memory fails regardless the shows were hot
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Hey Good Lookin best song ever !!!!!! Never disappoints !!!!!!!
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love this stuff met my wife dancing to this music! it's the bomb
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Love zydeco!!! So underrated.
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discovered him just recently thanks to a friend of mine---love the music, his voice----lov e Ya Ya !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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Seen him twice "live" and he never disappoints.
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needed a lil pick me up today, snow outside, and i stood here thinkin', man what do i play...flash . . . B U C K W H E A T . . . y u p , just what i needed...jus ' can't stop movin'.
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Nothing is like doing a lil get down - shack thy booty - cajun crawl - love Buckwheat - he has got the sound to get one movin and a groovin on a bad day.
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Why isn't Where There's Smoke There's Fire among the selected discs? His version of Beast of Burden is fantastic!

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