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D.L. Menard

Affectionately known as "the Cajun Hank Williams," D.L. Menard (born Doris Leon Menard) only met Williams one time at the Teche Club in New Iberia in 1951. But in the nearly five decades since, William's melancholy country songs have continued to be his major influence. Best known for his hit "La Porte Dans Arriere (The Back Door)," which sold more than 500,000 copies in 1962, Menard remains one of Cajun music's strongest links to country music. Menard's earliest inspiration was furnished by his father, who played harmonica, and an uncle who played in a Cajun band. Attending a rehearsal by the group, Menard became enchanted by his uncle's guitar playing. Convincing his uncle to teach him a few rudimentary chords, Menard took to the instrument quickly. Six months after buying his first guitar from a Sears and Roebuck catalog, he performed his first gigs. Shortly after joining Elias Badeaux's band, the Louisiana Aces, in 1952, Menard took over the band's leadership. He continued to balance his music career with a variety of jobs. He composed "La Porte Dans Arriere" while working at a gas station. Menard continued to supplement his income as a musician by building rocking chairs in the factory that he owns with his wife, Louella. In 1994, Menard received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Cajun Memories

1. Listen To Me When I Talk To You

2. That's Not What I Wanted To Do

3. One Last Song

4. It's Just The Angels That Are Crying

5. Where The Money Goes

6. Plant Your Garden

7. Sound Of The Night

8. Hello Nelda

9. Snow On The Roof

10. The Rail Of The Railroad Tracks

11. The Back Door

12. Little Cajun Whistler

13. You Dream Of Him

14. The Good Women

15. News From A Stranger

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Track List: No Matter Where You At, There You Are

1. Wildwood Flower

2. I Passed In Front Of Your Door

3. Let's Gallop To Mamou (Ti Galop A Mamou)

4. The Convict Waltz

5. Big Texas

6. The Heart Of The City

7. I Went To The Dance Last Night

8. The Little Black Eyes

9. The Water Pump

10. Every Night

11. Lafayette Two-Step

12. No Christmas For The Poor

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Track List: Cajun Saturday Night

1. Cajun Saturday Night

2. Why Should We Try Anymore

3. This Little Girl

4. Wedding Bells

5. The Judge Did Not Believe My Story

6. Green Oak Tree

7. Letters Have No Arms

8. A House Of Gold

9. The Bachelor's Life

10. On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain

11. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy

12. Long Gone Lonesome Blues

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Track List: Happy Go Lucky

1. Les Fous De La Campagne

2. C'est La Place Que Je Vas Rester

3. Un 'tit Cadien Qu'eusse Appelle Un Musicien

4. Les Portraits Sur La Plafonage

5. Les Bayous De Vermillon

6. Il Etait Comme Un Frere

7. Le Village D'erath

8. Un Mauvaise Barguine

9. Les Herbes Parait Parait Plus Vert

10. Une Bamboche

11. La Lumiere Dans Du Cimetiere

12. Vie D'un Vieux Garcon

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Une bonne base en musique, en chantant des chansons qui racontent des histoires,et , de s'amuser !
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gREEN oAK TREE @ Blue ELm
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TEE time FoR TWO
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JEREMIAH SRTONG INSTANT chocolate Coffee
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JEREMIAH hOT iN pEPPER
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cajun french
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each one gets better, Home sweet home, LA
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Don't ever stop. execllent
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great listening
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I was a groupie back in the sixties and monsieur Menard knew how to take care of his women
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Still listening.
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yes and i am from new iberia, la. love his music.
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La Porte Dans Arriere
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I was 2 years old for this song and i love it.
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A LEGEND!

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