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Leo Soileau, Moise Robin

Leo Soileau was one of the dominant Cajun musicians of the 1930s and early '40s. His more than 100 recordings included such influential tunes as "Hackberry Hop," "La Gran Mamou," La Valse De Gueydan," and his greatest hit, "Jolie Blonde." Taught the fiddle by influential Cajun fiddlers Dennis McGee and Sady Courville, Soileau made his recording debut, in 1928, when he joined with accordionist Mayeus Lafleur to record the second Cajun record ever, "He Mon." Following Lafleur's death, nine days later, he teamed with accordionist Moise Robin. He also recorded, in the late '20s, with the Soileau Couzens. Forming his own band, the Three Aces, with rhythm guitarists Floyd Shreve or Dewey Landry and bassist/drummer Tony Gonzalez in the early '30s, Soileau expanded the group into a quartet, the Four Aces, in 1934. They later became the Rhythm Boys. The group drove to Chicago in 1941 to record the first of nearly 100 songs in the Windy City. Soileau remained active in the early '40s, recording with Leo Soileau's Rhythm Boys. Dropped by Decca when the label decided to stop recording Cajun musicians at the beginning of World War II, the group continued to perform at the Silver Star Club in Lake Charles for eight years. Shifting to the Showboat Club in Orange, TX, the band continued to play together for another two years. Although Soileau and the group appeared frequently on the radio, they never recorded again. In the late '40s, Soileau left music to work with his brothers in a general contracting firm in Ville Platte. He died in August 1980. ~ Craig Harris
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Track List: Cajun Early Recordings (Important Swap Sides Remastered)

Disc 1

8. Acadian One Step

18. Mama Where You At

Disc 2
Disc 3

1. Ma Cherie 'tite Fille

2. Easy Rider Blues

3. Je Veux Marier

4. Demain C'est Pas Dimanche

13. La Bonne Valse

14. Le Blues De Port Arthur

15. Promets Moi

16. Ma Jolie Petite Fille

17. In Your Heart You Love Another

18. Valse D'amour

19. Embrace Moi Encore

20. Personne N'aime Pas

21. La Breakdown La Louisiane

22. La Vie Malheureuse

25. La Femme Qui Jouvait Les Cartes

26. Mon Dernier Bonsoir

Disc 4

1. Tickle Her

2. Crowley Waltz

3. You've Got To Hi De Hi

4. Hackberry Trot

5. Jolie Blonde

6. J'ai Passe Devonde Ta Porte

7. Mermentau Stomp

8. Vinton High Society

9. Jolie Petit Fille

10. Louisiana Breakdown

11. Cajun Crawl

12. Ma Chere Belle

13. Darbone's Breakdown

14. Wondering

15. Dissatisfied

16. Quitter La Maison

17. Pas Allez Vite

18. Oh Josephine, My Josephine

19. Eh La Bas

20. Faux Pas Tu Bray Cherie

21. Dans Le Grand Bois

22. Une Pias Ici Une Pias La Bas

23. La Valse De La Prison

24. French Two Step

25. One Sweet Letter

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