from Opelousas, LA
May 10, 1921 - May 7, 1991 (age 69)
The scraping and scrubbing rhythms of Cleveland Chenier's frottoir (rub-board) were an essential ingredient of the performances and recordings of his younger brother, Clifton, "The King Of Zydeco", for more than four decades. The son of a sharecropper and amateur accordion player, Joe Chenier" and a guitar and fiddle player and dance club owner, Maurice Big Chenier, Chenier began playing with his brother in the dance clubs of Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1944. Occassionally, the two teenaged brothers played with Clarence Bon Ton Garlow's band. Moving to Port Arthur, Texas to work in the oil refineries, in the late-1940s, Chenier continued to perform with his brother on weekends. Their recording debut came in 1954 when they recorded a single, Cliston's Blues and Louisiana Stomp, in the studios of Lake Charles radio station, KOAK. Except for a brief period in the early 1960s, when he performed with Lightning Hopkins, Chenier continued to work with his brother's group, !
The Red Hot Louisiana Band, until Clifton's death in 1987. He remained with the band, under the leadership of Clifton's son, C.J., until retiring in 1990. He died the following year. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
1970s Louisiana, Cleveland Chenier Live at Juke Joint, Dance Hall, Black Americana
CLIFTON & CLEVELAND CHENIER - I'VE HAD MY FUN - 1977
Clifton Chenier and Friends Playing on Porch, Zydeco Music, Black Americana, 1970s Louisiana
Clifton Chenier: Good Hearted Man/You Got Me Walking The Floor (Je Marche Le Plancher)
CLIFTON CHENIER - THE KING OF THE 'ZYDECO' (LIVE)
Clifton Chenier Ay-Tete Fee (SPECIALTY XSP-552) (1955)
Clifton Chenier-Black Girl
The only App that can give you results through singing and humming search!