Chenier, Clifton

Chenier, Clifton

(1925–85) musician; born in Opelousas, La. The "King of Zydeco," he was an accordianist and singer who pioneered zydeco, a fusion of blues and the French Cajun music of Louisiana. He led his own band from the 1950s, playing locally until he gained wide recognition through a series of European tours beginning in the early 1970s.
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