Ay-Te Te Fee

Clifton Chenier
Zodico Blues & Boogie


01 Boppin’ The Rock
02 Ay-Te Te Fee
03 The Cats Dreamin’
04 Squeeze Box Boogie
05 The Things I Did For You
06 Think It Over
07 Zodico Stomp
08 Yesterday (I Lost My Best Friend)
09 Chenier’s Boogie
10 I’m On My Way (Back Home To You)
11 All Night Long
12 Opelousas Hop
13 I’m On My Way (Back Home To You)
14 Wherever You Go I’ll Go
15 Opelousas Hop
16 Clifton’s Dreamin’
17 Chenier’s Boogie
18 Wherever You Go I’ll Go
19 Ay-Te Te Fee
20 All Night Long


Clifton Chenier - vocals, accordion
Cleveland Chenier - rubboard
Lionel Prevo - tenor sax
James K. Jones - piano
Phillip Walker - guitars
Louis Candy - bass
Wilton Siemen - drums


Recording Date: Apr 1955 - Sep 1955
Remastered at Fantasy, Berkeley, by Kirk Felton. 1993


Compiled and with archive research by Ray Topping this compact disc includes the recordings Clifton made for Art Rupe’s Specialty Records on two different trips to Los Angeles in 1955. These are the most important recordings of Zydeco music of this period. Clifton blends the blues with rural Louisiana Creole folk music unlike no other and this is proof.

That's "zydeco", to most of you – but "zodico" is also a term that was used in the early years – before cats like Clifton Chenier helped bring their regional Louisiana groove to a much wider audience! The tunes here are all pretty cooking – rare early work from Cliff, recorded in the mid 50s – with a nice undercurrent of R&B that dropped out of zydeco a bit more in later years – lots of rolling piano parts that make for a stronger link to New Orleans music than you might think! The set features 20 tracks in all, with Chenier on accordion and vocals – plus tenor, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and scrub board for percussion. ~ Dusty Groove America

Clifton Chenier's mid-'50s singles for Specialty were among his rawest and simplest; they were short ditties with rippling accordion and gritty vocals on top and driving rhythms and surging instrumental accompaniment underneath. That's the formula displayed on this 20-cut presentation of Chenier's early work, where he was often backed by guitarists Phillip Walker or Cornelius Green (Lonesome Sundown), with his brother Cleveland handling rubboard duties. This is Chenier in his stylistic infancy, building and nurturing what ultimately became a signature sound. ~ Ron Wynn

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