CLEVELAND CROCKETT – HILLBILLY RAMBLERS AND SUGAR BEES – BEAR FAMILY CD

2-CD (Digisleeve) with 36-page booklet, 38 tracks.

Long overdue: the complete recordings of Cajun fiddler Cleveland Crochet on Bear Family, including all surviving alternate versions and the originally unreleased masters.

In 1961, a Cajun song made it onto the Billboard pop charts for the first time: Sugar Bee climbed to #80.

These recordings were made between 1954 and 1963 for Folk-Star, Khoury’s, Goldband, Lyric and Swallow in Louisiana.

As a bonus, we provide all solo recordings by band members Shorty ‘Vorris’ LeBlanc (accordion) and Jay Stutes (steel guitar), accompanied almost without exception by Cleveland Crochet’s Sugar Bees.

Cajun expert Michael Hurtt wrote the liner notes.

Background information by Chris Strachwitz (Arhoolie Records) and others.

Many previously unpublished photos.

A must for all fans of country music, Cajun, blues and original rock ‘n’ roll.

In the history of U.S. popular music the name Cleveland Crochet will forever be associated with the recording of Sugar Bee, the first single of the Cajun genre from Louisiana to enter the Billboard pop charts in 1961, making it to position No. 80.

Cleveland Crochet’s father was a Cajun musician himself. Born in 1911 in Hathaway, Louisiana, Junior built his first fiddle out of a cigar box when he was twelve. He was already almost forty years old when he formed his band, the Hillbilly Ramblers, in 1950, initially performing regularly every Saturday night at Cajun dances at the Shamrock or Moulin Rouge in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and later playing throughout eastern Texas and southwest Louisiana. However, music long remained a minor part of Cleveland’s life. He earned his living as a steelworker until his retirement in 1970.

This overdue tribute to Cleveland Crochet’s complete musical legacy includes all of the recordings he made for Folk-Star, Khoury’s, Goldband, Lyric and Swallow between 1954 and 1963 – including all alternate versions and originally unreleased recordings that have survived. In addition, the Bear Family CD includes all solo recordings by later band members Shorty ‘Vorris’ LeBlanc (accordion) and Jay Stutes (steel guitar), accompanied almost without exception by Cleveland Crochet’s Sugar Bees, as he also called his band.

We were able to get Cajun expert Michael Hurtt to provide the liner notes. Michael previously wrote the accompanying blurb for our CD of recordings by Vin Bruce (BCD16895). Additional background information comes from Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz, among others. The extensive booklet provides many previously unpublished photos. We are sure: this album is a must for all fans of Country Music, Cajun, Blues and original Rock ‘n’ Roll.

CD1

01        Deedle-E-Deedle-D-Da (Keep Knockin’)      Cleveland Crochet

02        Big Boy Waltz            Cleveland Crochet

03        Sha Meon Waltz (Chere Meon)          Cleveland Crochet

04        Midnight Blues (Blues De Minuit)     Cleveland Crochet

05        Sugar Bee (Goldband 1106)   Cleveland Crochet

06        Sugar Bee (alt. edit / early fade out)   Cleveland Crochet

07        Drunkard’s Dream       Cleveland Crochet

08        Sweet Thing    Cleveland Crochet

09        Hound Dog Baby       Cleveland Crochet

10        Come Back Little Girl (Midnight Blues)        Cleveland Crochet

11        Come Back Little Girl (Long Long Note On My Door) (alt. take)    Cleveland Crochet

12        Telephone Port Arthur            Cleveland Crochet

13        Kaw Liga (Goldband 1128)   Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

14        Kaw Liga (alt. take)    Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

15        La Valse De Soldat (Soldier’s Waltz) Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

16        Boss Cajun (Mayou De Cajun)           Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

17        La Valse De Chagrin  Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

18        Coming Home Jay Stutes & The Sugar Bees

19        Not My Fault  All The Sugar Bees feat. Doris Mott

20        Waltz Of A Broken Heart      Cleveland Crochet

Crochet, Cleveland – Hillbilly Ramblers And Sugar Bees

CD 2

01        Good Morning Blues  Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

02        Good Morning Blues (alt. edit)          Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

03        Wedding Day (Demain Moi Je Va M’arier)    Cleveland Crochet

04        Playmates        Jay Stutes & The Sugar Bees

05        La Branche De Mon Murier (Waltz Of The Mulberry Limb) Jay Stutes & The Sugar Bees

06        Mariez-vous Donc Jamais       Jay Stutes & The Sugar Bees

07        Forgot I Was Married Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

08        My Little Cabbage      Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

09        Time And Time Again            Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

10        Three Years Waltz      Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

11        Rambler’s Lonely Dream        Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

12        Tears Of Sorrow         Vorris ‘Shorty’ LeBlanc & The Sugar Bees

13        Listen To My Heart    Cleveland Crochet

14        Country Women         Cleveland Crochet

15        Sugar Bee        Jay Stutes & The Swamp Pickers

16        Come Back Home Little Girl  Jay Stutes & The Swamp Pickers

17        Hey! Boss Man           Jay Stutes & The Sweet Licks

18        Sweet Lick      The Sweet Licks

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