Charley Pride performs “Louisiana Man”

The song was eventually covered by more than 800 artists . The recording of Charley Pride is recorded in 1969, for the album, The Sensational Charley Pride (RCA 1969) . Song History

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Louisiana man:

Lp. Cover Doug & Kershaw ( 1962 )
Lp. Cover Doug & Kershaw ( 1962 )

Theme written by one of the icons of the Cajun music, Doug Kershaw, in the early 60’s, was recorded in December 1960 along with his brother Rusty,for the label Hickory Records, reaching the number 10 position of the country charts in 1961. The song included in the album, Sing Louisiana Man And Other Favorites, for the Hickory label. The recording of Charley Pride is recorded in 1969, for the album, The Sensational Charley Pride (RCA 1969).

Story behind the song:

After fulfilling their military obligation, the two brothers recorded “Louisiana Man”, an autobiographical song that Doug had written while in the Army. The song has not been sold out of copies but over the years has come to be considered a standard of modern Cajun music. The song was eventually covered by more than 800 artists.

There were three albums released by the duo on Hickory Records, only one being released before they split up. The first was Rusty and Doug Sing Louisiana Man (LPM 103) in 1961. Kershaw (Genus Cambarus) (LPS 163) was released in 1972 and was a double LP. Louisiana Man (HR 4506) was the final Hickory album, released in 1974. By 1964, the brothers had elected to go their separate ways. It took another three years before Kershaw signed a songwriter ‘contract with BMI, in 1967.

Single Rusty & Doug ( 1961 )
Single Rusty & Doug ( 1961 )

In June 1969, Kershaw made his first television network appearance on the debut of the Johnny Cash Show. I have capped the year with a week-long engagement at the New York City Fillmore East as an opening act for Eric Clapton’s Derek and the Dominos. While it seemed to many rock and pop that Kershaw had appeared out of nowhere, he had already sold more than 18 million copies of the records he had made in the early ’60s with his brother, Rusty. “Louisiana Man” had been a Top 10 country hit in 1961 and its follow-up, “Diggy Liggy Lo”, had done almost as well. His performance in front of a national audience led to Warner Bros. Records signing him to a long-term contract. In July 1969, I have performed at the Newport folk festival with peers Joni Mitchell, Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin

Jack Elliott, Big Mama Thornton, and Mimi Fariña, among others. Newcomers that year were Don McLean, James Taylor, and Jerry Jeff Walker. In November 1969, “Louisiana Man” was broadcast back to earth by the crew of the Apollo 12 moon mission. Beyond the southern venues, Kershaw became widely known in mainstream America as he played at major urban concert hall.

Lp cover Doug Kershaw ( 1978 )
Lp cover Doug Kershaw ( 1978 )

Some versions :
Bob Luman 1962 ( Warner Bros Records )
George Jones & Gene Pitney 1965 ( Musicor RTecords )
Ricky Nelson 1966 ( Decca )
Harpers Bizarre 1967 ( Warner )
Jimmy C.Newman 1968 ( Charly Records )
Buck Owens 1969 ( Capitol Records )
Connie Smith 1970 ( RCA )
Al Hirt 1984 ( OTD Records )
Jimmy C. Newman 1985 ( Charly Records )
…. and many more..

Charley Pride – Louisiana Man Lyrics

At first mom and papa called their little boy Ned
They raise him on the banks of the river bed
A houseboat tied to a big tall tree a home for my papa and my mama and me
The clock strikes three papa jumps to his feet
Already mama’s cookin’ papa somethin’ to eat
At half past papa he’s ready to go he jumps in his piro headed down the bayou
He’s got fishin’ lines strung across the Louisiana River
Gotta catch a big fish for us to eat
Headin’ crops in the swamp catchin’ everythin’ he can
Gotta make a livin’ he’s a Louisiana man gotta make a livin’ he’s a Louisiana man
Muskart hides a hangin’ by the dozen even got a lady make a muskart’s cousin
Pile of hide drying in the hot hot sun tomorrow papa’s gonna turn them into mon

Well they call mama Rita and my daddy Jack
A little baby brother on the floor that’s Mac
Riz and Liz are the family twins big brother Ed’s on the bayou fishin’
On the river float papa’s great big boat that’s how my papa goes into town
He takes every bit of the night and day
Then ever reach the place where the people stay
I can hardly wait till tomorrow comes around
That’s the day my papa takes his fure to town
Papa promised me that I could go even let me see a cowboy show
I saw the cowboys and Indians for the first time then I told my papa gotta go again
Papa said son we got the lines to run we’ll come back again there’s work to be done
He’s got fishin’ lines…

Lp Cover Charley Pride ( 1969 )
Lp Cover Charley Pride ( 1969 )

Miquel Batlle