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The Three Suns

How often do you hear a guitar/organ/accordion combination? The example that springs to my mind is the late Zydeco great Clifton Chenier, who had an organ in his Red Hot Louisiana band at different times. In fact, I believe that Stanley Dural Jr. played organ for Chenier. That name may not be as familiar to you as his later stage moniker, Buckwheat Zydeco.

I stumbled across The Three Suns surfing around on You Tube. They feature Al & Marty Nevins on guitar & accordion and Artie Dunn on organ and were a popular act in the 40’s. Here’s the stylish Beyond the Blue Horizon.

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  1. You know me, mr. anchovy. Usually nothing but positive things. A word to friends though. Be cautious about laying out for tickets to see Buckwheat Zydeco. I saw him earlier this year live. There is a problem there right now, and I have my suspicions about the nature of it. However, I do not wish to slander him. He is a good guy.

    On the other hand if you have a chance to see C.J. Chenier, Clfton’s son, lay it out just as soon as you can raise the money.

    Now I am off to check out the recommended video.

    • Señor Steve, I should point out here that I mentioned Buckwheat Zydeco here only as a matter of interest, in that many would not know he played organ for Clifton Chenier.

      Since you made the comment, I will say just a couple things about Buckwheat Zydeco and Zydeco in general. First of all, I like some Zydeco music a lot. I think Clifton Chenier was a remarkable performer for instance. As well, I really enjoy some of the performers who play Zydeco on the button accordion (rather than the piano accordion) as well. The late Beau Jocques made some great music and had a really hot band. The late Boozoo Chavis totally turned my crank. Back in the 80s I saw Terence Simen perform with his band at the time, the Mallet Playboys and they rocked. Around the same time, I had the rare pleasure of seeing Fernest Arsenault and the Thunders and they put on an amazing show. I also really enjoy some of the young Creole performers like Cedric Watson, who is invigorating that music, going back to its roots.

      Anyway, back in the 80s, I started hearing about Buckwheat Zydeco. I thought of him as more of a funk performer who was moving into an open market. Although he perhaps brought Zydeco to the mainstream, he was not my cup of tea, and he was for sure not in the same league as Clifton Chenier as far as I’m concerned. He played the Diamond Club in Toronto way back in the day and the show was decidedly mediocre. After every song, it seemed he was reintroduced as such and such recording artist Buckwheat Zydeco. It was really weird, actually. I’ve wanted to like his music over the years, but it just doesn’t do it for me. I see him as an interesting kind of cross-over figure in that music, and if his success has helped out some of the lesser known performers, I think that’s great.

  2. Enjoyed that.

    Incidentally, Jax took your cd (that you kindly sent me) to her Uni (Queen Mary Uni in East London) by accident.

    You have aquired around 20 fans after she got the students union bar to play it.

    The Squeezebox Dogs go international!!!!!

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