Swamp Pop Music in Louisiana

Boogie Kings album Walkin' the Dog was one of their best albums and their cover of Walkin' the Dog to me was better than the original.

The Fabulous Boogie Kings best epitomized the swamp pop music genre in Louisiana when they combined the swamp pop sound with soul music. It also contains some elements of Cajun, rhythm and blues and country western music. It weaves a smorgasboard of music genres into a distinctive sound usually not found outside of Louisiana and Texas.

Jerry Lacroix and Duane Yates sing “Philly Walk” a song written by band owner Ned Theall.

Duane Yates singing “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” in a song which best represents the swamp pop music genre.

Duane Yates graduated from Pineville High School in 1962 in my graduating class and went on to make a name in the music industry singing  with The Fabulous Boogie Kings.

He passed away on May 23, 2009 after suffering a heart attack. It was ironic that he mentions Boogie Kings who passed away in the video and now he is also gone but his memory will live on for years among those who have seen him sing in person or  heard his recordings.

Cookie and the Cupcakes sing the audio version of the swamp pop standard “Mathilda” which is another example of swamp pop music at its best.

Van Broussard singing the audio version of “Lord I Need Somebody Bad Tonight” which is so good it doesn’t need any video.

Rod Bernard sings  the audio version of “This Could Go on Forever” another swamp pop classic from the 50’s.

The swamp pop sound may not be well known through the rest of the country but for Louisianians and some Texans it is part of our heritage.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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