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Clifton Chenier
oil on masonite

Clifton Chenier
(June 26, 1925 - December 12, 1987)

A native of Opelousas, Louisiana was an eminent performer of zydeco music, a blend of Cajun and Creole music with R&B, jazz, and blues influences. He is also credited with redesigning the wood and crimped tin washboard into an instrument that would easily hang from the shoulders.

His popularity peaked in the 1980s, when he won a Grammy Award, the first Creole to do so. Clifton Chenier traveled throughout the world extensively with his RED HOT LOUISIANA ZYDECO BAND.


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