Various ‎– Swamp Pop By The Bayou

Ace ‎– CDCHD 1397
CD, Compilation


1 Vince Anthony & The Blue Notes Sneakin' Home 2:17
2 Jay Richards With The Blues Kings Hear Love Knockin' 2:19
3 Bobby Webb And The Jets Tell Me 2:33
4 Warren Storm Oh Oh Baby 2:18
5 Rocket Morgan (2) Too High A Price (To Pay For Love) 2:10
6 Jivin' Gene & The Jokers Breaking Up Is Hard To Do 2:26
7 Frankie Lowery I Ain't Had No Sleep 2:06
8 Johnny Bersin & The Dial Tones I Ran Around 2:31
9 John Fred Good Lovin' 2:01
10 Ronnie Bennett In This Letter 2:32
11 Tommy Strange (2) Lonely Lonely Heart 2:23
12 Frankie Lowery She's Walking Toward Me 2:28
13 Rocket Morgan (2) Did You Leave Something Else (For Me) 2:08
14 Charles Page No Season On Squeezing 2:55
15 Johnnie Allan & The Krazy Kats The Convict And The Rose 2:12
16 Doug Charles & The Boogie Kings You're On My Mind 3:08
17 Warren Storm This Life I Live 3:17
18 Guitar Jeff You Jezebel 3:23
19 George (113) I'm Ready 1:54
20 Tommy Strange (2) What Am I To Do 2:55
21 Peto Marlow & The Rhythm Kings Operator This Is Elbert 2:25
22 Donnie Williams & The Blue Notes Cry Your Heart Out 2:14
23 Gene Terry & The Down Beats What Can I Do (I Still Love You) 1:49
24 Warren Storm I'm Leaving You 2:32
25 Bee Arnold Deedle Dee Deedle Dee 2:23
26 Buck Rogers & His Jets Rose Marie 2:46
27 Rocket Morgan (2) Walkin' Home 4:36
28 John Fred & His Playboys* Down In New Orleans 1:48


In the mid-50s, as rock’n’roll swept across the USA, the Cajun youth of South Louisiana and South East Texas absorbed the R&B sounds emanating from New Orleans. This was reflected in their music, making it so distinctive. They thrilled to the sound of Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis and Huey Smith and performed their songs with the bands they formed, while the area’s new breed of songwriters – Bobby Charles, Jimmy Donley, Jivin’ Gene, etc – assimilated the Crescent City style in their work. Swamp pop was born, although the genre had yet to be named.
Several artists were plucked from the scene and sanitised by big record companies to turn them into pop stars, but there is no sanitisation here on “Swamp Pop By The Bayou”. Half the tracks are previously unreleased and most of the rest are pretty obscure. Jivin’ Gene’s ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’ is the only national hit, but even that seems to have dodged CD compilation. Also included are examples from genre favourites such as Johnnie Allan and Warren Storm, plus Rocket Morgan, Gene Terry and Tommy Strange, artists better-known for their rockabilly recordings.
The tracks all come from the tape vaults of South Louisiana record men J.D. Miller, Floyd Soileau, Sam Montel and Eddie Shuler, who recognised good songs and singers when they heard them. The music they captured has been a joy to fans of rockabilly, R&B, blues and swamp pop for over 50 years. The vast untapped stockpile of recordings from these and other sources mean the future of the “…By The Bayou” series seems very exciting.
By Ian Saddler

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 29667 05852 0
  • Rights Society: mcps
  • Label Code: LC 05982