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Re: Ambrose Thibodeaux and Hathaway Hop

Ambrose Thibodeaux made 5 LP's
Four at the La Louisiana Label from Lafayette and one for Bee records.
Lovely music if I may say so.
The Hathaway Hop isn't on any of the 5 LP's (not with that title)

Re: Ambrose Thibodeaux and Hathaway Hop

Thanks for the information. I have three of his lp's. I should have indicated that I do not know if he recorded Hathaway Hop but that I was looking for a link to a recording by anyone, possibly the original recording.

Mr. Thibodeaux was the first Cajun accordion player I discovered after a 1988 festival I went to where I heard both Steve Riley and Walter Mouton.

Re: Ambrose Thibodeaux and Hathaway Hop

There is a "Hackberry Hop" (aka Hip et Taïaut) and a "Hathaway Two-Step" (aka "The Cajun Freeze) but I've never heard of a song call "Hathaway Hop" by anyone. I have all of Ambrose Thibodeaux's LP's on mp3, except for "Authentic French Music & Folk Songs" (only have 5 of the 10 songs off that album).

Re: Ambrose Thibodeaux and Hathaway Hop

Thanks for that correction. It is the “Hathaway 2-step.”

Re: Ambrose Thibodeaux and Hathaway Hop

Hathaway Two Step, Mamou Cajun Band
(Roy Fuselier, Sady Courville, Preston Manuel, Joe Bradford; Roy Fontenot absent from recording)


I believe the original is by Amedie Breaux. Nathan Abshire did a version in the 1950s.

Re: Ambrose Thibodeaux and Hathaway Hop

I think Nathan Abshire was the first to record the tune under the name "Hathaway Two-Step" in 1949, but it was recorded in 1929 under the title "La Stomp Creole" by Harrington, Landry and Steward. I've never heard Amede Breaux's version, and don't know when he recorded it, but Hathaway is a small community about 10 miles north of Jennings, which was Nathan's stomping grounds around that time (The Pine Grove Club was NE of Jennings). It would make more sense that Nathan would have named his version of the tune for that area, but I could be wrong.

Some lagniappe for y'all, Hathaway is home to one of the most traditional Mardi Gras celebrations in South Louisiana, the Grand Marais Courir, which is probably closer to the Medieval French Mardi Gras celebrations than any other Courir in Louisiana.

Re: Ambrose Thibodeaux and Hathaway Hop

I also found a version on the LP This is Mamou Cajun Radio(1979 Sonet label) with
Accordion, Vocals – LeRoy Fuselier
Arranged By – S. Courville*
Design – Wagner Design Unit
Guitar, Vocals – Preston Manuel
Lacquer Cut By – T*
Liner Notes – Sam Charters*
Triangle – Joe Bradford
Violin – Sady Courville
Words By – Revon Reed*

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