CAJUN ACCORDION DISCUSSION GROUP
what recording can I find the "ossun two step" on?
Part of the "Lawrence Walker Medley" on "Friday at last". One of my favorites!
The song is also on a Kevin Naquin cd, "Dans Le Coeur d'Ossun" I love it, but I haven't been able to pick up most of it
There are lots of versions. Some of them are: Joe Falcon (Cajun Hot Sauce and Joe Falcon W/the Silver Bell Band; Beausoleil (Dit Beausoleil - great version!); Lawrence Walker (A Legend at Last and Floyd's Early Cajun Singles); Amade Ardoin (Amade Ardoin 1928-1938 and I'm Never Coming Back); Marc Savoy (Cajun Social Music) Jambalaya (Instrumental Collection); Kevin Naquin (Pour La Premiere Fois); T-Mamou (Cajun and Creole Jam); Bruce Daigrepont (Paradis); and Bone Tones (Cajun Dance Tonight)
I'm sure that there are more, but that list comes from Nancy Weston's book "Cajun Song Index." This is a great index, even if not particularly up-to-date. It can answer a lot of questions about who did what.
Jack makes a good point about Nancy Weston's Cajun Song Index, but be careful. She seems to index by song title. Sometimes the same title is used for songs that are unrelated to one another. The Osson Two Step that Joe Falcon and Amede Ardoin do are not the same song as the Ossun Two Step by Lawrence Walker. The one by Lawrence Walker is called Opelousas Two Step on the 45. You get the idea.
Try npmusic.org. I think he has both Lawrence Walker and the Touchet Family.
Thanks for the link! I checked and they only had 3 Cajun 78s but at least they were available in different formats!
Can't say I agree with the review about Falcon's Osson. Not one of his better ones, in my opinion. Much better are Fee Fee Poncheaux, My Old Used to Be, On My Way Home, The Pretty Girls Don't Want to See Me Anymore, Madame Sosthene, and a whole bunch more.
Good recent versions of Ossun Two Step are also on Ray Abshire's CD (track list pasted in below) and on the new recording by Al Berard and Jason Frey ("Old Style Cajun Music" available from Al at 337-344-2975 or firstname.lastname@example.org). These are two of the best Cajun music CDs in my collection.
Ray Abshire / For Old Times Sake
1. French Two-Step
2. Grand Riceville
3. Washington Stomp
4. Rodney's Waltz
5. Dance Hall Special
6. Lacassine Special
7. Waltz Of No Return
8. Brunette Two-Step
9. Louisiana Rambler Waltz
10. Johnny Can't Dance
11. Chere Bebe Creole
12. Tee Mamou
13. My Old Wagon
14. Both For The Same
15. Step It Fast
16. Big Woods Waltz
17. Ossun Two-Step
18. Give Me My Hat