Are there any Harry Choates fans here?
What an interesting but short musical
career he lead!
Does anyone know if he worked with a traditional
Cajun accordion player? If so, on what songs?
I'd like to know how to correctly pronounce
I'm not ure what accordion player he worked with but as for his name, you pronounce it like "Shotes"
Thanks to Andrew Brown on his release of Gold Star material, Devil in the Bayou, we know that it was Choate on his birth certificate, which is commonly pronounced Shoat in Vermilion parish. He could date when the man started using the name Choates instead (on his social security card application), but not why.
Some recordings feature various piano accordion players, but not what we call the French accordion.
Or maybe you meant Harry? Ha-ree
i dont know who he worked fors his nabe is choluts like a small hog a shote let me know if i can help you any mores--teebooger
Nick, if you know Harry's Basile Waltz, compare it with Valse a 'Tit Maurice! Aldus did it ('Tit Maurice). Terry Clement did it first. Check my Web site for Clement Brothers' version.
Thanks for the info! I'm headed right over to listen :-)
About Harry Choates, there is a bio about him in "Accordions, Fiddles, Two-Steps, and Swing" by Ryan Brasseaux and Kevin Fontenot (editors). This book highlights the careers of many Cajun musicians and as Big Nick mentioned, Harry Choates lived hard and died young...too bad because he was such a talent. Harry Choates is cited by Hadley Castille (and others) as being a huge influence. If you get the chance, ask Mr. Hadley about Harry Choates because I think that he has some good stories about him.
Ah yes .. now that my copy of Accordions, Fiddles, Two
Step & swing has arrived, I too can read more about
Harry Choates :-)
Glad you suggested the book! Merci!
The name seems to have been pronounced as follows,
Shoates which woud ryme with goats. No offence meant.
In french Shoat would ryme with ought like in he oughta.
Thank you :-)
I wasn't aware of an English word "shoat." I meant oat with sh in front. Choate rhymes with goat.