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The Soul of Louisiana Music (1982)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Cecilia, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-03-04

Duration: 00:27:40

Subjects: Music | Zydeco music | Blues (music) | JAZZ | Gospel Music | Chenier, Clifton, 1925-1987 | Tabby's Blues Box (Baton Rouge, La.) | THOMAS, TABBY | Hogan, Silas | Preservation Hall (New Orleans, La.) | Preservation Hall Jazz Band


  • John Delafose and the Eunice Playboys Performer
  • Delafose, John Interviewee
  • Chenier, Clifton Performer
  • Tabby Thomas Blues Band Performer
  • Thomas, Tabby Interviewee
  • Hogan, Silas Performer
  • Sweet Emma and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Performer
  • Colar, Sheik Interviewee
  • Sanctuary Choir Performer
  • Finley, Herman Interviewee
  • Blake, Harry Performer


This episode of the series “Folks” from March 4, 1982, features a look at four styles of black music in Louisiana – zydeco, blues, traditional jazz, and gospel. It includes highlights of performances by: John Delafose and the Eunice Playboys at the Gypsy Club in Cecilia; Clifton Chenier; the Tabby Thomas Blues Band at Tabby’s Blues Box and the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade in Baton Rouge; Silas Hogan at Tabby’s Blues Box; Sweet Emma and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Preservation Hall in New Orleans; and the Sanctuary Choir at Mount Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport. It also includes interviews with John Delafose, Tabby Thomas, Sheik Colar, and Herman Finley.