Clifton Chenier

The King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier!

"Clifton was a great influence on me,” Mick [Jagger] says of the zydeco accordionist. “We first listened to him around 1965 when we went to the States and picked up his records on the Arhoolie label.”

Mick on the song I’m a Hog for You, one of 5 songs he selected for a custom world music playlist for UK-based Songlines Magazine: “This is a shuffle with the washboard picking up the triplets and it moves along in the classic Chenier style that he really put on the map. We first met up with the band in Los Angeles, I think, and I love the way he just grabs a blues number and adapts it to his style. Now his son is out on the road playing the same accordion and it’s all in the great Louisiana tradition.” 

Clifton Chenier was awarded the 2014 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

This is listing of all of our Clifton CDs and DVDs.

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Zydeco, The Early Years - Various Artists

CAT. #: 307


CD 307 The first live field recordings made of Zydeco music in the early 1960s by Chris Strachwitz, at house parties & beer joints in Houston and... More

J'ai ete Au Bal (I Went To The Ball) - Various Artists

CAT. #: DVD103


 J'ai ete Au Bal (I Went To The Ball) The Cajun and Zydeco Music of Louisiana. DVD103   A film by Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz & Maureen... More

Clifton Chenier - Zydeco Sont Pas Sale

CAT. #: 9001


CD 9001 This 15 selection program is pure Creole French, all sung in patois, drawn from various Chenier Arhoolie CDs in our $10.00 mid-line series. 1.... More

Clifton Chenier - The King Of Zydeco Live At Montreux, Switzerland

CAT. #: 355


CD 355 Clifton Chenier — accordion & vocals; Cleveland Chenier — rubboard; Robert St. Judy — drums; Joe Morris —... More

Clifton Chenier - The King Of Zydeco

CAT. #: DVD401


Live at the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival, the 1978 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, plus rare local Louisiana TV clips, interviews & more.

Clifton Chenier - Sings The Blues

CAT. #: 9041


CD 9041 Clifton Chenier came out of the French-Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana and put Zydeco music on the world's map of musical delights.... More

Clifton Chenier - Out West

CAT. #: 350


CD 350 Clifton Chenier — accordion, vocals & harmonica, and his Red Hot Louisiana Band featuring John Hart on sax and the stinging guitar... More

Clifton Chenier - Louisiana Blues And Zydeco

CAT. #: 9053


CD 9053 Clifton Chenier was the undisputed King of Zydeco, and the man who literally invented the genre. He took Louisiana's rural Creole music from... More

Clifton Chenier - Louisiana Blues and Zydeco



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Clifton Chenier - Live! At The Long Beach And San Francisco Blues Festivals

CAT. #: 404


CD 404 Clifton Chenier — accordion & vocals with The Red Hot Louisiana Band: Cleveland Chenier — rubboard; Robert St. Judy... More

Clifton Chenier - Live! At Grant Street

CAT. #: 487


CD 487 15 Previously Unissued Recordings. Over 70 minutes of pure Clifton. This was Clifton Chenier's gig all the way! The undisputed King Of... More

Clifton Chenier - Live At St. Mark's

CAT. #: 313


CD 313 Clifton Chenier - vocals and accordion with the Red Hot Louisiana Band . Recorded live in 1971 at a French Creole dance at St. Mark's... More

Clifton Chenier - King Of The Bayous

CAT. #: 339


CD 339 Clifton Chenier - vocals and accordion with Cleveland Chenier - rubboard; Robert Peter (St. Judy) - drums; Joe Morris (Brochet) - bass;... More

Clifton Chenier - Bon Ton Roulet

CAT. #: 345


CD 345 Clifton Chenier - accordion & vocals and his band. All of Clifton's 2nd ARH LP 1031 from 1966 with Morris Chenier on fiddle who was on... More

Clifton Chenier - Bogalusa Boogie

CAT. #: 347


2011 GRAMMY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE Compact Disc 347 The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame was created to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or... More

Clifton Chenier - 60 Minutes With The King Of Zydeco

CAT. #: 301


CD 301 Clifton Chenier - vocals and accordion with the Red Hot Louisiana Band . 15 of his best selling singles from his ten Arhoolie LPs. 1.... More