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Kinfolks Come to See Yvonne By the Two Dozen (Jambalaya!)

Artist Song Buy
Lucinda Williams   Jambalaya (1979)   buy on itunes
Doug Kershaw   Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (1971)   buy on itunes
K-Paz de la Sierra   Jambalaya [sung in Spanish] (2004)   buy on itunes
Emmylou Harris   Jambalaya (1975)   buy on itunes
Chatelaine   Jambalaya [sung in French] (1982)   buy on itunes
Dash Rip Rock   Jambalaya (1999)   buy on itunes
Gerhard Wendland   Jambalaya [sung in German] (1950s)   buy on itunes
Almost Heaven   Jambalaya (ca. 2002)   buy on itunes
Chris Gray   Jambalaya (2001)   buy on itunes
Elvis Presley   Jambalaya (1975)   buy on itunes
Sandy e Junior   Jambalaya [sung in Portuguese] (1996)   buy on itunes
Jo Stafford   Jambalaya (1952)   buy on itunes
Teresa Teng   Jambalaya [English with Mandarin stage talk] (1976)   buy on itunes
Hank Williams   Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (1952)   buy on itunes
Hank Williams, Jr   Jambalaya (2003)   buy on itunes
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band   Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (1974)   buy on itunes
Mati Nuude   Jambalaya [sung in Estonian] (2001)   buy on itunes
Old Boys   Jambalaya (2004)   buy on itunes
Residents   Jambalaya (1987)   buy on itunes
Jo-El Sonnier   Jambalaya [sung in Cajun French] (1988)   buy on itunes
Sleepy LaBeef   Jambalaya (1989)   buy on itunes
Anna Jantar   Jambalaya [sung in Polish] (1996)   buy on itunes
ULL Cajun Band   Jambalaya > You Are My Sunshine (unk)   buy on itunes
Carpenters  Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (1973)   buy on itunes


In July 1952, not long before his death at age 29, Hank Williams
released "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)."
It sang of good food, good times, and a bright (if rustic) future
with his fiancTe Yvonne.
The song was set in Cajun country, but
its appeal extended globally, far beyond those who may ever actually pole a pirogue
down a bayou.

Williams was from Alabama, and was no Cajun, but got his inspiration from
the Chuck Guillory song "Grand Texas." That song is
still in print, and even appeared once on AOTM, thanks to
Franklin Onn.

Is a mix consisting entirely of versions of one song a good idea?
If you thought so, even for a brief moment, then check out examples by
other AOTManiacs at
Never Too Much of a Good Thing.

One other thing about the song "Jambalaya": unlike many technically complex
songs out there, where you have to learn at least 3 chords to play 'em,
"Jambalaya" can be played adequately with just two (I and V).


Date: 3/5/2005
me oh, my oh. son of a gun. this sure looks like fun!
Date: 3/6/2005
Date: 3/6/2005
damn I'm gittin' hongreeeeee...
The Misfit
Date: 3/6/2005
Great idea!
p the swede
Date: 3/6/2005
wow (and you didn't even use Fogertys version)
Date: 3/6/2005
This looks very cool! And how ofter do you make the pilgrimage to the Big Easy? I have only been once, but would love to get back.
Date: 3/6/2005
Jeez, you even have the Gerhard Wendland version (which dates from 1954). An the Estonian one (Estonian?!). And the Polish! Exquisite, to say the least.
Mo Twang!
Date: 3/6/2005
What a great song!
Franklin Onn12
Date: 3/6/2005
Son of a gun ... this makes me want to fill up my fruit jar!
Date: 3/6/2005
Damn. I had already collected 18 versions of Jumbalaya and was poised to make a mix when you come along and steal my thunder. Oh well, at least you came up with 6 more versions than I did, and for that you get my respect.
joey de vivre
Date: 3/6/2005
Jumbo Jambalaya Jam!
I once watched a musical comedian do his "impressions" of Jambalaya as performed by various groups (Dylan, Beach Boys, Prince, etc.)- that was pretty funny, but probably never recorded. This is a great sampling including all the best ones I know of, plus others I don't know at all but would love to hear - any chance of that? (I don't think it would fit on here, but if you don't already have it in your collection, could I send you Homer & Jethro's ""Jam Bowl Liar"?)
Date: 3/6/2005
Date: 3/6/2005
Impressive. Good ol' Hank.
Date: 3/6/2005
Now we're talkin'! A perfect song if ever there was one. Favorite versions here include Lucinda's, Emmylou's and the Residents. And, of course, Hank (Sr. that is).
Date: 3/6/2005
I have a sudden hankerin' for crayfish gumbo and jamabalaya. Great job!
Date: 3/7/2005
I'm gittin' hungry jist thinkin' a bout it@
Date: 3/11/2005
I love me some jambalaya!
Rob Conroy
Date: 3/24/2005
Jesus, this is crazy. But very, very compelling in a demented kind of way.

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