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Genres: Blues, World Music, Pop
After Clifton Chenier died in 1987 the title of "King of Zydeco" passed to Alton Rubin, better known as Rockin' Dopsie. Often performing in a crown and cape, the accordion playing Dopsie was a regal and rockin' ruler until... more »
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After Clifton Chenier died in 1987 the title of "King of Zydeco" passed to Alton Rubin, better known as Rockin' Dopsie. Often performing in a crown and cape, the accordion playing Dopsie was a regal and rockin' ruler until his death in 1993. His most fully realized session and the one essential Dopsie album, this disc shows Dopsie and his band, The Zydeco Twisters at their upbeat best. Tunes like "I'm in the Mood," Little Richard's "Keep a-Knockin' and Rubin's own "Zydeco Two-Step" are among his best. The covers here are also all keepers and include two Clifton Chenier tunes, "Josephine C'est pas ma femme" and "Hot Tamale Baby" as well as Chicago bluesman Jimmy Rogers's "That's All Right" and a great rendition of Guitar Slim's New Orleans classic "Things That I Used to Do." --Robert Baird
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"I have an autographed copy of this album somewhere. Here in Philly we used to have this festival called "The Jambalaya Jam" (still do, but different name) and loads of groups, known and lesser known would come up from Louisiana. - - The year Rockin Dopsie debuted (1985?) I think the Neville's and Dr. John headlined. Dopsie was on at 5:00 in the afternoon... and I remember my first impressions of the group when they were tuning up... a guy who looked like B.B. King playing blues licks on an ACCORDIAN - - his son is wearing a cooking apron and a washboard, and the bass player was tuning up playing these funky licks that were so deep, it felt like I was getting kicked in the but... I practically stared at Alton Rubin Sr. (Rockin' Dupsie) and the accordian thinking, "What the...?" and then they started... MAN, DID THEY SMOKE... they won Philly over, and became very popular at the festival from then on (even before getting a moment of fame on Paul Simon's Graceland album) - - Yes, it's cajun bayou music, yes its the blues... and yes, a lot of the songs are in French... that was wierd for me too at the time because they were black dudes, and I'm from Philadelphia... and we didn't even have a lot of Hatian dudes, let alone French speaking people playing blues on the accordian with Conked har and opening their show with James Brown and Sam and Dave numbers... but this band was so exciting and they won us over. - - Sr. is up in heavy now heatin' things up with Clifton Chenier... and Buckwheat who was also unknown at the time went on to fame as an opening act for Eric Clapton... and all these years later... both I and the CD have met on the net, and I think I'm going to get it, cos' as many times as I listened to that album, it must be pretty beat up. *Etwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah ! (*or however you spell it !)"