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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Warren Storm born 18 February 1937

Warren Storm (born February 18, 1937, in Abbeville, Louisiana) is a drummer and vocalist, known as a pioneer of the musical genre swamp pop, a combination of rhythm and blues, country and western, and Cajun music and black Creole music.
Born Warren Schexnider on February 18, 1937, in Abbeville, Louisiana, Storm learned to play drums and guitar from his father, a Cajun musician, and in the early 1950s Storm began to perform publicly with Larry Brasso and the Rhythmaires.
Around this time he befriended fellow Abbeville musician Bobby Charles, and the two would travel to New Orleans to hear black rhythm and blues artists in the local nightclubs. These visits to New Orleans greatly influenced Storm's musical tastes and his own drumming style. Storm cites New Orleans rhythm and blues musician Charlie "Hungry" Williams as a major drumming influence.
In 1956 Storm founded his own rhythm and blues/early rock and roll group, and in 1958 he began recording for Crowley, Louisiana, record producer J. D. "Jay" Miller. Miller convinced Nasco records of Nashville to release a 45 RPM record of Storm's version of the old country composition "Prisoner's Song"; the flip side was "Mama Mama Mama (Look What Your Little Boy's Done)." The release broke into the Billboard Hot 100 and both songs became lifelong standards for Storm.
 Over the following years Storm recorded swamp pop music for numerous labels, including Rocko, Zynn, Top Rank, and Dot. In the early 1960s he teamed up with fellow swamp pop musicians Rod Bernard and Skip Stewart to form The Shondells, performing with the group and cutting tracks on the La Louisianne label until The Shondells disbanded around 1970.
Meanwhile, Storm released songs on several more labels, including ATCO, Sincere, and Teardrop, and, later, Premier, Showtime, Starflite, and Jin, among others. It was during this period that Storm recorded two more regional favorites, "Lord I Need Somebody Bad Tonight" and "My House of Memories."
During the 1980s and '90s, Storm appeared as a regular house musician at several south Louisiana danceclubs, and in 1989 recorded the Cajun Born LP for La Louisianne with fellow south Louisiana musicians Rufus Thibodeaux, Johnnie Allan, and Clint West.
Around 2000 Storm experienced a resurgence in popularity when he joined the Lil' Band of Gold, an all-star south Louisiana band that included, among others, guitarist C. C. Adcock, accordionist Steve Riley of the Mamou Playboys; Richard Comeaux of River Road; and pianist David Egan of Filé.
Warren continues to play the clubs and lounges of South Louisiana and records the occasional CD for local labels. Today he performs with Willie Tee and the Cypress Band. An inspiration to local young musicians, he revels in the title 'The Godfather Of Swamp Pop'.  
On September 5, 2010, during his performance at the "Boogie for the Bayou" fundraiser event at Paragon Casino in Marksville, Louisiana, Warren Storm was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. (Info mainly Wikipedia)
For Warrens discography go here:


boppinbob said...

Go here:

A1 - Mama Mama Mama
A2 - Prisoner's Song
A3 - So Long So Long
A4 - Troubles Troubles
A5 - In My Moments Of Sorrow
A6 - I'm A Little Boy
A7 - Birmingham Jail
B1 - Kansas City
B2 - Blues Stop Knocking
B3 - Oh Oh Baby
B4 - This Should Go On Forever
B5 - Teenage Twist
B6 - If You Don't Want Me
B7 - Thank You So Much

A big thankyou to Uncle Gil's Rockin' Archives
for the link

More mp3's here:

zephyr said...

Thanks Bob I like his music