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Apologies for the inconvenience. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. John Delafose playing the accordion, from some time in the s. September 17, aged 55 LawtellLouisiana, US. ArhoolieRounderMaison de Soul.
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His father nicknamed "Tee Toe" was a well-respected accordion player who performed at many local dances, but who quit playing music when Andrus' older brother was born. He enlisted in the Air Force  after high school, Mardi Gras Song - Various - Zydeco Party (CD) eventually made it to the rank of sergeant, had a top security clearance and was stationed in London and Germany.
He was a long time resident of Kinder, Louisiana. He was also known to write poetry, and preach about respecting nature. Working in an oil refinery after leaving the Air Force,  Espre experienced a work-related accident on September 4, which left him temporarily paralyzed from the waist down.
When they got real excited, I'd try to feel what was happening at that point. Was it the rhythm guitar? The drums? The accordion style? I realized that when you get the whole thing just right, it's going to move the crowd. Espre grew up speaking Louisiana Creole French and spoke it fluently.
As he was physically a large man at 6 ft 6 in cm tall and pounds kghe took the stage name "Beau Jocque," which was a childhood nickname in Louisiana Creole meaning "Big Guy. He especially appealed to a younger crowd by incorporating rock guitar solos, blues-rock beats, and rap lines into his songs, along with his bass vocals and growling lyrics.
Within a short amount of time, Beau Jocque was playing clubs four to five nights a week  and just a few years after his accident, Espre was one of the biggest draws on the Louisiana zydeco circuit. In June one newspaper stated that "There has simply never been a zydeco phenomenon like Beau Jocque and the Hi-Rollers" who have "thoroughly modernized zydeco". Espre sent cassettes of this release to area radio stations and also sold them at his gigs.
He had to re-order more copies because they sold very quickly. Scott BillingtonMardi Gras Song - Various - Zydeco Party (CD) producer for Rounder Records who was familiar with the Louisiana zydeco scene, picked up on the buzz surrounding Beau Jocque and signed him to his label. Beau Jocque Boogie was released inand it contained the song that became his first hit and signature song, "Give Him Cornbread". Beau Jocque recorded five studio albums for Rounder, with a sixth live album titled Give Him Cornbread, Live Mardi Gras Song - Various - Zydeco Party (CD) on the label posthumously in
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