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Alphonse Ardoin

  • Birth 16 Nov 1915 Duralde, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 16 May 2007 Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Burial Duralde, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 19432563

Zydeco Musician. As an accordionist, he was a major influence on the development of both Cajun and Zydeco music. His album "La Musique Creole," was the first ever recorded by an African American Cajun band. From the 1960s to the 1990s, Bois Sec with duo partner fiddler Canray Fontenot, became legendary for authentic Creole music. They made appearances at the Newport Folk Festival, Carnegie Hall, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Smithsonian and toured Europe. In 1986, the duo won the National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the nation's highest honor for traditional arts. The Ching Veillon book, "Creole Music Man: Bois Sec Ardoin" (2004), is a biography of his musical exploits.

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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 18 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19432563
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alphonse Ardoin (16 Nov 1915–16 May 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19432563, citing Ceaser Cemetery, Duralde, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .