Jim Olivier – The Essential Collection


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Release Date:  2007

Label:  Swallow Records


Track List

1 Just Like A Cajun
2 I Love My Saturday Night
3 If You’ll Give Me Another Chance
4 Dearest One
5 Let’s Separate
6 Let’s Go To The Fais-Do-Do
7 Bourbon Street Cajun
8 Play Cajun Man
9 Marriage On The Rocks
10 You’re So Easy To Love
11 Wait Until I Finish Crying
12 Tolan Waltz
13 God Will Help Me
14 Good Hearted Man
15 I’m A Happy Cajun
16 Mom, I’ll Still Your Little Boy
17 Fool’s Waltz
18 Musician’s Paradise
19 I Stopped Smoking
20 Nothing New, Same Old Thing



Jim Olivier was a country music D.J. with KXKW Radio for three years before moving to television broadcasting. Starting in 1970, as host of his early morning TV shoe, Passe Partout, for twenty-five years, he promoted Cajun music and local musicians and entertainers every weekday morning. The show became so traditional with Louisiana and East Texas Cajuns that it was said the first thing folks put on in the morning, even before starting the coffee brewing, was Jim Olivier and Passe Partout!

I was quite surprised when, one day back in 1980, Jim walked into my office with songwriter/musician, V.J. “Boo” Boulet, and a tape they had just finished recording of Jim singing two Cajun songs. I knew Jim had been exposed to recording studios, musicians, and the entertainment business for years, so it was not unusual for him to want to venture to try to fulfill a lifelong desire to become a recording artist. But the fact that it was Jim on the tape singing, and that he was singing Cajun songs, and that they sounded so good, was a pleasant surprise. I decided to release Jim’s first 45rpm Cajun single, “Brasse le Couche-couche,” and it was an immediate success!

After the successful single release, we decided Jim should record an album. Boo wrote several new songs for Jim’s first album, including the hits “If You’ll Give Me Another Chance” and “Comme Un Cadien (Just Like A Cajun).” Jim’s version of “I Love My Saturday Night” became a classic hit also. The entire album had a full and exciting “make you wanta dance” sound, and Jim’s distinctively fresh, new, smooth vocals complimented the music. The album got a lot of folks interested in Cajun music again.

Jim and Boo went on to co-produce a total of five albums, with the third release scoring their biggest hit and best selling album because of a little novelty song Boo wrote for Jim called “Marriage a Pic et Poc,” a humerous battle between husband and wife. Jim became the top selling Swallow Cajun artists during a six year period. -Floyd Soileau, 2007

Jim passed away April 13, 2008.

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