Link Davis – Big Mamou


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Release Date:  2009

Label:  Bear Family Records


Track List

1. Big Mamou
2. Pretty Little Dedon
3. Lafayette Wedding
4. Rice and Gravy Blues
5. Chere Petite [Dear Little One]
6. Port Arthur
7. Lonely Heart
8. Time Will Tell
9. Mamou Waltz
10. Hey, Garcon!
11. Falling for You
12. Gumbo Ya-Ya (Everybody Talks at Once)
13. The Crawfish Crawl
14. You’re Little But You’re Cute
15. Mama Say No
16. You Show Up Missing
17. Everytime I Pass Your Door
18. Cajun Love
19. Kajalena
20. Va T’Cacher [Go Hide Yourself]
21. Sixteen Chicks
22. Deep in the Heart of a Fool
23. Don’t Big Shot Me
24. Grasshopper Rock
25. Trucker from Tennessee
26. Bayou Buffalo
27. Would You Be Waiting
28. Slippin’ and Slidin’ Sometimes
29. Allons a Lafayette
30. Waltz of the Jambalaya
31. Big Coonie (Two-Step)
32. Bayou Buffalo
33. Slippin’ and Slidin’ Sometimes
34. Big Coonie (Two-Step)



1-CD-Album Digipak (4-plated) with 60-page booklet, 34 tracks. Playing time approx. 82 mns.

The complete OKeh/Columbia and Starday recordings of this classic Texas singer collected together for the first time, most from the original master tapes. Includes the version of Big Mamou that became a country-Cajun standard. Comes with four unissued OKeh sides, and two alternate takes from Starday masters. Contains a newly researched biography of Link Davis by Andrew Brown, with rare unpublished photos from the Link Davis family.

Link Davis began in the Fifties as a forward-looking white R&B singer and saxophonist, recording a storming version of Good Rockin’ Tonight five years before Elvis Presley‘s supposedly ground-breaking attempt at the same song. Link Davis then morphed into a Cajun fiddler, scoring a big regional hit with the ancient-sounding waltz ‘Big Mamou’, which helped introduce America to Cajun music. By mid-decade, when rock ‘n’ roll came along and forced most of his country music friends into early retirement, Link Davis instead re-emerged as a born-again rocker, cutting some of his most memorable records.

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