The late, great Wilson ‘Boozoo’ Chavis appears here in a 1988 documentary from the U.K., Aly Meets The Cajuns.  Boozoo had a regional hit in 1955 with the song Paper in my shoe (also called Pepper in my shoe and Pebble in my shoe).  He withdrew from music for many years, reemerging in the 1980s to a very strong career.  He was always a horseman, and raised horses at his ranch, Dog Hill, near Lake Charles, LA.  Boozoo was a colorful, irascible character, and a big hit with audiences.  My zydeco dance teacher said he “moved the beat around,” making it a challenge to dance to his music.

Sources:  Broven, John.  South to Louisiana.  Gretna, LA:  Pelican, 1983: pp. 108-109.  Tisserand, Michael.  The Kingdom of zydeco.  New York: Arcade, 1998:  pp. 235-254.  Recommended recordings:  The Lake Charles Atomic Bomb [early recordings] Rounder 2097 (1990), Zydeco Trail Ride Maison de Soul 1034 (1990).

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