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Jimmy C. Newman had several country hits in the 1950s, including the often-covered "Cry, Cry Darling," and while his bread and butter has always been in the direction of traditional Louisiana 2-step material, his approach was never strictly purist. This set collects some of his early sides for Dot Records, including the original 1954 version of "Cry, Cry Darling," and it shows an artist really more country than swamp, although that bayou sound is never far removed. Moving to MGM Records in 1958, Newman continued making similar records, culminating in "Alligator Man" (not included here) a decade later.


Born: 27 August 1927 in Big Mamou, LA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The "C" stands for Cajun, and though much of Jimmy C. Newman's early country material has little swamp stylings, he developed a fusion on several 1960s albums that established him as a forerunner in Cajun-country music. Newman was born on August 27, 1927, in High Point, LA; as a child, he listened more to Gene Autry than the Cajun music of the area, but still included several Cajun songs in his repertoire with Chuck Guillory's Rhythm Boys, which he joined while still a teenager. Despite recording...
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