Al Ferrier

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Alfous Glenn "Al" Ferrier , Sr. (born August 19, 1934 in Olla, Louisiana ; † January 6, 2015 in Natchitoches , Louisiana) was an American country , cajun and rockabilly musician. His nickname is "The Cajun Rockabilly" because his music is a mixture of country, Cajun music , a rockabilly influenced by Carl Perkins and Swamp Blues .


Childhood and youth

In his childhood, Al Ferrier became interested in Grandpa Jones , who was then a member of the Grand Ole Opry . He started playing guitar at the age of eleven, accompanying Brother Warren, who played the fiddle . Ferrier's parents were also very musical, with his father playing the fiddle and his mother playing the guitar. With his father and mother he attended the local Barn Dances, where he also performed. When he was 13, he left school with no qualifications to work in a sawmill.


With his brothers Warren and Brian, he started his day at five in the morning to appear on local radio in Alexandria , after which they went to the sawmill and worked there until evening. He left Louisiana for 18 months and lived in Gaston , Alabama , but returned to his home state. In Gaston he appeared for the first time on a national radio show, in the WGWD Midway Jamboree . During a power outage at the sawmill, Ferrier went home and wrote his first song, Let's Go Boppin 'Tonight . Ferrier played shortly after the record label owner Eddie Shuler, who signed him.

Seventy-Six Dollars a Week , 19 ??

Ferrier founded the band The Boppin 'Hillbillies with his two brothers . Their first session took place in the spring of 1955, when the song No No Baby was recorded. This was released as the first single in April 1956. At the same time, Ferrier and his band completed a series of appearances in the widely audible KWKH Louisiana Hayride , where Ferrier met the young Elvis Presley . Presley heard Ferrier's song Let's Go Boppin 'Tonight and wanted to send it to his producer Sam Phillips ; However, Ferrier refused to agree. He regretted this later and said: "That's one big mistake I made by not leting Elvis recording it."

In the following years Ferrier played records for various labels, including Rocko, Zynn and Nashboro Records.

In 1980 Ferrier received an award from the Mayor of Natchitoches City for 25 years in the music business. After his brother Bryan died, the Boppin 'Hillbillies broke up. However, Ferrier formed a new band and continued his career. He performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and played new albums. In 1996 Ferrier switched to gospel and released the album Help Me Keep the Faith .



year title Record company
1956 No No Baby / I'll Never Do Any Wrong Goldband Records
1956 My Baby Done Gone Away / It's Too Late Now Goldband Records
1957 I'm the man / hey baby Excello Records
1958 Let's Go Boppin 'Tonight / What Is That Thing Called Love? Goldband Records
1959 Kiss Me Baby / I Thought I Found Love Rocko Records
1959 Chisholm Trail Rock / Gunsmoke Zynn Records
1960 Blues Stop Knocking / She Left Me Zynn Records
196? Honey Baby / Why Doubt My Love? Goldband Records
196? I'll Try One More Time / I'm Just A Mender Goldband Records
1964 78 To Birmingham / I'll Sin Until I Die Goldband Records
1964 Last Chance / Take Two Steps Goldband Records
196? Told Her Nobody / Touch Of Mary's Hand Goldband Records
196? Yard Dog / If I Need You Goldband Records
19 ?? 76 Dollars A Week / Hungry Eyes Goldband Records
19 ?? Rockabilly Blues / Sad Songs Help Me Through The Night Goldband Records
1972 163 St. Peter's Call / All You Need Is A Man RPI Records
1974 I'm Not Drinking More / Don't Play Blue Eyes Master Track Records
1975 Kiss Me Baby / I Thought I Found Love Rocko Records
1975 I'll Take You For A Ride / It's My Fault Showtime Records
1975 Be-Boppin 'Daddy / You're Humburggin' Me Showtime Records
1976 Lonesome Trucker / Watching The Might Lights Burn Showtime Records
1976 Hey baby / honey Showtime Records
1976 Hey baby / I'm the man Excello Records
1981 Hello Josephine / I'll Try One More Time Goldband Records
1981 Every Dog Has a Day / No Greater Love Goldband Records
  • Blues Stop Knocking At My Door
  • Indian rock and roll
  • Send her back
  • You win again
not published
  • Love me baby
  • I'm still loving you
not published


  • 1970: The Birth Of Rockabilly
  • 1976: From 1955 To 1975
  • 1977: Boppin 'Tonight
  • 1981: Al Ferrier
  • 1984: Bop Stop Rock In The Hole In The Wall
  • 1987: Dixie
  • 1993: Al Ferrier and his Boppin 'Hillbillies
  • 1996: Legendary Al Ferrier with Louisiana Swamp Cats
  • 1996: Help Me Keep The Faith
  • 2000: Al Ferrier & Louisiana Swamp Cats

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Classic Rockabilly - Al Ferrier; P. 50 f.