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.
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 .
|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|
- 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
- Classic Rockabilly - Al Ferrier; P. 50 f.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Ferrier, Alfous Glenn (full name); The Cajun Rockabilly|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American rockabilly and country musician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 19, 1934|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Olla, Louisiana|
|DATE OF DEATH||January 6, 2015|
|Place of death||Natchitoches|