Chanteur et compositeur US né le 12 Août 1940 à Opelousas (Louisiane). Rod Bernard a débuté à l'age de 10 ans avec le groupe "The Twisters" de Mike Genovese. découvert par Floyd Soileau de Jin Records, il enregistre son premier disque vers 1958 pour Carl Records. Le disque marche et Floyd le revend au label Chess qui le sortira sur Argo. Rod Bernard a enregistré pour Jin (58/59), Mercury (59/60), Tear Drop (65) et Scepter Records (66),  pour revenir chez Jin où il restera jusqu'en 1976.

Swamp pop musician Rod Bernard was born in Opelousas, Louisiana in the early '40s and made his professional debut on KSLO Opelousas when he was only ten. Two years later, Bernard was a deejay at the station, but in 1954, his family moved to Winnie, Texas. There Bernard became accquainted with the town barber Huey Meaux, who later became a major producer of Cajun recordings. By the time he was a teenager, Bernard formed his first band (the Twisters) and cut two records on Jake Graffagnino's Carl label.
They then recorded King Karl's "This Should Go on Forever" for Floyd Soileau's Jin label (which eventually licensed the recording to Chicago's Argo label) and took the records to Huey Meaux — who was now hosting a French music show on KPAC Port Arthur. Meaux had the song played throughout East Texas and took a copy to the Big Bopper, who played it at KTRM Beaumont, Texas. It took seven months, but eventually the record made it to the Top 20 on the pop charts. Bernard then appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand (where he had to sanitize some of the lyrics for mainstream audiences) and signed with Mercury Records. After recording over 40 songs for the label, Bernard watched as only four sides were released. One of them, "One More Chance," made it to the pop charts as a minor hit.
By 1962, Bernard's Mercury contract had run out. He began working for Hall-Way Records, where many of his sessions were backed by Johnny and Edgar Winter. He achieved small success with a rocked up version of the traditional Cajun song "Colinda," before Bernard became a deejay and musical director at KVOL , and later a sales executive at KLFY-TV, both Lafayette stations. He also performed on television with the Shondells, a group he had co-founded in 1963. In 1965, a compilation of 12 songs he and the Shondells sang on the show were released as Saturday Hop on the La Louisienne label. The group also released a single, "Our Teenage Love" for Teardrop. Bernard and Carol Ranchou of La Louisianne founded the Arbee label. Bernard released several albums throughout the seventies and continued to work for KLFY-TV for years. In the late '90s, Rod Bernard returned to the studios and recorded The Louisiana Tradition.

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Talents : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Swamp Rock, Cajun, Rock 'n' Roll 

ALL NIGHT IN JAIL (1958)

PARDON MR. GORDON (1959)

THIS SHOULD GO ON FOREVER (1959)

OUR TEENAGE LOVE (1965)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1957 SP CARL H8OW-2441/2 (US) Rob BERNARD with Mike GENOVESE & The TWISTERS - Little Bitty Mama / Linda Gail
1958 SP CARL 1229 (US) Rob BERNARD & The TWISTERS - All Night In Jail / Set Me Free
1959 SP JIN 45-105 (US) Rob BERNARD & The TWISTERS - Pardon, Mr. Gordon / This Should Go On Forever
02/1959 SP ARGO 5327 (US) Pardon, Mr. Gordon / This Should Go On Forever
06/1959 SP ARGO 5338 (US) You're On My Mind / My Life Is A Mystery
09/1959 SP MERCURY 71507x45 (US) Shedding Teardrops Over You / One More Chance
01/1960 SP MERCURY 71592x45 (US) Let's Get Together Tonight / One Of These Days
1960 SP MERCURY 71654x45 (US) Dance Fool Dance / Two Young Fools In Love
09/1960 SP MERCURY 71689x45 (US) Just A Memory / Strange Kisses
1961 SP MERCURY 71767x45 (US) Lonely Hearts Club / Who Knows
1961 SP HALL-WAY 1806 (US) Wedding Bells / I Had A Girl
1962 ? SP HALL-WAY 1902 (US) Who's Gonna Rock My Baby / Colinda
1962 ? SP HALL-WAY 1906 (US) New Orleans Jail / Fais Dodo
1962 SP MERCURY 71842x45 (US) I'm Not Lonely Anymore / Sometime
1963 ? SP HALL-WAY 1915 (US) Forgive / I Want Somebody
1964 SP HALL 1917 (US) The Clock / Diggy Liggy Lo
1964 SP HALL 1919 (US) Bossman's Son / Loneliness
1964 SP HALL 1922 (US) I Might As Well / My Older Mother In Law
1965 SP ARBEE 104 (US) Gimme Back My Cadillac / Don't You Think I've Paid Enough
1965 SP ARBEE 105 (US) Just Another Lie / These Were Our Songs
1965 SP TEARDROP 3044 (US) Our Teenage Love / Doing The Oo-Wa Woo
1965 SP TEARDROP 3052 (US) My Jolie Blonde / You're The Reason
1965 SP TEARDROP 3060 (US) Little Green Man / No Money Down
11/1965 SP TEARDROP 3117 (US) Recorded In England / This Should Go On Forever
1965 SP CADET 5327 (US) Pardon, Mr. Gordon / This Should Go On Forever
1966 SP SCEPTER SCE-12195 (US) Recorded In England / These Were Our Songs
1966 ? SP CARL 1229 (US) Linda Gail / Little Bitty Mama
1966 ? SP CARL 1230 (US) Set Me Free / All Night In Jail
1968 SP SCEPTER 12195 (US) These Were Our Songs / Recorded In England
1968 SP COPRYGHT 2316 (US) Play A Song For My Baby / Papa Thibodeaux
1968 SP COPRYGHT 2317 (US) Let's Start A Commotion / In This Small Town
1968 SP JIN 232 (US) Congratulations To You Darling / You're The Reason In Love
1969 SP JIN 237 (US) Cajun Honey / To Have And Hold
1969 SP JIN 240 (US) Big Mamou / New Orleans Jail
1969 ? SP CRAZY CAJUN 9020 (US) Papa Thibodeaux / My Little Jolie Blonde
1970 SP SSS INTERNATIONAL 822 (US) Cajun Interstate / A Tear In My Lady's Eyes
1972 SP JIN 286 (US) Teach Me To Forget / Doesn't Take That Too Much To Cry
1974 SP JIN 307 (US) Somebody Wrote That Song For Me / Don't You Think I've Paid Enough
1975 SP JIN 325 (US) Sometimes I Talk In My Sleep / Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do
1975 SP JIN 338 (US) This Should Go On Forever / I Spent A Week There Last Night
1975 SP JIN 350 (US) A Winner In Love / I Forgot I Had These Memories Of You
1976 SP JIN 362 (US) Rod BERNARD & Clifton CHENIER - Rockin' Pneumonia / Shake Rattle And Roll
1976 SP JIN 373 (US) Oh Mother Dear / Mardi Gras In New Orleans
1976 SP JIN 376 (US) Go On, Go On / I Never Had The One That I Wanted
197? SP CHESS CH-131 (US) This Should Go On Forever / See You Later Alligator (Bobby CHARLES)

Albums

1967 LP 12" JIN 4007 (US) ROD BERNARD - This Should Go On Forever / Colinda / Fais Dodo / Jolie Blonde / Whos Gonna Rock My Baby / Diggy Liggy Lo / ...
1976 LP 12" JIN LP 9014 (US) BOOGIE IN BLACK & WHITE - ROD BERNARD & CLIFTON CHENIER - My Babe / True Fine Mama / High Feel Sneakers / Please Don't Leave Me / Baby What You Want Me To Do / Baby Where Did You Go Last Night / Kansas City / Shake Rattle And Roll / My Jolie Blondie / Rockin Pneumonia And Boogie Woogie Flu
1978 ? LP 12" CRAZY CAJUN CCLP-1086 (US) THIS SHOULD GO ON FOREVER AND OTHERS BAYOU CLASSICS
1979 LP 12" JIN 9008 (US) COUNTRY LOVIN' - Teach To Forget / Mathilda / This Should Go On Forever / ...
1979 LP 12" JIN 9010 (US) NIGHT LIGHTS & LOVE SONGS - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do / Go On, Go On / You're On My Mind / ...
1982 LP 12" BRYLEN BN 4497 (US) THE CLOCK - Loneliness / Boss Man's Son / I Might As Well / My Old Mother-In-Law / Forgive / I Want Somebody / The Clock / Diggy Liggy Lo / Colinda / Who's Gonna Rock My Baby
1985 LP 12" ACE CH-143 (UK) ROD BERNARD - Cajun Honey / Colinda / Pardon Mr. Gordon / This Should Go On Forever / Fais Do Do / Diggy Liggy Lo / My Jolie Blonde / Take Her Back / Boss Man's Son
1992 CD JIN 4012 (US) LOT OF DOMINOES
01/1998 CD JIN 9056 (US) THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION - This Should Go On Forever / Pardon Mr. Gordon / Colinda / Forgive Me / Fais Do Do / Loneliness / Diggy Liggy-Lo / I Might As Well / Boss Man's Son / New Orleans Jail / Big Mamou / Congratulations To You Darlin' / Good Hearted Man / Don't Blame It On Me / Just One More Chance / Somertimes I Talk In My Sleep / Sometimes / Don't You Think I've Paid Enough / Play A Song For My Baby / Somebody Wrote That Song For Me / I Want Somebody / Winner In Love
02/1999 CD EDSEL 593 (UK) CAJUN BLUE - Jolie Blonde / You're The Reason I'm In Love / Let's Start A Commotion / Small Town Talk / This Should Go On Forever [version 1] / Little Green Man / Our Teenage Love / Colinda [version 1] / Cajun Honey (Cajun Lovin' Style) / To Have And To Hold / Recorded In England / Fais Do Do [version 1] / Cajun Blue / If You Call This Happy, Baby / I Don't Miss You / Texas Roller Coaster Feeling / Help Me Put Myself Together / Wish I Could Get Up And Go To Bed / New Orleans Jail / Colinda [version 2] / This Should Go On Forever [version 2] / Bell Bottom Bayou / Cajun Interstate / Big Mamou / Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / Hippi-Ti-Yo / Fais Do Do [version 2] / A Tear In The Lady's Eye
06/1999 CD CSP 1018 (US) A LOUISIANA TRADITION - Backwater Bayou / You're On My Mind / Ga De Don, Ga De Don (Gardez Donc) / Everybody Wants To Know / Hurricane Watch / Never Been Good (At Goodbye) / I Can Help / Poor Me / Just A Little Bit / When I Hold You In My Dreams / Mabelline / Someone You Run From / Pain In My Past / Happy Anniversary / Family Secrets / The Fantasy Is Over / See You Later, Alligator
01/2003 CD JIN 488 (UK) SWAMP ROCK 'N' ROLLER - Pardon Mr Gordon / Recorded In England / Memphis / Gimme Back My Cadillac / Who's Gonna Rock My Baby / Forgive / My Old Mother In Law / I Might As Well / Boss Man's Son / Fais Do Do / Loneliness / Colinda / I Want Somebody / Diggy Liggy Lo / Lawdy Miss Clawdy / The Prisoner's Song / Thirty Days / That's Alright Mama / Lover's Blues / Maybellene / Midnight Special / My Babe / Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / Big Mamou / New Orleans Jail / Give Me Love / Shake Rattle And Roll / This Should Go On Forever
200? CD DEMON ? (UK) VOICES OF AMERICANA - Jolie Blonde / You're The Reason I'm In Love / Let's Start A Commotion / Small Town Talk / This Should Go On Forever (version 1) / Little Green Man / Our Teenage Love / Colinda (version 1) / Cajun Honey (Cajun Lovin' Style) / To Have And To Hold / Recorded In England / Fais Do Do (version 1) / Cajun Blue / If You Call This Happy Baby / I Don't Miss You / Texas Rollar Coaster Feeling / Help Me Put Myself Together / Wish I Could Get Up And Go To Bed / New Orleans Jail / Colinda (version 2) / This Should Go On Forever (version 2) / Bell Bottom Bayou / Cajun Interstate / Big Mamou / Jambalaya / Hippi-Ti-Yo / Fais Do Do (version 2) / A Tear In The Lady's Eye

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