Chanteur Country US né le 2 Octobre 1946 ŕ Rayne (Louisiane).

There have been better-known figures than Jo-El Sonnier within the Cajun music tradition of Louisiana. And there have been Louisiana musicians, such as Doug Kershaw, who have taken simplified versions of Cajun music to Nashville and experienced greater success in the world of country music. But no one has moved as easily between Cajun and country music as Sonnier, and no one is as well respected as a bridge between musical traditions. A fixture of the traditional Cajun scene, Sonnier has also reached the top levels of the country charts and brought his energetic accordion sounds to recordings by artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Steven Curtis Chapman.
Sonnier was born the son of French-speaking sharecroppers near Rayne, LA. He was raised in extreme poverty, often working in the cotton fields with his parents. Sonnier began playing his much older brother's battered accordion at age three and was soon known as something of a Cajun-music prodigy. He first performed on the radio when he was six (on Crowley, LA, station KSIG) and was recording by 11. As a teenager Sonnier became a well-established Cajun musician, recording four albums and at least a dozen singles on regional Louisiana labels. (Some were reissued in 2000 on the Cajun Valentino album, whose title referred to Sonnier's billing at the time.) He moved to California in search of wider fame in the early '70s, landing session work and making friends among the Los Angeles music elite, and he seemed to have stardom within his grasp when he was signed to the Mercury label's Nashville division. Sonnier's Mercury releases attempted to make him into a Lousiana version of the wildly successful Freddy Fender, mixing his accordion with Nashville electric bass guitars and including French-language passages in some songs. Sonnier experienced little commercial success at the time, but his Mercury material continued to amass fans and was reissued in its entirety in 1992.
Meanwhile, Sonnier temporarily gave up on country music and returned to Lousiana, cutting the Grammy-nominated Cajun Life album for the Rounder label. Merle Haggard tapped Sonnier as an opening act in the early '80s, and renewed contacts with California musicians such as Albert Lee, who was then helping to spearhead Nashville's traditional-country revival as part of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band, led Sonnier to take another shot at recording in Nashville. Signed to RCA, he released the album Come On Joe in 1987. The album coincided with the crest of the late-'80s neo-traditionalist wave, and Sonnier soon was sharing country airwaves with the likes of Randy Travis as the album spawned two Top Ten singles, the ballad "No More One More Time" and a ferocious cover of British folkster Richard Thompson's Cajun-inspired "Tear-Stained Letter."
Sonnier moved to Capitol in the early '90s, but the new trend toward country music rooted in '70s rock left him behind. Although his country career never really recovered, Sonnier remained in heavy demand as a Nashville session player. Sonnier appeared on recordings by Alan Jackson and Harris and went far beyond country music with guest slots on releases by Elvis Costello and Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. He also had success as a songwriter; both Patty Loveless and George Strait recorded Sonnier's "Blue Is Not a Word," and he consistently placed songs on albums by other artists in the late '80s and early '90s. Sonnier also dabbled in acting, appearing in the films Mask, They All Laughed, and A Thing Called Love. Finally he returned to pure Cajun music and to the Rounder label, where he teamed with Beausoleil's Michael Doucet on several 1990s releases. A second Grammy nomination came Sonnier's way for the 1997 release Cajun Pride, and he joined fellow Louisianan Eddy Raven for the album Cookin' Cajun. Sonnier toured widely, performing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Grand Ole Opry (in 1999) and visiting Europe and South America. His self-released album Cajun Blood won him a third Grammy nomination, one for the 2001 Best Traditional Folk Album award. By the early 2000s, Sonnier seemed to have found his niche: He was a true ambassador of French-descended Louisiana.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo-El_Sonnier#Albums

Talents : Accordion, Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter

Style musical : Cajun, Traditional Country

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Tee Yeaux Bleu (1960)

Jump, Little Frog (1967)

Monkey Played Fiddle (1968)

My Girl Of The Village (1968)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

1960 SP SWALLOW 45-112 (US) .

Joel SONNIER - Duson Playboy's Special / Tee Yeaux Bleu

1966 SP GOLDBAND G 1171 (US) .

Robert & Joel with Their Louisiana Ramblers - Pas Revenir A La Maison (Didn't Come Home) / Nous Passe Vote Porte (We Passed Your Door)

1967 SP GOLDBAND G 1173 (US) . Robert & Joel with Their Louisiana Ramblers - My 50 Cents (Mon Senx Ont Sou) / Bottom Apartment
1967 SP GOLDBAND G 1175 (US)

Jo'El SONNIER - Turn Black / Eleven Years Innocent

1967 SP GOLDBAND G 1189 (US) .

Jo'El SONNIER - Jump, Little Frog / Hurricane Audry

1968 SP GOLDBAND G 1192 (US) .

Take Me In Your Arms (And Hold Me) / Top Rocking Joe

1968 SP GOLDBAND G 1193 (US) .

Monkey Played Fiddle / My Girl Of The Village

1968 SP GOLDBAND G 1195 (US) .

Jo-El Sonnier featuring Bob Brasseau - Secret Of Love / I Won't Be Lonesome

1969 SP GOLDBAND G 1201 (US) . I'm Leaving You / Go Dan Tucker
06/1969 SP GOLDBAND G 1202 (US) .

Where Can I Go / His Own Trubles

1969 SP GOLDBAND G 1204 (US) . White Dove Had Died / Curse Of The Loser
1970 SP GOLDBAND G 1216 (US) .

Rat Race Of Time / Together We're One

11/1972 SP Goldband G-1242 (US) . Coming Home For Christmas (Jo-El Sonnier) / Merry Christmas Tonight (Charles PAGE)
01/1975 SP MERCURY 73655 (US) .

Joel SONNIER - Cajun Woman / Blue Is Not A Word

08/1975 SP MERCURY 73702 (US) .

Joel SONNIER - I've Been Around Enough To Know / A Brigther Shade Of Smile

12/1975 SP MERCURY 73754 (US) . Joel SONNIER - Always Late (With Your Kisses) / Knock, Knock, Knock
04/1976 SP MERCURY 73796 (US) .

He's Still All Over You / Am I Just Your Friend?

09/1976 SP MERCURY 73824 (US) .

Cheatin' Turns Her On / Showboat Gambler 

08/1977 SP MERCURY 55002 (US) .

Cajun Born / It Don't Hurt Me Half As Bad

02/1979 SP EAGLE INT. 1150 (US)  .

Jambalaya / Ma Jolie Blond

1980 SP KAJUN 1018 (US) .

Joel SONNIER - Memphis / Mother's Sad Waltz

1980 SP ROUNDER 4529 (US) .

Cajun Life / Les Flammes D'Enfer

1986 SP SWALLOW 45-10298 (US) .

Jolie Blon / Louisiana Blues

10/1987 SP RCA 5282-7 (US) . Come On Joe / Say You Love Me
1987 SP RCA 5282-7-RAA (US) (promo) Come On Joe / Come On Joe
01/1988 SP RCA 6895-7 (US) . Louisiana 1927 / No More One More Time
05/1988 SP RCA 8304-7 (US) . Tear Stained Letter/ Say You Love Me
10/1988 SP RCA 8726-7 (US) . Rainin' In My Heart / Baby Hold On
03/1989 SP RCA 8918-7 (US) . Blue, Blue, Blue Blue, Blue / I've Got Dreams To Remember
08/1989 SP RCA 9014-7 (US) . If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again / You Done Me Wrong
02/1990 SP RCA 9123-7 (US) . Scene Of The Crime / Evangeline Special
03/1998 CD Intersound 9296 (US) (promo) .

Broken Side Of New Orleans

09/1998 EP K-TEL ? (US)

Rockin’ Cajun - Tear-Stained Letter / Good Deal Lucille / No More One More Time / Sugar Bee / Louisiana 1927







Albums

06/1968 LP 12" GOLDBAND GRLP-7747 (US)

JO-EL SONNIER sINGS Hurricane Audry - Hurricane Audry / Little Petite / Tomorrow Never Comes / There's No Goodbyes / Cafe Sho / I Threw Away The Rose / Jump, Little Frog / Durald Waltz / I'd Like To Forget / Aye, Yeah / Monkey Played Fiddle / Last Waltz

1968 LP 12" GOLDBAND GRLP-7752 (US) CAJUN VALENTINO - White Dove Had Died / Telephone On The Wall / Locked In My Mind / Baby Has Gone Away / Smile Away / Legend Of Andeau Lane / Monkey On My Back / Another Day / Let My Heart Go / Family Rules / Juvenile Delinquent / Freight Train
08/1970 LP 12" GOLDBAND GRLP-7753 (US) THE SCENE TODAY IN CAJUN MUSIC - I'd Like To Forget / Rolling Pin / Johnny B. Goode / The One I Love / Big Wheel Rolling / Black Sox / Broken Heart / Tasso Gumbo / Go, Dan Tucker / I'm Leaving You / Auntie's Peanuts / Sound The Bel
08/1980 LP 12" ROUNDER 3049 (US) CAJUN LIFE - Cajun Life / Tes Yeux Bleu / Allons A Lafayette / Bayou Teche Waltz / Les Flammes D'Enfer / Lacassine Special / Chere Alice / Louisiana Blues / Les Grands Bois / Perrodin Two Step
11/1987 CD RCA 6374-2 (US) COME ON JOE - JO-EL - Baby Hold On / Paid The Price / So Long Baby Goodbye / No More One More Time / Come On Joe / Say You Love Me / Rainin' In My Heart / Louisiana 1927 / Tear-Stained Letter / I've Slipped Her Mind
1988 LP 12" RCA 8396-1-RDJ (US) (promo)

JO-EL - Tear-Stained Letter / So Long Baby Goodbye / Rainin' In My Heart / Say You Love Me / Baby Hold On / I've Slipped Her Mind / Tear-Stained Letter / So Long Baby Goodbye / Rainin' In My Heart / Say You Love Me / Baby Hold On / I've Slipped Her Mind

1988 LP 12" GOLDBAND GRLP-7805 (US) RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO TEXAS - Jo' El SONNIER - Right Next Door To Texas / Locked In My Mind / Tomorrow Never Comes / Tears Of A Clown Only Make Believe / Holly Golightly / Life Is A Dirty Deal / Love To Boogie Woogie / Feel Like Calling You / Rocking Joe / Sundown
01/1989 CD RCA 9718-2-R (US) HAVE A LITTLE FAITH - The Scene Of The Crime / If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again / Ooh, Ooh, Ooh / Have A Little Faith Me / I'll Never Get Over You / The Hurt In My Heart / Solid Gold Plated Fool / (Blue, Blue, Blue) Blue, Blue / Walls / Evangeline Special
1989 LP 12" GOLDBAND GRLP-7806 (US) THE CAJUN TROUBADOUR - Jo' El SONNIER - I'm Leaving You / Run Dan Tucker / Auntie's Peanuts (Pestache Ah Tante Nana) / Reason To Live / Right Next Door To Texas / Sound The Bell / One I Love / Black Sox Two Step / Rolling Pin (Special) / I'd Like To Forget
02/1992 CD LIBERTY CDP 7 95684 2 (US) TEARS OF JOY - All American Saturday Night / Fire On The Line / Smile When You Say That / Some Kinda Voodoo / Tears Of Joy / You May Change Your Mind / Do Me A Favor, Don't / Let's Give Love One More Try / Harder Than It Sounds / Telling You Goodbye
09/1992 CD LIBERTY CDP 0777-7-98761-2 (US) HELLO HAPPINESS AGAIN - Cafe Du Monde / Cry Like A Baby / Someday I Will Lead The Parade / Hello Happiness Again / Field Of Love / '65 Blue / So Lonesome In My Heart / Hole In The Clouds / Is My Love Enough? / French Quarter Moon
08/1992 CD MERCURY 314-512 645-2 (US) THE COMPLETE MERCURY SESSION - Cajun Born / Sugar Bee / Say You Love Me / It Don't Hurt Me Half As Bad / Come On Joe / Blue Is Not A Word / Cajun Woman / A Righter Shade Of Blue / Always Late (With Your Kisses) / Am I Just Your Friend / Knock, Knock, Knock / He's Still All Over You / Cheatin' Turns Her On / I've Been Around Enough To Know / Showboat Gambler
05/1994 CD ROUNDER CD-6059 (US) CAJUN ROOTS - J'Etais Au Bal / La Valse Du Grand Cheims / Church Point Breakdown / La Branche De Muriee / Evangeline Special / Calcasieu Waltz / Huppes Taiauts 1935 / La Chere Toute-Toute / Chere Joues Roses / Amedee Two Step / Laisse Les Bon Temps Rouler / La Valse Des Chere Bebe
1995 CD LITTLE MORGANVILLE DMPMV 7214-2 (US) CAJUN KIDS - Rockin' At The Mardi Gras / The Old Red Barn / Man Gave Names To All The Animals / Walk Along Song Of Happiness / Somethin' In The Swamp / Poor Old Lady - Coonie The Crawdad - You Get A Line I'll Get A Pole / Cajun Accordion Man / Pontchartrain Refrain
07/1996 CD ACE CDCH-598 (UK) CAJUN YOUNG BLOOD - Jump Little Frog / Rolling Pin (Special) / I'm Leaving You / Durald Waltz / The Bean / I'd Like To Forget (version 1) / Monkey On My Back / Little Petite / The One I Love / Johnny B. Goode / Cafe Sho / (My) Blue Letter / Fee Fee Poncho (with Sidney BROWN) / Hurricane Audry / Auntie's Peanuts (Pestache Ah Tante Nana) / There's No Goodbyes / Didn't Come Home (with Robert BERTRAND) / Tasso Gumbo / Valse De Rose Marie / (Ship Of) Broken Heart / My 50 Cents (with Robert BERTRAND) / Legend Of Iry LeJeune / Monkey Played Fiddle / We Passed Your Door / I'd Like To Forget (version 2) / Aye Yeah / Last Waltz / Big Wheel Rolling (with Funky DUCK)
08/1996 CD K-TEL 6240-2 (US) COOKIN' CAJUN - Eddy RAVEN & Jo-El SONNIER - Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (with Eddy RAVEN) / Colinda (Eddy RAVEN) / Tear-Stained Letter / Fais Do Do (with Eddy RAVEN) / Zydeco Lady (Eddy RAVEN) / No More One More Time / Papa Thibodeaux (Eddy RAVEN) / Sugar Bee / Cher Jole Blon (with Eddy RAVEN) / Good Deal Lucille / I'm Gonna Get You (Eddy RAVEN) / Diggy Liggy Lo (with Eddy RAVEN) / Cher Big Mamou (Eddy RAVEN) / Louisiana 1927
10/1996 CD STONY PLAIN SPCD-1224 (CAN) LIVE IN CANADA - So Long Baby Goodbye / Big Mamou / Jolie Blon / Jambalaya / Johnny B Goode / Rainin' In My Heart / Sugar Bee / Tear Stained Letter / Jolie Blon (solo) / Bonus Track: interview with Jo-El Sonnier and Cajun accordian demonstration
04/1997 CD ROUNDER CD-6069 (US) CAJUN PRIDE - Lake Arthur Special / Juste Une Affaire / Pine Grove Blues / Lawtell Two Step / La Valse De Grand Mamou / French Blues / Mamou Two Step / Midnight Waltz / Step It Fast / Jolie Fille / Amede Ardoin / Johnnie Fais Bien
01/1998 CD GREEN HILL MUSIC GHD 5108-2 (US) CAJUN MEMORIES - Diggy Liggy Lo / Jambalaya - Bayou Pon Pon / Grande Mamou / Hackberry Hop / J'Ele Au Bal - Colinda / J'Ai Passe Devant La Porte / Happy One Step / Jolie Blon / Bosco Stomp High Point Two Step / Valse Du Chere Baby / Evangeline Special - Lacassine Special / La Porte De L'Arrier / I'd Like To Know - Lake Charles Waltz
02/1998 CD INTERSOUND 9296-2 (US) HERE TO STAY - We're Here To Stay / Broken Hearted Side Of New Orleans / Can't Give My Heart Away / Polk Salad Annie / I Can Help / Jambalaya / Diggy Diggy Lo / The Big Mamou / La Jolie Blonde / Johnny B. Goode / C'Est La Vie / Whiter Shade Of Pale / Cajun Medley: No More One MoreTime - Raining In My Heart - Tear Stained Letter - Sugar Bee
11/1999 CD MUSIQUE DE' JO-EL 1755 (US) CAJUN BLOOD - Sang Cadien / I'd Like To Know / The Back Door / Eh' Tit Fille / Lafayette Waltz / Jolie Coeur / Flammes D' Enfer / Cherokee Waltz / Quelle E' Toile / Te Yeux Noir / Allons A' Lafayette / Bayou Teche / Cajun Blood
07/2000 CD GOLDBAND 7806 (US) THE CAJUN VALENTINO - Run Dan Tucker / Leaving You / Pestauche Ah Tante Nana / Reason To Live / Can't Put That Monkey On My Back / Right Next Door To Texas / Well Sound The Bell / The One I Love / Black Sox Two Step / Rolling Pin Special / I'd Like To Forget / My Girl Of The Village
02/2002 CD MUSIQUE DE' JO-EL 1984 (US) THE L.A. SESSIONS - Jo-El SONNIER & Friends - Cajun Born / One Of Those Old Things / Good Deal Lucille / Come On Joe / Louisiana Blues / No More One More Time / Blue Is Not A Word / Knock-Knock-Knock / I Want To Be With You Always
03/2002 CD GREEN HILL MUSIC  GHD 5249-2 (US) CAJUN TRADITION - Vien Dans Mu J'oin / Les Flammes D'Enfer / Jolie Fille / Midland Two Step / Allons A Lafayette / Chere Bassette / One Step De Chameau / Lake Arthur Stomp / Chere Yeaux Bleu / Port Arthur Blues / Les Grande Bois / Rolling Pin / Ma Chere Bebe Creole / Step It Fast
06/2002 CD GREEN HILL MUSIC GHD 5310-2 (US) CAJUN CHRISTMAS - Deck The Halls / Jingle Bells / Silver Bells / Jingle Bell Rock Frosty The Snowman / The First Noel / Here Comes Santa Claus / Joy To The World / Away In A Manger / Blue Christmas / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / Silent Night! Holy Night! / Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / We Wish You A Merry Christmas
03/2003 CD GREEN HILL MUSIC GHD 5315-2 (US) CAJUN HYMNS - When The Saints Go Marching In / I Saw The Light / I'll Fly Away / Precious Lord, Take My Hand / This Little Light Of Mine / O How I Love Jesus / Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Peace Like A River / Just A Little Talk With Jesus / Rock Of Ages / Victory In Jesus / Blesses Assurance / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / Amazing Grace
2004 CD  GOLDBAND CD 7805 (US) YESTERDAYS WITH JO-EL SONNIER - Right Next Door To Texas / Locked In My Mind / Our Tomorrow Will Never Come / Tears Of A Clown Only Make Believe / Life Is A Dirty Deal / Love To Boogie Woogie / Good Rockin' Joe / Sundown / White Dove Had Died / Telephone Won't Ring / Legend Of Andeu Lane / Monkey On My Back / Another Day / Let My Heart Go / Family Rules -Aka Angel Child / Juvenile Deliquent / Freight Train
01/2005 CD GREEN HILL MUSIC GHD 5414-2 (US) CAJUN MARDI GRAS ! - Go To The Mardi Gras / Carnival Time / Hey Pockaway / Big Chief / When The Saints Go Marching In / They All Asked / Mardi Gras Mambo / Street Parade / Second Line / Rockin' At The Mardi Gras / Le Danse / Jambalaya / Iko Iko
2005 CD MUSIQUE DE' JO-EL JSCD 041108 (US) BACK BY REQUEST - Tear-Stained Letter / Rainin' In My Heart / Louisiana 1927 / Big Mamou / Jolie Blonde / If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again / Have A Little Faith / No More One More Time / Come On Joe / I've Been Around Enough To Know / Whiter Shade Of Pale
2007 CD MUSIQUE DE' JO-EL CD 070202 (US)

Classic Country - I've Been Around Enough To Know / He's Still All Over You / Cheatin' Turns Her On / Always Late / Showboat Gambler / Blue Is Not A Word / Brighter Shade Of Blue / Knock-Knock-Knock / Am I Just Your Friend / It Don't Hurt Me Half As Bad / Say You Love Me / Cajun Woman / Cajun Born

02/2008 CD MUSIQUE DE' JO-EL CD 071121 (US)

The Real Deal - Louisiana Mudbug / Louisiana Means So Much To Me / Dead Giveaway / I Need Time / Break-Up / Matilda / Sweet Operator / The Real Deal / Squeeze Box / Delta Blue / Life's Last Parade / My Name Is Jo-El

2010 CD ? (US)

17 Greatest Hits - Come On Joe / No More One More Time / Les Flammes Des Enfer / Whiter Shade Of Pale / Sweet Operator / Cajun Born / Cajun Blood / Say You Love Me / Blue Is Not A Word / Knock, Knock, Knock / Fais Do Do / Broken Hearted Side / The Back Door / I Can Help / Jambalaya / La Jolie Blonde / Sang Cadien

02/2011 CD Music Ache 60021 (US)

Where's That Music Comin' From? - Acadiana / As Far South As You Can Go / Gumbo Radio / Bandera / Twelve Honest Men / Thunderbird Road / Confusion Say / Dylan Song / Because I Can / Hadacol Train / Swamp Porch Pickin' / As Long As I'm With You / Where's That Music Comin' From? / Healin' Song / The School I Had To Quit / Good Luck To You My Friend / You Never Get Over It / Twenty-One

12/2012 CD MORELLO ? (EUR)

Come On Joe - Have A Little Faith - Baby Hold On / Paid The Price / So Long Baby Goodbye / No More One More Time / Come On Joe / Say You Love Me / Rainin' In My Heart / Louisiana 1927 / Tear-Stained Letter / I've Slipped Her Mind / The Scene Of The Crime / If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again / Ooh, Ooh, Ooh / Have A Little Faith In Me / I'll Never Get Over You / The Hurt In My Heart / Solid Gold Plated Fool / (Blue, Blue, Blue) Blue, Blue / Walls / Evangeline Special

12/2013 CD Takau 2828 (US)

THE Legacy - J'Suis Apres Me Soutenir (I'm Holdin' On) / Les Blues D'Ennui (Lonesome Blues) / Ya Juste Toi (There's Only You) / Tu Peux Cogner (You Can Knock) / Cher' Tit Coeur (Dear Little Heart) / J'Sus Apres M'Ennuyer (Lonesome) / Mama's Two Step / Si J'Ai Pas Toi (If There's No You) / J'Ai Gone Fou (I'm Goin' Crazy) / Dockside Special / Tit Cheveux Noir (Little Black Hair) / J'Sus Apres Te Quitter (I'm Leavin') / Mais Yeaux Bleu (My Eyes Blue)

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