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EVANGELINE SPECIAL. AKA - "Evangeline Playboy Special." Cajun, Two-Step (4/4 time). USA, southwestern Louisiana. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA(Vocal)BAA(Vocal)BA(Vocal)BA. The song, a standard, was named for a nightclub in Ville Platte, parish (i.e. county) seat of Evangeline Parish, Louisiana. It was recorded by accordion player Iry LeJeune [1] in 1948, his first single, which became a regional hit and helped usher in a revival of Cajun music in Louisiana. A related song is Lesa Cormier's "Saturday Night Special."

Iry LeJeune

Source for notated version: Iry LeJeune (1928-1955, La.) [Francois].

Printed sources: Francois (Yé Yaille Chère!), 1990; pp. 373-373.

Recorded sources: Goldband Records GB-LP7741, Iry LeJeune. Opera 105-A (78 RPM), Iry LeJeune (1948). Swallow SW-61313, Tracy Shwarz Trio - "Mes Amis!"

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Hear LeJeune's 1948 recording on youtube.com [3]




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