JAY CHEVALIER Rockin´ Country Sides CD HYDRA

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1  Castro Rock

2  Mona

3  Rock & Roll Angel

4  Ballad Of Earl K Long

5  Ballad Of Marc Elishe

6  Billy Cannon

7  Highschool Hop

8  Big Cloud   (Instr.)

9  Big Cloud

10 It Doesn´t Matter

11 Khrushchev And The Devil

12 Too Many Bubbles

13 Come Back To Louisiana

14 Satans Ground

15 Bill Baily Ain´t Go Home

16 Check Out Time

17 Louisiana Living

18 Big Wheels

19 I´m Leaving It All Up To You

20 South To Louisiana

21 Keeping Late Hours

22 Cuttin´ Cane

23 Mr. Football (Billy Cannon)

24 Jolie Blonde

25 American History

26 Johnny´s Holding The Reason I Cry

27 Bayou Baby

28 John T John

29 Blaze

30 Jambalaya


Joe J. Chevalier, known as Jay Chevalier (March 4, 1936 – March 30, 2019), was a singer and songwriter from the U.S. state of Louisiana who achieved success in several musical genres since the late 1950s. A pioneer of rockabilly music, he is best known within Louisiana for his songs based on politics, sports, and his love for his home state. The first "Official State Troubadour," he is an inductee to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Music Hall of FameSongwriters Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame

Chevalier was born in Forest Hill near Lecompte and reared in the community of Midway in Rapides Parish just south of Alexandria, Louisiana. He claims to have grown up "poor and naked in the piney wood hills along the banks of Bayou Boeuf." In 1954, Chevalier enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he formed his first band, which appeared in 1957 on Jimmy Dean's national day-time television program on CBS. Upon his discharge from the military, Chevalier recorded his first record, "Rockin [!!] Roll Angel". Gene Vincent had just recorded "Be-Bop-A-Lula", and the two became good friends and worked together in NorfolkVirginia. Vincent died in 1971 at the age of thirty-six.

In 1959, three-time Louisiana Governor Earl Kemp Long, who was barred by the state constitution from succeeding himself, ran for lieutenant governor on an intra-party ticket headed by another former governor, James A. Noe of Monroe, the owner of KNOE-TV. Intrigued by the flamboyant character, Chevalier composed and recorded The Ballad of Earl K. Long which was initially banned from radio play because it was suspected to be a political ploy though Chevalier had not personally met Long. Within a short time the song found its way onto the airways and was enthusiastically received. It sold more than 100,000 copies in the state. Long lost his bid for lieutenant governor in December 1959 to Taddy Aycock, but he rebounded the next summer with a victory over Harold B. McSween for Louisiana's 8th congressional district seat. Long died before he could be seated, and McSween, the choice of the Democratic State Central Committee, took the seat after all.

That same year, Chevalier released Billy Cannon, a rollicking tribute to LSU's only Heisman Trophy winner, Billy Cannon, who led the LSU Tigers to win the 1958 national championship. On Halloween Night, 1959, Cannon electrified a partisan LSU crowd and stunned the Ole Miss Rebels with a fourth-quarter, 89-yard punt return to give the Tigers a 7-3 victory.

Chevalier attended the game with Governor Long and while he was not really a football fan, he witnessed the pandemonium of the Tiger Stadium crowd after the touchdown and wrote the song that night. A record was released within days, adding to Cannon's already mythical reputation. Chevalier himself became a household word from Shreveport to New Orleans.

By 1962, he began performing an extended engagement at the Golden Nugget in Las VegasNevada. The next year he added a 19-year-old from Baton Rouge, Grace Broussard, to his show that already included Dale Houston. Dale & Grace had just recorded an old Don and Dewey Squires song, "I'm Leaving It Up to You". While Dale, Grace, and Chevalier were on tour, the song reached No. 1 nationally and sold two million copies.

In 1963, a homesick Chevalier recorded another regional hit, "Come Back to Louisiana". The song was revived when it was featured in the 1996 movie Blaze, in which Paul Newman played Earl Long. Chevalier was a consultant for the movie and played the role of Senator Paul Braden. "Come Back to Louisiana" was re-recorded in 2006 to encourage victims of Hurricane Katrina to return home to rebuild. The Louisiana State Legislature adopted "Come Back to Louisiana" as the third state song. The two others are "You Are My Sunshine" by former Governor Jimmie Davis and "Give Me Louisiana". Chevalier's office was flooded, and his home suffered tree damage during Hurricane Katrina. He re-introduced "Come Back to Louisiana" and sang it A cappella to the legislature.

In the 1970s, Chevalier returned to Louisiana from appearances in Las Vegas, to manage a number of political campaigns.

Chevalier is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in January 2003, and on December 7, 2008, he was named to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He was also designated ""Official State Troubadour" by an act of the Louisiana Legislature in 2006.

Chevalier Spanish-speaking wife Gisela Marina "Giselle" Chevalier (born September 1954) continued to reside in Kenner in Jefferson Parish in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana, where she teached driver's education and operate the J and G International Driving School.

Chevalier performed several times a year until he passed away in 2019.


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