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June 21st – remembering great Cajun-interpreter Jimmy C. Newman (Aug.29, 1927 – June 21, 2014) 86. Born near Big Mamou, Louisiana, Newmans recording career began in the late 40s before joining Dot in the early 50s and scoring several country/honky-tonk hits before his main focus shifted to Cajun music in the mid/late 50s. Newman and his great Cajun Country band helped popularize the genre to new audiences worldwide. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 57 years, and was one of the last surviving greats from what many regard as “The Golden Age Of Country” from the mid 50s to early 60s.
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