Category Archives: oral history

Dale Hawkins (and the Lewis sisters) – La-Do-Dada – Song of the Day

Dale Hawkins and the Lewis Sisters on the Louisiana Hayride

Above: The Lewis Sisters- Rose, left, and Margaret, right, with Dale Hawkins on stage at the Louisiana Hayride.

“In April 1957 Margaret Lewis won 2nd prize at a talent show in Plainview, sponsored by Johnny Horton, the prize being a guest appearance at the Louisiana Hayride at Shreveport. There, Johnny and Tilman Franks introduced her to local businesswoman Mira Smith, who had her own studio and played guitar with young local cats like James Burton. An aspiring songwriter, she took Margaret under her wing, sending her out on the road with local star Dale Hawkins. Margaret and her sister Rose ended up doing backing vocals for some of Dale`s Checker sessions in Chicago, singing on Baby Baby, Mrs Merguitory’s Daughter, La-Do-Da -Da, Superman and most memorably of all the awesome Little Pig. Later she sang on the equally awesome Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby by Dale.”

Phil Davies from Black Cat Rockabilly Europe

Two of Dale Hawkins Checker sides where the Lewis Sisters are on backup vocals are today’s song of the day -the dreamy La-Do-Dada and the R&B drenched Ain’t that Loving You Babe.

Margaret Lewis will recount her time with Dale Hawkins with music writer Michael Hurtt this Tuesday July 17th, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the Old US Mint in New Orleans at the Heroes of Louisiana Music series at the Mint.

Dale Hawkins – La-Do-Dada

Dale Hawkins – Ain’t That Loving You Baby

Unsung Heroes of the New Orleans Studio Scene

Today, in New Orleans’ Jackson Square, Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews and others are performing on a giant stage in front of hundreds of thousands of Saints fans and untold numbers of TV viewers. Tomorrow, on Friday September 10th, just steps away, three musical giants of New Orleans will be celebrated in the Cabildo in front … Continue reading Unsung Heroes of the New Orleans Studio Scene

3rd Annual Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference Schedule & Artists

General Information for 2010 Music History Conference: The Conference takes place Friday September 24th and Saturday September 25th, at the Louisiana State Museum’s historic Cabildo in Jackson Square. An array of iconic musicians will be interviewed at the conference including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees: Duane Eddy, Ronnie Spector, and Dave Bartholomew. See … Continue reading 3rd Annual Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference Schedule & Artists

Unsung Heroes: Secret History of Louisiana Rock N’ Roll Exhibit at Jazzfest

“Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock n’Roll” is a much-belated celebration of the state’s formidable contribution to American music. The exhibit showcases, for the first time, the rich – and largely unknown – musical history of Louisiana’s blues, R&B, soul, rockabilly, swamp pop and garage artists, who played a significant role in shaping … Continue reading Unsung Heroes: Secret History of Louisiana Rock N’ Roll Exhibit at Jazzfest

From the Ponderosa Stomp Oral History Project: Joe Clay

  “That hillbilly music was so slow. It was music that was putting me to sleep. I had no clue what rockabilly was. It was just something that I felt, so that’s what I did.” – C.J. Cheramie, a.k.a. Joe Clay Dr. Ike and I visited rockabilly wild man Joe Clay, a Rockabilly Hall of … Continue reading From the Ponderosa Stomp Oral History Project: Joe Clay