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Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers

Easily the biggest zydeco star of the 1990s, Beau Jocque heralded the rise of the genre's new, urbanized style; infusing his high-octane sound with elements of rock, soul, hip-hop and even reggae, he bridged the gap between traditional Creole culture and contemporary music to create a funky, bass-heavy hybrid calculated for maximum mainstream appeal. Born Andrus Espre in Duralde, LA, in 1952, Jocque spent his early adult years working as an electrician, but in 1987 he suffered a serious back injury which left him paralyzed from the waist down for over a year; during his recovery period he picked up his father's Cajun accordion, but always bored by traditional zydeco, he set about updating the music more to his own contemporary tastes. Jocque and his wife Michelle then spent the next five years painstakingly researching zydeco clubs, discovering which kinds of songs earned the greatest response from patrons; at the same time he absorbed the music of Boozoo Chavis, drawn by his propulsive rhythms. Finally, in 1991, he formed the Zydeco Hi-Rollers; the band was an immediate smash in the New Orleans circuit, drawing huge audiences -- many of them new to the Creole dancehall scene -- captivated by their hard-edged rhythms and Jocque's primal, cavernous vocals. A friendly rivalry with Chavis also increased his notoriety, and in 1993, the Hi-Rollers debuted with Beau Jocque Boogie, one of the best-selling zydeco records of all time. Pick Up on This! followed in 1994, and a year later they released the explosive live effort Git It, Beau Jocque!, which featured the hit "Give Him Cornbread." Gonna Take You Downtown appeared in 1996, followed two years later by Check It Out, Lock It In, Crank It Up! Beau Jocque died of a heart attack on September 10, 1999; the concert album Give Him Cornbread, Live! arrived nearly a year later. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Best Of Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers

1. Give Him Cornbread

3. Gonna Take You Downtown

4. Going To The Country

5. Tighten Up

6. Damballah

8. Cisco kid

9. Yesterday

10. Knockin' On Heaven's Door

11. Richard's Club

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Track List: Give Him Cornbread, Live!

1. Introduction (Live)

2. Give Him Cornbread (Live)

3. Bad Bad Woman (Live)

4. Beau Jocque Boogie (Live)

5. Baby Please Don't Go (Live)

6. Grand Marais (Live)

7. Damballah (Live)

8. 'gardez Donc! (Live)

9. Brown Skin Woman (Live)

10. Nonc Adam (Live)

11. Boggie Chillen (Live)

12. I Went To The Dance Last Night (Live)

13. Do It All Night (Live)

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Track List: I'm Coming Home

1. Nursery Rhymes

2. Beau Jocque Makes You Jump

3. Puddy Cat

4. Zydeco Horse

5. Zydeco Slide

6. Zydeco Boogaloo

7. She Keeps Holding On

8. Lay Down

9. Zydeco Rock It

10. Hi-Roller's Zydeco

11. Hi-Rollers In Town

12. I'm Coming Home

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Track List: Zydeco Giant

1. I'm A Girl Watcher

2. Suzy Q

3. Morning Train

4. I'm So Tired Of You Doing Me Wrong

5. I'm A Lonely Boy

6. Pine Point Trail Ride

7. I Ain't Gonna Worry My Life No More

8. The Second Line

9. Hot Tamale Baby

10. That's My Car

11. Rock Me Baby

12. No Good Woman

13. Breezin'

14. No Good Woman (Papito's Bluff House Mix)

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Track List: Git It, Beau Jocque!

1. Motor Dude Special

2. Git It, Beau Jocque!

3. Beau Jocque Boogie

5. Beau Jocque Run

6. 0394413

8. Mister Charlie

10. This Night Is For You

11. Move Your Car

12. Yellow Moon

13. Give Him Cornbread

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Track List: My Name Is Beau Jocque

1. My Name Is Beau Jocque

2. Grand Marais Two Step

3. Pop That Coochie

4. That No Good Woman

6. Don't Sell That Monkey

7. Beau Jocque Two Step

8. When You Think About Me

9. Tee Toe Hot Step

10. Marann

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Track List: Beau Jocque Boogie

1. Richard's Club

2. Give Him Cornbread

3. Nonc Adam

4. Shelly Shelly

5. I Went To The Dance Last Night

6. Oh Bye Moreau

7. Damballah

8. Chere Allien

9. Baby Please Don't Go

10. Beau's Cajun Two Step

11. Brown Skin Woman

12. I Want To Take You Home

13. Beau's Mardi Gras

14. Beau Jocque Boogie

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Track List: Check It Out, Lock It In, Crank It Up!

1. Come Go With Me

2. Keep A Knockin'

4. Going To The Country

5. Why You Wanna Make Me Crazy?

6. Like A Pot Of Neckbones

7. She Wants To Sell My Monkey

8. Tighten Up

9. Check It Out, Lock It In

10. What You Gonna Do

11. Tequila

12. Hi Rollers Ya'll

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Track List: Gonna Take You Downtown

1. Gonna Take You Downtown

2. Cisco Kid

3. Alle Parti Pour Voi Beau Jocque

4. I'm On The Wonder

5. The Back Door

6. Boogie Woogie All Nite Long

7. It's So Easy When You're Breezin'

8. A Little Love Always Makes It Bettah

9. Just One Kiss

10. Knockin' On Heaven's Door

11. Kinder 2 Step

12. Make It Stank (Special Aromatic Dance Mix)

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Track List: Pick Up On This!

1. Give It To Me

2. Gardez Donci (Look At That)

3. Zydeco Boogie Woogie

4. Mardi Gras Blues

5. Comin' In

6. Don't Tell Your Mama

7. Yesterday

8. Do Right Sometime

9. Hucklebuck

10. Pick Up On This

11. Chere Mignonne (Dear Cute One)

12. Hi-Rollers Theme/Low Rider

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Lost him way too soon. Love ya Beau, you were the best.
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sherrakelly
I'm Loving Mardi Gras in Memphis,
But I'm missing Lalusianne !!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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lay back
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Wow crank it up
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Cuuuuukooooo !
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Amazing fusion mix
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aw7998
Been listening to Beau Jocque since I was young. Just love his music
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Oh Happy Happy Happy love the music, the Second Line for instance and the fun in the background.
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This was my BOY! Love this music and all the instruments!
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Now I want some gumbo
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Now that's the way to play the Accordion love it.
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We play in Mari gras theme on next month at camp
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Ive`been around this mmusic since I was a child and I love everything ABOUT. It!!!!!
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Just makes me want to dance!
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This music is bread for the soul!
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Saw Beau Jocque at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 1995 and was blown away. Bought Get it, Beau Jocque CD before I left town. Still play it...loud!
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Love all of this, especially Beau Jocque's voice.
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Love Dis One too
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Give me a Drink
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I Love Dis Music with all my Heart & Soul & Spirit .
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OMG I Like Cajan music
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Lay mo dee
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Young
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My Dee I Like dis music I am 70& 1/2 years
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I Like Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers . Charlie Joseph
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I am a coon a** i been their and Did DAT . I got all the good times to remember I went in 1972
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You will think you died and went to Heaven
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Zuloo parade
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Be their for Fat's Tuesday Febuary 17
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Great Entertainer when you see him in person :o))
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Amen!
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The Good LORD wants him playing for him now I bet he's rockin now. :o))
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Loved his GOLDEN TEETH and his golden sounds. Really great group loved his music from the start in Medford,Oreg o n . Gator Beat from Sonoma, Calif.
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awesp14
RIP cuz.beau jocgue Espree
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I remember the group called GATOR BEAT not in existence at least I don't think so?
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Sultry, sexy, and slightly funky just the way a guitar should sound every now and again. This is the first time I have heard Beau Jocque's music and it saddens me to learn about his passing. R.I.P You are and will be missed
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Beau Jocque
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I just
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He lived 4 houses down from me in kinder cornbread is all I got to say RIP big man
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gitgitgitgit g i t it !
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garzageorge4
Excellent entertainer and artist RIP from Lake Charles, la
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Tee toe hot step has to get you moving if not your dead!
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Could put on a show!!!RIP
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use to watch him play at all the zydeco clubs in south la.what an awesome talent! r.i.p. beau jacque!!!you are certainly missed
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Beau Jacque was a Great man….I like what was said in his Bio…that him and my grandfather BooZoo had a “friendly rivalry”…wha t a lot of people didn’t know..was that Beau Jacque and my grandfather were GREAT friends…
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I remember going to a dance in Port Arthur and they said that it was going to be “The Battle of the Bands” between Beau Jacque and my grandfather… M y grandfather and Beau Jacque would never battle…you just knew that on that night you was going to have a FUNKY good time and to be there early cause it was going to be packed…

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My legs hurt from bouncing around in my desk chair all day! Great stuff!
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I feel like I'm at Bud's Place down in the bayou!
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llajea
A GREAT LOST TO ZYDECO
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Seeing this man and his band was some of the best live music experiences I have had. New Orleans "Rock n Bowl" with Beau and Boozoo, will always keep a big smile in my heart!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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