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Tommy McLain

With his gutsy blend of rockabilly and Cajun music, Tommy McLain helped to lay the foundation of Louisiana's swamp pop tradition. The writer of more than 150, McLain is best known as the writer of Freddy Fender's hit, "If You Don't Love Me Alone (Leave Me Alone)," and the performer of a swamp pop version of "Sweet Dreams" that sold more than three million copies in 1966. In addition to being twice inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame, McLain was inducted into the rock & roll hall of fame in Sweden. McLain has had a career-long involvement with country singer Clint West. In the late '50s, they were both members of Red Smiley's Vel-Tones and moved together to the Boogie Kings in the mid-'60s. In 1965, McLain and West recorded a duet single, "Try to Find Another Man." A native of the small central Louisiana city of Jonesville, McLain began playing guitar at the age of five. He soon added piano, keyboards, drums, bass, fiddle, and bagpipe. A former DJ at KREH in Oakdale, LA, McLain toured with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars and Where the Action Is in the 1960s. He also appeared in the film The Drowning Man starring Paul Newman. McLain continues to perform with his group, Tommy McLain and the Mule Train Band. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Swamp Pop Music Vol. 2

1. Together We Drifted Apart

2. Jukebox Songs

3. Roses Don't Grow Here Anymore

4. Sweet Dreams

5. If You Don't Love Me

6. I Can't Go On

7. Plus Tax

8. Louisiana People

9. They All Call Me Daddy

10. Parlevous Francaise

11. Jigger Man (Moody Man Mac)

12. Circus Ways

13. Singin' To Beat The Band

14. That's Good Enough For Me

15. My Ol' Lady Left Me

16. You Take Me Back To Magazines

17. Warrior

18. It's Not Fun Anymore

19. Bonie Maronie

20. I'll Take The Chance

21. Scarlet Ribbons

22. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me

23. Stay A While, Drink My Life Away

24. Jigger Man (Moody Man Mac)[Alternate Version]

25. Carefree Moments

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Track List: Swamp Pop Music Volume 1

1. Lose The Blues (Moody Man Mac)

2. Singing To Beat The Band

3. My Ol' Lady Left Me

4. It's Not Fun Anymore

5. Another Town Another Train

6. I Don't Love You Since You Walked Out On Me

7. Come Back To Me Babe (It's Raining In Natchez)

8. New York City Dreams

9. That's Good Enough For Me

10. Warrior

11. Cold Cold Heart

12. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

13. After Loving You

14. I'm Glad For Your Sake

15. Think It Over

16. Barefootin'

17. I'd Be A Legend

18. Dick Tracy

19. Just Teasing You

20. Knock Knock

21. Only A Hobo (One More Is Gone)

22. Mary Go Round

23. You Don't Love Me Too

24. Baby Jesus

25. Sometimes

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Track List: Voices Of Americana: The Cajun Rod Stewart

1. Intro

2. Take It Easy

3. Red Red Wine

4. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)

5. The Last Thing On My Mind

6. Rockin' Robin

7. Let It Be Me

8. I Can't Help Myself

9. The Long And Winding Road

10. Rose Garden

11. Sea Of Love

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Track List: Essential Collection

1. Sweet Dreams

2. Before I Grow Too Old

3. Think It Over

4. Barefootin'

5. I Can't Take It No More

6. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

8. Together Again

9. When A Man Loves A Woman

10. After Loving You

12. Just Because

13. I'd Be A Legend In My Time

14. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)

15. My Heart Remembers

16. Tender Years

17. I Need You So

18. Am I That Easy To Forget

19. Sticks & Stones

20. Cold Cold Heart

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Track List: Sweet Dreams

1. Sweet Dreams

2. Before I Grow Too Old

3. Think It Over

4. Barefootin'

5. I Can't Take It No More

6. Try To Find Another Man

7. When A Man Loves A Woman

8. After Loving You

10. Just Because

11. I'd Be A Legend In My Time

12. Together Again

14. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)

15. Sticks And Stones

16. My Heart Remembers

18. I Need You So

19. Am I That Easy To Forget

20. Tender Years

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joeann340
Tommy McLain is the very. Best. In his field of music thank the good lord he where we see him and carol a lot he is the greatest. Wow. God bless you tommy
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I like this song, but I sure do Love the version by" The Cruisers " now that one is a jam!!!!
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See him around Alexandria la
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Great version of sweet dreams
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Used to go see him at the Fox Fire Lounge in Monroe all the time. One great singer.
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Still listen.
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Yes he is great singer.
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rosaliegk2
very smooth with an appealling voice
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You have got to be kidding?

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