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Vin Bruce and Leroy Martin

March 7, 1986 OHC43 115 min.


Cajun music performer. Born April 25, 1932. One of the first Cajun musicians to gain national attention. Recorded for Columbia Records, 1951-1956. Recordings include “Dans la Louisianne.” Strong regional popularity 1960s-1990s. Released Carousel for Two, issued on the Louisiana Red record label, in 2000.

Interview Summary

1986 March 7
(1 hour, 55 minutes)
Vin Bruce and Leroy Martin discuss Bruce’s career as a Cajun musician. Discussion includes his childhood in Louisiana; early country music influences; early dances and dance halls; early recording sessions; singing at Hank Williams’s wedding; the impact of rock & roll on Bruce’s Music; his Grand Ole Opry and Louisiana Hayride appearances; Vin and Leroy working together; hiring Doc Guidry; recording the album Vin Bruce Sings; working in Canada; The Leroy Martin Show; and comments the influence of Cajun music.

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