Harry Choates

Also known as Choates, Hank Choates, Harry (Jole Blon) Choates And His Fiddle, Harry Choates & His Fiddle, Harry Chooates, Harry Coates And His Fiddle, Henry Choates

Profile of the performer Harry Choates: Harry Choates (b. December 26, 1922 in Rayne, Louisiana, USA - d. July 17, 1951 in Austin, Texas, USA) was a Cajun fiddler and songwriter.



Choates wrote one of the Cajun classics, "Jolie Blon" (which he wrote to his daughter Linda), and popularized such songs as "Allons A Lafayette". Being an alcoholic, he sold the rights to "Jolie Blon" for $100 and a bottle of whiskey. Due to his bad habits, he was blacklisted by the musicians' union in San Antonio.



In 1951, a judge found him in contempt of court and he was jailed, a situation where he ended after a divorce and not being able to pay support to his wife and daughter. After three days of being forced to kick his drinking habit, he started beating his head against the cell bars and fell into a coma. He died a few days later.

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# Release cover Release title Tracks amount Download release in mp3? Official release date Label of release
1 Harry Choates - Allons A Lafayette / Port Arthur Waltz Allons A Lafayette / Port Arthur Waltz 2 mp3, CD 1946 Gold Star (2)
2 His Original 1946-1949 Recordings 16 mp3, CD 1982 Arhoolie Records
3 Harry Choates - Gra Mamou (Big Mamou) / Catn' Around Gra Mamou (Big Mamou) / Catn' Around 2 mp3, CD Macy's Recordings
4 Jole Blon 10 mp3, CD D (2)
5 Five-Time Loser 14 mp3, CD 1990 Krazy Kat
6 Basile Waltz / Jole Blon 2 mp3, CD 1946 Gold Star (2)
7 Jole Blon / Dragging The Bow 2 mp3, CD D (2)
8 Harry Choates - Jole Blon / Basile Waltz Jole Blon / Basile Waltz 2 mp3, CD Modern Music (7)
9 Harry Choates - Poor Hobo Poor Hobo 2 mp3, CD 1959 D (2)
10 Harry Choates - Jole Blon Jole Blon 10 mp3, CD D (2)
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