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I'm A Hog For You

In late August 1978, the bus of Clifton Chenier and the Louisiana Red Hot Band pulled in to Montreal, Canada, to play a weeklong gig at the Rising Sun, a funky upstairs temple of black music situated downtown on Ste. Catherine Street. It was their first visit and from opening night the club was packed. By the last set Sunday night, the faithful had been rewarded for their devotion and the curious were enlightened about zydeco. With Clifton’s permission, the Rising Sun’s owner and booker Rouè Doudou Boicel recorded the band on a two-track reel to reel tape recorder. Doudou later said: “I was very impressed by his personality. He was a good man, very positive. During his performances, he would forget the passage of time, and one show could last for two or three hours non-stop.”