64 Parishes

This Should Go On Forever

Bernard Jolivette (aka King Karl), a black Creole swamp pop musician, wrote this song in 1958 with Crowley record producer J. D. Miller. Jolivette hoped to release the song on the Excello label of Nashville, but was turned down. In the meantime, Rod Bernard heard Karl’s band perform the song at the local Moonlight Inn nightclub. When Bernard learned that Excello would not release the song, he asked Karl if he could record it for the Jin label, in Ville Platte, Louisiana. Later, Bernard’s version became a regional hit in south Louisiana and east Texas. Subsequently, it was licensed to the Argo label of Chicago, and rose to the top of the U.S. national charts in 1959.