64 Parishes



A playlist to keep your spirits up

Published: April 1, 2020
Last Updated: January 3, 2022


Photo by Michael P. Smith ©The Historic New Orleans Collection

Dr. John with The Meters, April 22, 1974.

Louisiana has faced its fair share of disasters. The coronavirus pandemic is different, though; now, we can’t take comfort and draw strength from being together at family gatherings, bars, restaurants, concerts, clubs, and festivals to enjoy the music that defines the state and its history. To help bridge the gap until we can listen together again, here’s an hour (plus a little lagniappe) of classic tunes from all over Louisiana, from Fats Domino and Ernie K-Doe in New Orleans to Jerry Lee Lewis in Ferriday, Slim Harpo in Baton Rouge, Cookie and the Cupcakes in Lake Charles, Clifton Chenier in Lafayette, and more. We’ve set it the Quarantunes Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

Happy listening.


The Meters, “Cissy Strut”

Dave Bartholomew, “Shrimp & Gumbo”

Eddie Bo, “Check Your Bucket”

Dr. John, “Let’s Make a Better World”

Chris Kenner, “Something You Got”

Fats Domino, “My Girl Josephine”

Jessie Hill, “Ooh Poo Pah Doo,” Parts I and II

Ernie K-Doe, “A Certain Girl”

Barbara George, “I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)”

Irma Thomas, “(You Ain’t) Hittin’ On Nothing”

Allen Toussaint, “Country John”

Chris Kenner, “Land of 1,000 Dances”

Ernie K-Doe, “Here Come the Girls”

Earl King, “Trick Bag”

Jerry Lee Lewis, “High School Confidential”

Irma Thomas, “I Done Got Over”

Slim Harpo, “Te Ni Nee Ni Nu”

Clifton Chenier, “Hot Rod”

Jerry Lee Lewis, “Lewis Boogie”

Fats Domino, “The Fat Man”

Bobby Charles, “Grow Too Old”

Cookie & the Cupcakes, “Mathilda”

Dr. John, “Such a Night”

Allen Toussaint, “Southern Nights”

 Alison Fensterstock is a music writer and regular contributor to 64 Parishes, serving as guest editor for the Fall 2018 music issue.