Essential Collection

Rod Bernard

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Essential Collection Review

by Al Campbell

For a brief moment in the early '60s, Louisiana swamp pop singer Rod Bernard's tune "This Should Go on Forever" was so enormous that he was featured on American Bandstand, the only artist from that specific geographic region, playing that style of music, to ever appear on that TV show. Trivia aside, Bernard's R&B/Cajun hybrid still holds up and is revisited on this 22-track Essential Collection, and includes two New Orleans R&B standards from the pen of Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino, "Good Hearted Man," and "Don't Blame It On Me," the traditional Cajun tunes "Colinda" and "Big Mamou," and Bernard's biggest hits "Just One More Chance" and "This Should Go on Forever."

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