Angélas LeJeune

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b. c. 1890, Louisiana, USA, d. USA. Active in the 20s, Cajun musician LeJeune played accordion with considerable skill. His virtuoso technique brought him first prize in Louisiana’s first statewide…
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b. c. 1890, Louisiana, USA, d. USA. Active in the 20s, Cajun musician LeJeune played accordion with considerable skill. His virtuoso technique brought him first prize in Louisiana’s first statewide accordion contest, which was sponsored by the Opelousas Herald in 1929. The newspaper reported that LeJeune was accompanied by fiddlers Dennis McGee and Ernest Frugé. The prize was $50 and LeJeune’s playing attracted the attention of a representative of OKeh Records and the day after the contest he and his accompanists went to New Orleans to make some records. Among other artists with whom LeJeune worked is fiddle player and maker Lionel LeLeux (b. 1912, Louisiana, USA, d. Louisiana, USA). Included in LeJeune’s repertoire were ‘Vielle Valse De La Louisiane’, ‘Bayou Pom Pom One Step’, ‘Perrodin Two Step’, ‘Le Petit One Step’, ‘La Valse De Pointe Noire’ and ‘La Fille De La Veuve’. The last named is generally better known as the popular ‘Ma Blonde Est Partie’.

LeJeune’s nephew, Iry LeJeune (b. 28 October 1928, Pointe Noir, Louisiana, USA, d. 8 October 1955, Eunice, Louisiana, USA) was also a respected Cajun accordionist who recorded in the 50s.