Rockin' Sidney !
Rockin' Sidney Simien was born into a sharecropper's family in the tiny farming community of Lebeau, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. He was a veteran Cajun-Zydeco musician who played almost every style of music, from the Caribbean beat to blues.
Although his success is based upon his identity within the Zydeco music community, Sidney did not start out playing the accordion or seeking fame as a Zydeco artist.
He sort of stumbled into it in the mid 1970s, having tried his hand at swamp pop and the blues. Heavily influenced by local legends like Slim Harpo and Cookie & the Cupcakes, Sidney made his first R&B-styled recordings on the Louisiana record labels Fame and Jin during the late 1950s. He was often backed by George Lewis on harmonica and Katie Webster on piano. Rockin’ Sidney also recorded on Rod Records.
Donning a turban, he came to Goldband in 1965 as the "Count Rockin' Sidney," and continued to record R&B and soul numbers including "Something Working Baby" and "Soul Christmas" with his band "The Dukes."
In the mid-seventies, Rockin' Sidney began working on Clifton Chenier-style zydeco songs on the piano accordion. His 30-year music career took off in 1985 with "Don't Mess With My Toot-Toot," a song he had penned ten years earlier. "Toot-Toot" brought Rockin' Sidney a Grammy nomination, and sold over a million copies.
Anyway, enjoy those classic early Jin Singles !
* I Would If I Could *
* Past Bedtime *
* It Really Is A Hurtin' Thing *