Dennis McGee on PBS's American Patchwork
|Born||January 26, 1893|
|Died||October 3, 1989(aged 96)|
|Occupations||Musician, fiddler, barber|
Dennis (Denus) McGee (born January 26, 1893, Eunice, Louisiana, USA – October 3, 1989) was one of the earliest recorded Cajun musicians.
A fiddle player, he recorded and performed with Creole accordionist and vocalist Amédé Ardoin, with accordionist Angelas LeJeune, and with fiddlers Sady Courville and Ernest Frugé. The recordings with Courville and Frugé are among the few surviving examples of Cajun music as it existed before the influence of the accordion became prominent.
Dennis McGee was the son of John McGee, Sr. who was of Irish ancestry and Amelia, of French and Seminole Indian ancestry. Amelia died when Dennis was two years old. He received his first violin at the age of 14, and started playing dances within 6 months.
In the 1970s and 80s, McGee continued to perform with Sady Courville at festivals and special concerts and recorded for various American and French labels including Morningstar, Cinq Planetes, Swallow, and Music of the World.
- Chère Mama Creole (My Sweet Creole Mama, Vocalion 5319)
- Madame Young, Give Me Your Sweetest (aka Colinda, Vocalion 5319)
- Courville and McGee Waltz (Vocalion 5315)
- Happy One Step (Vocalion 5315)
- Jeunes Gens Compagnard (Jeune Gens de la Campagne, Vocalion 15848)
- Adieu Rosa (Vocalion 15840)
McGee had three wives: Nita Rozas (1910–1911), Marie Young (after 1912), and Gladys Courville (1925). He stayed married to his final wife until she died in 1990. One of his sons, Gerry McGee, is a member of The Ventures.
- J’ai Été Au Bal (documentary film) 1989 Brazos Films/Arhoolie Records, El Cerrito CA
- "Dennis McGee" at AllMusic.com
- "Dennis McGee" at CajunCulture.com
- "Recording Activity in New Orleans in the 'Twenties". Retrieved 2010-04-27.
- Brasseaux, Ryan A.; Fontenot, Kevin S., eds. (2006-10-15). Accordions, Fiddles, Two Step & Swing: A Cajun Music Reader. University of Louisiana at Lafayette. ISBN 978-1-887366-71-7.
- Ancelet, Barry; Morgan, Elemore; Rinzler, Ralph (1999). Musiciens Cadiens et Créoles (2nd ed.). University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-57806-170-9.