New Jolie Blonde (New Pretty Blonde)

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"New Jolie Blonde (New Pretty Blonde)" is a 1947 song by Red Foley. The song was Foley's third number one on the Folk Juke Box chart, spending two weeks at number one and a total of sixteen weeks on the chart.[1]

The song is an old Cajun waltz, dating back at least to the 1920s. The first known recording on April 18, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, the Breaux Brothers recorded "Ma Blonde Est Partie".[2] The Hackberry Ramblers' 1935 "Jolie Blonde" was a regional hit and helped introduce the song to audiences outside Cajun country. Cajun fiddler Harry Choates rearranged the song as "New Jolie Blonde", had a top ten hit with it in 1946, and then sold the rights to Moon Mullican, who had a #2 country hit with the song ("New Pretty Blonde (Jole Blon) in 1947.[3] Roy Acuff had a #4 hit with another version, "Jole Blon". Billboard listed all three versions among the top 20 country/western songs of 1947 by sales.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 123. 
  2. ^ "Breaux Freres-Ma Blonde Est Partie (April 18, 1929)" www.archive.org
  3. ^ Cajunradio.org history of Jolie Blonde
  4. ^ Billboard, May 22, 1954, p. 19
Preceded by
"So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" by Merle Travis
Most Played Juke Box Folk Records number-one single
May 17, 1947
May 31, 1947
Succeeded by
"What Is Life Without Love" by Eddy Arnold
"Sugar Moon" by Bob Wills