Talk:Jambalaya (On the Bayou)

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An infobox was requested at Wikipedia:WikiProject_Missing_encyclopedic_articles/List_of_notable_songs/8 for the Jo Stafford version of the song.

Added infobox for Jo Stafford and John Fogerty versions and removed from [[Wikipedia:WikiProject_Missing_encyclopedic_articles/List_of_notable_songs/8|list].Bonnie (talk) 23:20, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Authorship[edit]

Some sources (All Music Guide) claim that Moon Mullican co-wrote this song & received 50% of the royalties on the sly. Other sources I have read but cannot reference (was it the Chet Flippo biog?) said that Mullican wrote the whole song and that hitmaker Hank bought it from him, agreeing to a 50% royalty, but no credit. I have also read that Hank bought other songs.13:35, 11 February 2006 (UTC) previous comment by User:Design Design 13:38, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

Unsourced info[edit]

The following have been removed form the article until any sourcing can be supplied. — AjaxSmack 05:24, 2 November 2007 (UTC)


The origins of this song have long since been debated until recently when a historian in southwest Louisiana decided to delve a little deeper into who exactly the then country star was actually referring to named "Yvonne."

While Williams was an integral part of the Louisiana Hayride, he spent much of his off time in the community of Carlyss, located about ten miles south of Sulphur on Louisiana Highway 27, in a bar belonging to Yvonne Little, daughter of Pug Little, and a fisherman, crawfish and rice farmer at the time, he segmented off a small parcels of a larger working farm for each of his children.

After looking up some of the older, still living residents of the area, some remembered hot evenings spent there amidst the smoke, cold beer, occasional brawls and domino tables, and also did witness an interest between Yvonne Little and Hank Williams Sr. when he was able to make appearance from a then rigorous schedule.


What is the evidence that Adolfo Maldonado wrote Jambalaya?? As with all things concerning Hank Williams, one must start with the definitive biography by Colin Escot. On pp 196-197, there is a discussion of the authorship of Jambalaya crediting Williams and Mullican with the song's composition. Mullican received 50% royalties on the song surreptitiously because he was under contract to another music publisher at the time. Taking the royalties under the table prevented potential conflicts between this publisher and Rose-Acuff in Nashville, Williams' publisher and the publisher of Jambalaya.

About New Orleans?[edit]

Why is "Jambalaya" included in the category "Songs about New Orleans"? It's not about New Orleans at all. (I understand that some people mistakenly associate Cajuns and their culture with New Orleans, but in fact New Orleans is not part of Acadiana, the Cajun part of Louisiana.) --Skb8721 (talk) 17:35, 21 August 2008 (UTC)