Belton Richard

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Belton Richard
Born (1939-10-05)October 5, 1939[1]
Rayne, Louisiana
Died June 21, 2017(2017-06-21) (aged 77)
Genres Cajun, Swamp pop
Instruments Cajun accordion
Labels Swallow Records
Associated acts The Musical Aces

Belton Richard (October 5, 1939 – June 21, 2017[2]) was a Cajun accordionist. He was known for his baritone vocal range.[3]

Biography[edit]

Richard was born in Rayne, Louisiana in 1939. He began to play the accordion at age seven, and at 12 he started playing with 'Neg Halloway and the Rayne Playboys.[3][4] He founded The Musical Aces in 1959 after a stint playing rock and roll and swamp pop.[3] During his tenure, he released many popular songs, including "Un Autre Soir Ennuyant," "Pardon Waltz," and "Waltz of No Return." Another notable song is "Cajun Streak," an inspired translation of Ray Stevens' novelty hit.[1]

Legacy[edit]

The 1995 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles was dedicated to Richard.[3] Richard was inducted into the Cajun French Music Association's Hall of Fame in 1997, its inaugural year.[5] In 2003, he was inducted into the Acadian museum's 'Living Legends' list.[4] He also won the Cajun French Music Association's 'Male Vocalist of the Year' in 2004.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • I'm back (1995)
  • The Older The Wine, The Finer The Taste (2003)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Belton Richard - A brief history". Flat Town Music Company. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  2. ^ Fuselier, Herman (2017-06-21). "Cajun music legend Belton Richard dies". The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette). Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d David Simpson. "Belton Richard". Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Living Legends - Belton Richard". Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Cajun French Music Association - Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2011-03-18.