John Delafose playing the accordion, from some time in the 1980s
|Birth name||John Delafose|
April 16, 1939|
Duralde, Louisiana, United States
|Died||September 17, 1994
Lawtell, Louisiana, United States
|Associated acts||Joe Walker, Fernest Arceneaux|
As a child, Delafose fashioned fiddles and guitars out of old boards and cigar boxes fitted with window-screen wire. He eventually took up the harmonica, and at the age of 18 learned the button accordion. However, he soon turned to farming, and did not pursue music as a career until the early 1970s. He began serving as an accordionist and harpist with a variety of local Zydeco bands.
Delafose began his career playing in the fais do-do of his area, a Cajun dance party. Later he gained public recognition with albums like Joe Pete Got Two Women (Arhoolie) and Blues Stay Away from Me (Rounder). In the mid-1970s he formed the band The Eunice Playboys, with which he played until his death in 1994. The band continues under the direction of his son Geno Delafose.
- "Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny". allmusic.com. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- "John I. Delafose - Find a Grave Memorial". findagrave.com. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- Herzhaft, Gérard: La gran enciclopedia del blues, Ed. RobinBook, Barcelona, 2003, ISBN 84-95601-82-6, p. 382 (Encyclopedia of the Blues, University of Arkansas Press)
- This article incorporates information from the corresponding article in the Spanish Wikipedia