Rockin' Dopsie

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Rockin' Dopsie
Srowned Prince.jpg
The cover for Rockin' Dopsie's 1986 Crowned Prince of Zydeco (Maison De Soul)
Background information
Birth name Alton Rubin
Born (1932-02-10)February 10, 1932
Died August 26, 1993(1993-08-26) (aged 61)
Genres Zydeco
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, singer
Instruments Accordion, vocals
Years active 1970–1992
Labels Sonet
Associated acts Rockin' Dopsie and the Twisters

Rockin' Dopsie (also known as Rockin' Dupsee) (February 10, 1932 – August 26, 1993) was born Alton Rubin in Carencro, Louisiana. He was a leading Zydeco musician and accordion player who enjoyed popular success first in Europe and later in the United States.[1]


Dopsie began performing professionally in the late 1940s in Lafayette, Louisiana.[1] His first language was Louisiana Creole French.

His debut album was issued by Sonet Records of Sweden and he recorded five albums for the label over the next few years. He toured Europe frequently, starting in 1979. His song "That Was Your Mother" with Paul Simon appeared on the Graceland album (1986). Dopsie later recorded with Bob Dylan and in 1992 appeared in the film Delta Heat.[1]

Death and legacy[edit]

Since Dopsie's death from heart failure in 1993, his band, The Twisters, continues to perform. Now led by his son Dopsie Jr. (accordionist, vocalist and washboard player), with another son Alton Jr., on drums, the band is called Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters.[2] Dopsie's younger son Dwayne also plays accordion and leads his own band, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers.[3]

Dopsie was related to professional tennis championship player Chanda Rubin.[citation needed]


"I'm the only man in the world that plays the accordion upside-down," Rockin' Dopsie said. "It's all because daddy didn't taught me how to play. I just picked it up."[4]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Doin' the Zydeco (1976, Sonet SNTF 718)
  • Zy De Blue – Rockin' Dopsie and the Twisters Play the Blues (1977, Sonet SNTF 761)
  • Rockin' Dopsie & The Twisters (1977, Rounder 6012, licensed from Sonet)
  • Rockin' Dupsee (The Legendary Jay Miller Sessions Vol. 30) (1983, Flyright 592, recorded 1970–74)
  • Crowned Prince of Zydeco (1986, Maison De Soul 1020)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Sandra Brennan. "Rockin' Dopsie | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Rockin' Dopsie Jr & The Zydeco Twisters". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  4. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues – From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 160. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.