July 11, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:04 pm

My dad used to play and sing this song during his regular kitchen concerts. So, the other day I was in the library looking through the CD collection, and I came across a CD by Van Morrison with Linda Gail Lewis, entitled “You Win Again.” At that moment, I recalled having listenined to an interview of Van Morrison (I believe by Imus) at which time Van said that his dad was a country music fan and that he (Van) grew up listening to country music. I immediately scarfed up the CD figuring that Van would kick ass and take names.

It’s a great CD, but Jambalaya simply knocked me out. There are many, many versions of the song (including a great one by Fats Domino), but this one grabbed me by the guts and wouldn’t let go.

I’m writing to the guys in the band to let them know that I want to do this tune in Colorado.

My dad sang the shit out of if, Van Morrison sang the shit out of it, and I plan on singing the shit out of it as well. That’s a promise. I picked up the guitar, and I think the key of A sounds about right.

Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou.



  1. Teresa Brewer did a damn good version, too.

    Comment by Jean — July 11, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

  2. look out fo da gators in dat bayou white boy……..

    Comment by Brian "Proud Air Force Vet" — July 11, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

  3. Oh no, I found another version and little Hunker Hayes may be able to teach you and the boys a little bit about Jambalaya


    Comment by Brian "Proud Air Force Vet" — July 11, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

  4. Cajun Jimbo…….This is also one of my favorite Cajun songs, Fats Domino was good,Hank williams was good, this version is good, Jerry Lee Lewis did it proud but Doug Kershaw the Ragin Cajun with his fiddle is the best of the best.

    Comment by dudley1 — July 12, 2011 @ 9:24 am

  5. jimbo If you play it in the key of G I’ll play it with ya……

    Comment by chef of da future — July 12, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

  6. My favorite version is by John Fogerty disguised as the Blue Ridge Rangers:


    Comment by Jerry in Texas — July 12, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

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