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Rockin' Dopsie: The James Brown of Zydeco
Rockin' Dopsie was an American zydeco singer and accordion player who enjoyed popular success first in Europe and later in the United States. He was born Alton Jay Rubin in Carencro, Louisiana, in 1932, and learned to play the accordion upside down because he was left-handed. He took his stage name from a visiting dancer called Doopsie, and pronounced his own name the same way.
Dopsie played music for dancing, assimilating R&B influences into zydeco and sometimes covering R&B hits in a zydeco style. He performed around Louisiana, and recorded occasionally for small independent labels in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1976 he appeared at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and was signed by the Swedish record label Sonet, who issued his first album, Doin' The Zydeco, in 1976. Starting in 1979, he toured Europe regularly with his group, the Twisters, and his popularity there led to him recording a string of albums for Sonet in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Dopsie was considered the ultimate entertainer, bringing a high energy stage show that led to him being called the James Brown of Zydeco. He was also known for his colorful outfits and his trademark red shoes. He collaborated with other artists such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, and John Fogerty. He also performed at the White House for President George H. W. Bush in 1992.
Dopsie died of a heart attack in 1993 at the age of 61. He was survived by his wife Janice and his eight children, four of whom followed him into music. His son Rockin' Dopsie Jr. continues to lead the Zydeco Twisters and carry on his father's legacy.
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Rockin' Dopsie, 61, A Master of Zydeco With His Own Style
Rockin' Dopsie was one of the most important practitioners of the lilting, infectious Cajun-Creole dance music known as zydeco. He was influenced by the music of Clifton Chenier, the King of Zydeco, but developed his own style that blended traditional zydeco with R&B, soul, and rock and roll. He played the accordion with virtuosity and charisma, and sang in both English and Louisiana Creole French. He was also a master of the rubboard or washboard, a percussion instrument that is essential to zydeco music.
Dopsie's music was appreciated by audiences around the world, especially in Europe, where he was hailed as a cultural ambassador of Louisiana. He received several awards and honors for his contributions to zydeco music, including the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, the Zydeco Hall of Fame, and the Big Easy Lifetime Achievement Award. He also inspired many younger musicians to follow his footsteps and keep zydeco music alive.
Rockin' Dopsie left behind a rich musical legacy that can be enjoyed by generations to come. His albums include Doin' The Zydeco (1976), Saturday Night Zydeco (1979), Rockin' Zydeco Party! (1981), Crowned Prince of Zydeco (1986), Louisiana Music (1988), and Zy-De-Co-In' (1990). His music can also be heard on several compilations and soundtracks, such as The Big Easy (1987), Rhythm Country and Blues (1994), and Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities (2015). aa16f39245