One of the top names in swamp pop has left the building. Rod Bernard passed away last week, according to his son Shane K. Bernard. The late first-generation rock n' roller was also a well-respected broadcaster in the Acadiana area, having worked in both radio and television.
In 1958 Bernard recorded and released his version of King Karl & Guitar Gable's "This Should Go On Forever." Rod's cover of the bluesy ballad became a Billboard hit and got him a spot on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Bernard helped define the swamp pop genre with other country-flavored r&b tunes like "Congratulations to You Darling," "Forgive Me," and his bilingual rock n' roll version of the Louisiana French standard, "Colinda." The singer and guitarist would later collaborate with the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, on the creole crossover classic, Boogie in Black and White.
I'm paying homage to Bernard on this edition of Lafayette Weekly. You'll hear all of his signature songs as well as a few undercuts, like his take on the Jimmy Donley penned "Lovin' Cajun Style," and the accordion-driven "My Babe." Also in the mix are brand new releases from Michot's Medley Makers, the Daiquiri Queens, and selections from an unearthed live performance by Warren Storm in 1957.
Live stream concerts and live music in Lafayette this week
Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30pm
Tradition Tuesday with Ryan Foret and the Foret Tradition
Thursday, July 23 at 8:00pm
Derrick Savoie Quartet
Friday, July 24
The Troubadours Ron Melancon and Chalan Thibodeaux
My Place Bar and Grill
Friday, July 24 at 8:00pm
Chynna and Brazos Huval