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Aldus Roger
Born: Feb 10, 1916 in Carencro, LA
Died: Apr 4, 1999
Biography
Aldus Roger was one of the most influential Cajun performers during the era when the musical genre was little known outside of the French Triangle in southwest Louisiana. The leader and frontman of the Lafayette Playboys Rogers reached his largest audience, in the 1950s and '60s, as host of a Saturday afternoon show on Lafayette's KLFY Channel 10. Many of his songs, including "Louisiana Waltz," "Perrodin Two-Step," and "Johnnie Can't Dance" have become Cajun classics. The son and cousin of accordion players, Roger began playing the squeezebox at the age of ten. He performed his first dance in 1937. The Lafayette Playboys, which Roger formed in the mid-'40s, featured many Cajun musicians who went on to influence the musical genre including Johnnie Allen, Rodney Miller, Fernice "Man" Abshire, Raymond Cormier, Belton Richard, and Doc Guidry. The band remained together until the 1970s. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi