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Johnnie Allan Papers

Collection 314

Allan, Johnnie (1938-    ).  Papers, 1958-2012, n.d.

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Johnnie Allan was born on March 10, 1938 in Rayne, Louisiana.  Allan, a Cajun, grew up in a musical family, and at the age of six obtained his first guitar.  By the time he was thirteen he was playing with Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys, a traditional Cajun music band.  About two years later he switched to Lawrence Walker and the Wandering Aces, another traditional Cajun band. 

In 1956 he saw Elvis Presley perform live on the Louisiana hayride music program, and shortly afterwards Allan began to play rock and roll music.  In 1958, he left Walker to form the Krazy Kats, and in doing so helped to pioneer what became known as swamp pop music.  That same year he recorded “Lonely Days, Lonely Nights” for the Jin label in Ville Platte, Louisiana.  That song became a swamp pop classic.  He later recorded for Mercury Records and the Viking label of Crowley, Louisiana among others.  He returned to the Jin label in the early 1970s and went on to record many notable swamp pop tunes, including his version of Chuck Berry’s ”Promised Land” and Merle Haggard’s “Somewhere on Skid Row.”

Allan has performed in Europe well over a dozen times.  He also is the author of two music-related books, Memories:  A Pictorial History of South Louisiana Music (1988) and Born to be a Loser (1992) with Bernice Larson Webb, a biography of swamp pop musician Jimmy Donley.  He is a retired musician, educator, and author which now lives in Lafayette, Louisiana.

This collection consists of correspondence, and periodical articles, periodical issues, and ephemera on Johnnie Allan. All material in this collection has been scanned except for the correspondence. Digital copies are available with the collection.

The Cajun and Creole Music Collection has a complete collection of his recordings, and his collection of photographs of musicians. The Center for Louisiana Studies has scanned the photographs.

This collection was donated by Johnnie Allan.

Series:

A. Correspondence 1-01 through 1-51
B. Periodical Articles 1-52 through 2-23
C. Periodical Issues 3-01 through 4-12
D. Oversize Box 4

Inventory:

A. Correspondence
1-01   1964-1968
1-02   1974-1977
1-03   1978
1-04   1979
1-05   1980
1-06   1981
1-07   1982
1-08   1983
1-09   1984
1-10   1985:  January – June
1-11   1985:  July – December
1-12   1986:  January – June
1-13   1986:  July – December
1-14   1987:  January – June
1-15   1987:  July – December
1-16   1988:  January – April
1-17   1988:  May – August
1-18   1988:  September – December
1-19   1988:  January – June
1-20   1988:  July – December
1-21   1990
1-22   1991:  January – June
1-23   1991:  July – December
1-24   1992:  January – June
1-25   1992:  July – December
1-26   1993:  January - June
1-27   1993:  July – December
1-28   1994
1-29   1995:  January – April
1-30   1995:  May – August
1-31   1995:  September – December
1-32   1996: January – April
1-33   1996:  May – August
1-34   1996:  September – December
1-35   1997:  January – June
1-36   1997:  July – December
1-37   1998:  January – June
1-38   1998:  July – December
1-39   1999
1-40   2000
1-41   2001
1-42   2002
1-43   2003
1-44   2004
1-45   2005 – 2007
1-46   2008
1-47   2009
1-78   2010
1-49   2011-2012
1-50   n.d.
1-51   n.d.
     
B. Periodical Articles
1-52   1958
1-53   1959
1-54   1960
1-55   1961
1-56   1963
1-57   1964
1-58   1965
1-59   1970
1-60   1971
1-61   1973
1-62   1974
1-63   1975
1-64   1977
1-65   1978
1-66   1979
1-67   1980
1-68   1981
1-69   1982
1-70   1983
1-71   1984
1-72   1985
1-73   1986
1-74   1987
1-75   1988
1-76   1989
2-01   1990
2-02   1991
2-03   1992
2-04   1993
2-05   1994
2-06   1995
2-07   1996
2-08   1997
2-09   1998
2-10   1999
2-11   assorted dates
2-12   assorted dates
2-13   2000
2-14   2001
2-15   2002
2-16   2003
2-17   2004
2-18   2005
2-19   2006
2-20   2007
2-21   2008
2-22   2009
2-23   2010
2-24   2011, n.d.
     
C. Periodical issues with articles in which Johnnie Allan appeared
3-01   1970s
3-02   1980-1982
3-03   1983
3-04   1984
3-05   1985
3-06   1986
3-07   1987-1988
3-08   1989
3-09   1990
3-10   1991
3-11   1992
3-12   1993
3-13   1994
3-14   1995
3-15   1996
3-16   1997
3-17   1998
3-18   1999
4-01   2000
4-02   2001
4-03   2002
4-04   2003
4-05   2004
4-06   2005
4-07   2006
4-08   2007
4-09   2008
4-10   2009
4-11   2010
4-12   2010-2011
     
D. Oversize
Box 4 Local Talent ’89. A Calendar of Local Musicians.  Photographs by Rick Olivier. Copyright 1988
    New Orleans & Louisiana Calendars:  1989, 1990, 1992