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Boogie Kings



    The band formulated in Eunice, Louisiana in 1955 as teenagers first consisting members Doug Ardoin, Skip Morris, Bert Miller, Byron Launey, Norris Badeaux, Bryan Leger, and Harris Miller. As their popularity soared, the band became the first Caucasian band to perform music specifically recorded by black people. In the mid 1960s, the band expanded to include Ned Theall, a Cajun trumpeter from Abbeville, who became the group's leader. Because of Theall the band changed its style of music from swamp pop to a more blue-eyed sound of music.

In early 1965, the band released its first self-titled album on the Jin label and recorded at Floyd Soileau's studio in Ville Platte, Louisiana. During this time, the band was provided strong leadership from front man Clint West (Born "Clinton Joseph Guillory" August 11, 1938). West booked the Boogie Kings in venues outside the Evangeline Parish and Acadiana area. West's vocals on songs such as "Try Me" and "Big Blue Diamonds" provided enormous success for the Boogie Kings. Despite the overwhelming success brought on by the leadership of Clint West, the band separated from its front man (West). Clint West then led his own version of the Boogie Kings, "The Fabulous Kings." and has been honored with several Hall of Fame Honors for his musical talents.