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Clifton Chenier

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Born: 1925/06/25
Birth Place: Opelousas, Louisiana
Died: 1987/12/12
Years Active: 1954 - 1987
Genres: Zydeco, Cajun, Creole Music, R&B, Jazz, Blues

Clifton Chenier (June 25, 1925 - December 12, 1987), a Creole French-speaking native of Opelousas, Louisiana, was an eminent performer and recording artist of Zydeco, which arose from Cajun and Louisiana Creole music, with R&B, jazz, and blues influences. He played the accordion and won a Grammy Award in 1983. He also was recognized with a National Heritage Fellowship, and in 1989 was inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame.

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