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luis_acostaLuis Acosta

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: May 19, 1974
Language: English

Instrument maker, A&R man in San Antonio in the 1930s.

Folkways Records founder Moses Asch in his office. Photo by Diana Davies, Courtesy Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution. All Rights Reserved. Moses Asch

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date:
Language: English

Moses Asch (1905-1986) founder of Asch Records, Disc Records, & Folkways Records.

 Andrés BerlangaAndrés Berlanga

Interviewed by: Chris Strachwitz
Date: 1974
Location: San Antonio, TX
Language: English
Guitar & bajo sexto player, singer, songwriter. Started recording in 1934.

5635-026-copyBongo Joe (George Coleman) 

Interviewed by Larry Skoog and Chris Strachwitz
Location: San Antonio, TX
Language: English

Eccentric, unique, oil-drum pounding San Antonio street musician Bongo Joe is not very talkative in this brief interview. However, he does reveal a few glimpses into his creative personality.

36---Clifton-ChenierClifton Chenier

Along with Helen Faulk

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: October 1978
Location: Berkeley, CA
Language: English

The King of Zydeco from a radio interview with Chris Strachwitz in 1978

KC-DouglasK.C. Douglas

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Location: Oakland, CA
Language: English

A Mississippian whose country blues style helped form the postwar Oakland/West Coast blues scene.

Joe Falcon

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: August 1962
Location: Crowley, Louisiana
Language: English

Cajun music pioneer and accordionist who recorded “Allons a Lafayette,” the very first Cajun record, in 1928. His wife, Cleoma Falcon, also played on that record.

Frank Louis Fouce

Interviewed by: Chris Strachwitz
Date: early 1990’s
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Language: English

In this fascinating interview Mr. Fouce gives a real insiders look at the Spanish language music business in Los Angeles, going back to the 1930’s, He talks about bringing entertainers to his theaters, and  especially about  Lydia Mendoza and her family.

Lalo Guerrero ca 1990

Lalo Guerrero

Two Interview with legendary singer, song writer, performer, Lalo Guerrero
Interviewed By: Manuel Peña
Date: September 8, 1989
Language: Spanish and English

Interviewed By: Manuel Peña

Date:
May 27, 1994

Location: Fresno, CA
Language: Mostly English some Spanish

Hackberry_Ramblers-lo-res-copyright-c.s.Hackberry Ramblers

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Language: English

Luderin Darbone, Edwin Duhon, and James “Glen” Croker were members of pioneering Cajun group the Hackberry Ramblers, which played an original and marvelous blend of Cajun and Western Swing.

Little Joe and brother Johnny y La Familia – late 1970’s. (courtesy the Manual Peña photo archive))

Little Joe Hernandez

Two interviews:
Interviewed by Manuel Peña
Date: November 23, 1991
Language: English

Interviewed by Manuel Peña
Date: May 6, 1993
Language: English

The leading band in a culturally powerful Chicano musical style known as “La Onda Chicana,” La Familia became an emblem of a Chicano musical sensibility, especially with his introduction of a thoroughly bimusical polca-ranchera style that synthesized a Mexican, ranchero sound with a distinctly jazz-oriented one.

Adolph Hofner

Interviewed by: Chris Strachwitz
Location:
Language:English
Tex-Czech Western Swing Band leader.

Earl Hooker

Earl Hooker

Interviewed by: Chris Strachwitz
Location: Chicago, Il
Language: English

Howlin'_WolfHowlin’ Wolf

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: April 20, 1967
Language: English

Chester Arthur Burnett (aka Howlin’ Wolf) was a legendary Chicago blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, originally from Mississippi.

 

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Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date:1973
Language: English

Few artists in conjunto and Tejano music have received the level of critical acclaim Flaco Jimenéz has enjoyed in a career that has spanned six decades.

Johnie Lewis

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: 1971
Location: Chicago
Language: English

John Littlejohn (John Wesley Funchess)

Interviewed By: Chris Strachwitz
Date: 1968
Location:Chicago
Language: English

Fred & Rose MaddoxFred and Rose Maddox

Interviewed By: Bob Smith & Chris Strachwitz
Date: 1987
Location: Modesto, California
Language: English

I had about 10 pounds in my sack and I sat down and just started thinking….”Fred what are you doing back there?” I said, “I’m thinking.” “What are you thinking?” I said, “I’m thinking let’s go into the music business.” – Fred
The Maddox Brothers and Rose “America’s Most Colorful Hillbilly Band”.

jeJ.E. Mainer

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: Fall 1962
Language: English

One of the great mountain fiddlers, J.E. Mainer was a fine singer and entertainer. J.E. gained his initial fame in the mid-1930s with his brother Wade but continued to play music his entire life.

D.L. Menard

D.L. Menard

Interviewed by: Chris Strachwitz, Maureen Gosling, Les Blank.
Date: C 1988
Location: Louisiana
Language: English

D.L. Menard talks about Cajun Music, meeting Hank Williams, song writing, traveling the world, and making chairs.

armando_marroquin-smArmando Marroquin

Interviewed by Manuel Peña
Date: January 31, 1980
Language: Spanish

Founder of pioneering Tejano label Ideal Records.

Paul OliverPaul Oliver

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: September 9, 1970
Location: Berkeley, California
Language: English

Influential writer and blues historian.

Sunny Ozuna

Interviewed by Manuel Peña
Date: March 3, 1980
Location: San Antonio, TX
Language: English

Joe-Patek_closeJoe Patek

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Location: Shiner, TX
Language: English

Bandleader of one of the best-known Texas Czech polka bands.

Moise Robin in 1980 photo by Chris Strachwitz - All Rights Reserved
Moise Robin

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Location: Louisiana
Language: English

Pioneer Cajun accordion player. Recorded in 1929 with Leo Soileau.

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Eddie Shuler

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Language: English

Musician, owner Goldband Records

Sonny Simmons, Barbara Donald, and Juma Sultan

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: March 1969
Language: English

Sonny Simmons is a pioneer in avant-garde jazz. Some of his most important and groundbreaking recordings were done with his wife, trumpet player Barbara Donald.

Stample-Singers-1The Staple Singers (Roebuck, Mavis and Yvonne)

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz and Barbara Dane
Date: August 3, 1963
Language: English
Location: California Hotel, Oakland, CA

Roebuck, Mavis, and Yvonne Staples talk about their early influences, the beginnings of their performing careers, racial discrimination, and choice of material; and demonstrate working up a song.

Marcellus Thomas

Interviewed By: Chris Strachwitz
Date:  March 1961
Location: Language: English

The Arhoolie Foundation does not have a photo of Blues man Marcellus Thomas but here’s a scan of one side of the only 78 he ever made.

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Big Mama Thornton

Interviewed By: Chris Strachwitz
Language: English

Legendary blues singer. Made the first recording of Hound Dog

T-Bone Walker with his mother Movelia Jimerson

Interviewed By: Chris Strachwitz
Date:  August 31, 1961:
Language: English

Mercy Dee WaltonMercy Dee Walton

Interviewed by: Chris Strachwitz

Language: English

Big Joe Williams

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: 1960
Location: Chris Strachwitz’s house, Los Gatos, CA
Language: English

Joe Lee “Big Joe” Williams was an immensely influential country blues musician famous for his emotional singing, the distinctive sound of his 9 string guitar, and his composition “Baby Please Don’t Go.”