Belton Richard Interview

Belton was the most modern and the most locally famous I interviewed. My friend Hadley Castille went with me to his house in Lafayette because it helped to have someone who knew Belton to give me access to his house. Belton was sort of the Cajun Elvis and would draw a crowd anywhere he would perform. He wasn’t a big talker, but he had recorded so many beautiful old country songs in French, and he had a beautiful “croony” type voice. Cajun women were wild about him.

-Ann Savoy

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Interviewee: Belton Richard
Interviewer: Ann Savoy
Date: June 9, 1983
Location: Belton’s Home in Lafayette, LA
Language: English

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