Harry Choates
Dessau Hall, Austin, TX


J.D. Miller and Abe Manuel talk with Chris Strachwitz about Harry Choates

(40:17) LISTEN HERE: J.D. Miller and Abe Manuel talk with Chris Strachwitz about Harry Choates

Interviewed by: Chris Strachwitz
Location: Louisiana

Record producer J.D. Miller and Cajun musician Abe Manuel talk with Chris Strachwitz about the legendary cajun fiddler Harry Choates.


This is an unedited interview originally recorded for research purposes. It is presented here in its raw state, unedited except to remove some irrelevant sections and blank spaces. All rights to the interview are reserved by the Arhoolie Foundation. Please do not use anything from this website without permission. info@arhoolie.org

Thanks to Wade Falcon with his help identifying the people and places in the photographs below.

Harry Choates, Johnnie Mea Smyrle (Manuel), Joe Manuel, Eddie Pursley, B.D. Williams at Speedy's Broken Mirror Club - Sulphur, LA

Amos Comeaux ("Como"), Junior Keelan, Harry Choates, Johnnie Ruth Smyrle (Manuel), Ronald Ray "Pee Wee" Lyons, unknown

Julius "Papa Cairo" Lamperez, Harry Choates, Joe Manuel, Eddie Pursley, Johnny Crain possibly at the Hollywood Club, Rayne, Louisiana, possibly December 1946

Harry Choates with his wife Helen

Helen & Harry Choates

Music Samples:

Harry Choates KWBU

Francis "Red" Fabacher, Ronald Ray "Pee Wee" Lyons, Johnnie Ruth Smyrle, Harry Choates, Amos Comeaux, Curly Maples at KWBU

Harry Choates death certificate


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