promised land

photograph by troy paiva.

A magnificent reworking of Chuck Berry\’s classic by South Louisiana\’s king of Acadia, Johnnie Allan. Cajun coupling with rock n\’ roll.

This was a huge hit in the UK on Oval Records, distributed by Virgin, in 1974, as a split single with Shelton Dunaway on the reverse. My friend, Gus, picked it up in a junk shop in Dundee that same year.

Originally recorded for Jin & Swallow Records in Ville Platte, Louisiana, at KLEB Radio Station in Golden Meadow, Louisiana. JIN 244. Accordion by Belton Richard. Produced by Floyd Soileau.

Stiff Records would re-release this one in 1978.

JOHNNIE ALLAN: THE PROMISED LAND from \”The Promised Land b/w Somewhere On Skid Row\” 45 (Jin & Swallow) 1971 (US) PURCHASE PROMISED LAND ON ACE RECORDS


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