Johnny rebel anthem

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I picked up an old record by Johnny Rebel. It is an extremely racist record.

Johnny rebel anthem

Can you give me some background on the artist? In the s, C. Trahan a. Johnny Rebelwas a young Cajun with a Johnny rebel anthem. Now, in the world of hatecore and white power music, he's a living legend. Trahan says there's nothing to his story. He just recorded some songs, made some money and went on to other things. Seeing him on the street in Crowley, year-old Trahan doesn't appear out of the ordinary: short, balding, dressed in jeans and a short-sleeve, button-down shirt.

He launched his career in music like many others do: starting as a young Cajun man with a guitar, singing covers of tunes such as Rocket Morgan's "Tag Along. Then, in the late s, Trahan began to record and release music for the late Jay "J. Trahan was now going by a new name: Johnny Rebel. Some of his songs became local jukebox favorites, but they didn't receive radio play. After releasing 12 sides, Johnny Rebel's career went on hold.

Trahan continued to play country music under a name he'd rather not divulge. He wrote dozens of songs for other musicians, and is credited as a writer on Jimmy C. For years, he showed up to play at occasional benefits, and that's all. But Johnny Rebel's career is far from over. His work as Rebel has earned him the offer of an honorary membership in the Ku Klux Klan, an interview by Howard Stern, and the status as a cult figure among white power supporters.

Fans around the world now consider Johnny Rebel a forefather of "hatecore" music. To them, Johnny Rebel is the stuff of legends. Trahan says he doesn't regret anything he has ever said or sang. He keeps his anonymity, he says, to protect his business and his family. He refuses to be photographed or perform in public as Johnny Rebel, and he's never given an interview about Johnny Rebel as C. Trahan -- until now. Trahan was born in Moss Bluff La. After his parents divorced, he moved with his mother to Crowley La. There, he could be found either on the baseball diamond or with his ears cupped to a radio, listening to singers such as Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.

It wasn't much, but C. He was a little older before he could afford a Gretsch guitar. About the same time, his mother purchased their first television set. That television and the Grand Ole Opry became his only guitar teachers. Trahan graduated high school in and started hanging around Miller's studio. At the time, some of the biggest names in blues, rhythm and blues, Cajun and rockabilly were laying down tracks for Miller and going on to bigger stardom, thanks to a deal Miller had with Excello Records.

Drumming ace Warren Storm's "Prisoner's Song" sold a quarter of a million copies. Through their mothers, Trahan and Miller were kin, but had never really crossed paths until Miller heard a young Trahan singing and playing atop a float. During the next few years, Miller groomed the boy and Johnny rebel anthem him with his music and songwriting. Miller had Trahan cut a few country tracks under the name Tommy Todd, but they never went anywhere. But Miller was able to pique the interest of Johnny rebel anthem new record company called Todd Records, and soon Trahan was heading for Nashville.

You know I felt about like this. Trahan recalls that he cut four sides for Todd Records and started palling around with Murray Nash, who wrote songs for George Morgan -- the father of country artist Lori Morgan. Nash was helping him around Nashville and showing him the ropes, when he invited him to his house for dinner. On the menu was steak. I sat there and said, 'Oh, I am just not hungry.

Trahan recalls that he and Nash would go out and hear artists such as Jimmy C. Trahan says he also got to meet Johnny rebel anthem and film star Ferlin Husky. But from the beginning, Todd Records barely limped along. It died in -- and with it, Trahan's chances in Nashville were through. He married and got a job in Mississippi as a shipyard inspector. He also returned home to Johnny rebel anthem out the happenings at Miller's studio, where things were changing a bit. It was the mids, and his old mentor had begun experimenting with a new genre: segregationist music.

No historic clashes of the civil rights era occurred in southwest Louisiana, Johnny rebel anthem tensions simmered just the same. In the mids, South Louisiana Institute now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette had integrated several black students without major incident.

Johnny rebel anthem

Efforts to integrate children in Johnny rebel anthem area's elementary and high schools met with greater resistance. When the first day of school for the school year rolled around, St. Landry Parish parents protested by keeping more than 8, kids -- one-third of the school population -- out of school.

To avoid violence between blacks and whites, the courthouse removed the flag completely. Later that year, segregationist George Wallace ran for president and received 50 percent of the Cajun Johnny rebel anthem, compared to 13 percent nationally. President," reportedly sold more thancopies.

The song mocked President Lyndon B. Johnson's civil rights programs, with Happy Fats complaining that his white coon dog won't hunt with his black bird dog, and finally asking, Johnny rebel anthem I get an injunction to make them hunt together?

His lyrics stopped short of promoting violence against blacks. When Trahan returned to the studio, Miller asked him to him on his new venture. Well, hell, we did it! I did it All the songs I wrote were my complete ideas. My ideas, when I got them done, I brought them to him, and he said, 'Let's put them down. Miller came up with the name Johnny Rebel in the studio. Later, Miller would tell writer John Broven that some of the African-American musicians that hung around his studio sat in on the Reb Rebel sessions, but Trahan says that his bands were all white.

Trahan followed with five more 45s, each with a B-side, bringing the complete Johnny Rebel catalog to 12 songs. His subjects: the laziness of blacks. How blacks and whites were meant to be kept separate. How a black would lose a spelling bee to a donkey. The other was critical of foreign aid. According to the album notes, the songs "express the feeling, anxiety, confusion and problems of many of our people during the political transformation of our way of life.

s differ on how many people heard these songs. It's likely that most African Americans didn't hear them at all. But she says she knows where it came from. The guy who owned the place would maybe carry a few copies to resell, because of the demand and that they couldn't find them just anywhere. They were sort of an underground trade.

For his part, Trahan says that he did it for the money. Hell, I made a few bucks off of it. Miller thought along the same lines, Trahan says. I don't know if he had a statement to make then, but at that time he was recording a lot of blacks. Most of his artists were blacks. I was big buddies with these guys.

Johnny rebel anthem

Lightning Slim, I even used his car one time to go on a date! That's how much blacks bothered me. As far as being friends, eating dinner with a guy, as long as he don't have a runny nose or something, I'll eat with him.

Johnny rebel anthem

Trahan insists he didn't set out to spread hate or start trouble. Black don't rub off.

Johnny rebel anthem

There's not a black in this country that has to be black. There's not a white that has to be white.

Johnny rebel anthem

They just came here like that. They were born that way, but they didn't develop the damn attitude. Whites didn't develop that attitude. Blacks develop an attitude towards the whites, and they won't let it go.

Johnny rebel anthem

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