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Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Band ‎– Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Band Play The Zydeco - 1976 (Rare Zydeco Vinyl)

Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Band ‎– Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Band Play The Zydeco - 1976 (Rare Zydeco Vinyl)

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Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Band ‎– Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Band Play The Zydeco - 1976 (Rare  Zydeco Vinyl)

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Queen Ida & her Bon Temps Zydeco Band concert ticket, 1993

Born Ida Lee Lewis to a musical family of rice farmers in Lake Charles, Louisiana, her family were Louisiana Creole people and her first language is French.[1] Her family moved to Beaumont, Texas, when she was ten and eight years later moved to San Francisco, California. While her mother was an accordion player, women were not expected to play in public, and Queen Ida learned mostly from her brother Al Lewis, later known as Al Rapone. After marrying she raised her children and worked as a bus driver but occasionally sat in with her brother's Zydeco band, also cooking Louisiana cuisine for the band members. She was dubbed "Queen Ida" after being chosen queen of a Mardi Gras celebration.[1][2][3] A year after her first appearance on stage Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Band signed with the record label GNP/Crescendo, and her first record "Play the Zydeco" demonstrated her style combining Zydeco with a Tex Mex sound.[3]

Queen Ida and her band played at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1976 and 1988, and the San Francisco Blues Festival in 1975, 1978, and 1991.[citation needed] In 1988, Queen Ida toured Japan, becoming the first zydeco artist to do so. She toured Africa the following year and in 1990 went to Australia and New Zealand.[citation needed]

On the album Back on the Bayou (1999), Queen Ida got together on the bayou in Louisiana with her brother, Al Rapone, for a zydeco reunion.[citation needed] Rapone often wrote and produced for her and formed the Bon Temps Zydeco Band, which later became Queen Ida's backup group.[citation needed] Doubling up on accordions with her oldest son Myrick "Freeze" Guillory, they are joined by Terry Buddingh on bass, James Santiago on guitar, Bernard Anderson on saxophone, Erik Nielsen on drums, and her youngest daughter Ledra Guillory and son Ron "The Rock" Guillory on rub board and vocals.[citation needed] As "Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band," the ensemble was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on November 23, 1985, with Paul Reubens as host.

Queen Ida also co-authored a cookbookCookin' with Queen Ida in 1990, which featured Creole recipes.[citation needed]

Queen Ida continued to perform live through the 2000s, and though she did not release any albums during this period, she has joined her son Myrick and his band onstage. She officially retired from playing in 2010 and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she enjoys cooking for her friends and family.

She is a recipient of a 2009 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States' highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.

Sleeve Condition (Out of 10) ~9 slight age wear 
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10 
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10) 
side # 1 / side # 2 - 10
BIN # 1

LabelGNP Crescendo ‎– GNPS 2101
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album 


A1 Rosa Majeur 2:23
A2 Oh' Teres 2:28
A3 Je Vas Revenir 3:31
A4 Creole De Lake Charles 2:53
A5 Lucille Kanai 2:39
B1 Le Mazuka 2:41
B2 Hey Negress 2:50
B3 Moi Reine Creole 3:21
B4 The Cherry Tree Song 2:49
B5 Tayo Zydeco 2:40
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