In 2007 the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences recognized zydeco as an acknowledged music genre and established a new category for its Grammy awards—Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.Across Texas, especially in the southeast region, a number of festivals featured zydeco, including the Creole Heritage Zydeco & Crawfish Festival in Baytown in 2015. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.One black Creole who moved to Texas in 1947 and became part of the Frenchtown scene was Clifton Chenier (1925–1987), generally acknowledged today as the "King of Zydeco"—the musician most responsible for popularizing the music.
Zydeco is a type of music that evolved from an acoustic folk idiom known as la-la, dating back to the 1920s and unique to black Creoles originally from rural southwestern Louisiana.
In 1964 at the Gold Star Studio in Houston, Chenier recorded the classic song "Zydeco Sont Pas Salé," in which the producer abandoned the French phrase Since then, with Southwest Louisiana, Southeast Texas has remained a hotbed of zydeco culture—home to recording and touring artists such as Chenier, Wilfred Chevis, Step Rideau, Brian Terry, Cedric Watson, Corey Ledet, and The Zydeco Dots.
Contemporary zydeco has continued to evolve, incorporating progressive elements of various styles of popular music, especially including rock and hip-hop.
He first took up the organ and rhythm and blues, as part of Sam and the Untouchables, and funk and soul as bandleader of Buckwheat and The Hitchhikers.
The 15-piece band did well, traveling across the region and recording, but they broke up in the mid 1970s.