Count Rockin' Sidney - Deedie Deedie Da
“Hey Count Rockin’ Sidney! How ‘bout singin’ Deedie Deedie Da one time fo’ us?”
The crowd shouts in agreement and the Count obliges.. The label says that the track was recorded live at the Casa Blanca in New Iberia, LA. I’m willing to bet that it’s “live” in the studio, but it doesn’t really matter in the end. Count Sidney and band are working a mixture of rock and soul (nuthin’ wrong with that now, is there?). The Count wails on vocals and combo organ, with the guitar, bass and drums reduced to a bass-y rumble underneath. The lack of clarity in the recording suggests a ready made for AM radio feel, that I’m sure sounded great rattling jukeboxes across Louisiana and eastern Texas. Though the lyrics are your basic slightly suggestive dance craze boilerplate, Count Sidney’s vocals are top notch, and the record has a great house party feel that ought to get the feet moving at your next ripple and potato chip party. As I said, Count Rockin’ Sidney went on to much success as a blues and zydeco artist, winning the 1985 Grammy for best Ethnic or Traditional Folk recording for ‘My Toot Toot’. Sadly, Sidney Simien passed away in 1998.