Personalities | Moon Mullican | Roots of Rock
(Piano, vocals, 1909–67)
Mullican was a versatile Texas pianist and vocalist who influenced Jerry Lee Lewis and others with pre-rock pounders like ‘Cherokee Boogie’ and western-swing gems like ‘Don’t Ever Take My Picture Down’, but was perhaps even more influential behind the scenes of his 30-year career. Widely acknowledged to be the co-writer of Hank Williams’ ‘Jambalaya’, Mullican summoned up many of that song’s Cajun references for his own highly stylized version of the traditional waltz, ‘Jolie Blon’.
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