Here is another great Cajun musician of our time, D.L. Menard, who has been playing Cajun music for 64 years now. Wow 64 years or since the age of 16.

D.L. Menard was born Doris Leon "D.L." Menard  in Erath, Louisiana in 1932 and was an only child. In his bio it says that D.L. was part of a Cajun farming family which a lot of Cajuns from that era were.  It also says that one of his biggest influences in music was Hank Williams who D.L. met in 1951.

I went searching for a video of D.L. and found this one of him playing only just three years ago at the Breaux Bridge crawfish festival in 2009. He still has it so check out the video of him singing his famous song "The Back Door".Some of you may not know that D.L. Menard's recording of  "The Back Door" sold a staggering 500,000 copies in 1962 alone and is still to this day the most played song in Cajun music and most recorded song by other bands in Cajun music.

Here is D.L. Menard performing it live!

 

 

Isn't that awesome!  In 2009, D.L. Menard was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame along with Cajun music greats Jo-El Sonnier, Doug Kershaw and Jimmy C.Newman.  Wow now that's some company huh?

D.L. has also been nominated for a Grammy twice in his career in 2003 and just two years ago in 2010.  A true Cajun Music legend Mr. D.L. Menard!