Making reconnections on Tuesday were many who listened and others who provided it as the Swamp Pop Museum opened in Ville Platte.
The legendary Johnnie Allan hailed those of his era on hand for the opening. “I always knew if we lived long enough, we’d end up in a museum someday,” he said.
Among the giants attending were Tommy McLain, V.J. Boulet, Jerry Raines, Kenny Tibbs, Willie T, Nel Nelson, Earl Taylor, Charles Veillon, Jivin Gene, Alvin Dugas and Jay Randall.
The museum is located in the city’s old train depot.
Swamp Pop has outsold Cajun and Zydeco music nationally with more than 20 Billboard Hot 100 songs, five Top 10 songs and three Number One songs.
Sharon Fontenot, museum board member and cheerleader for the museum, gave a brief history of the creation of the museum and thanked all those who had a hand in making the Swamp Pop Museum a reality, including her fellow board members: Mike Perron, Curley Dossman, Sharon Fontenot, Donna Veillon, Dr.Jerry Veillon and Leonard Fontenot.
Some of the displays in the museum include a telling of Swamp Pop’s history along an entire wall, clothing worn by some of the Swamp Pop legends during their performances, records, awards and many other items.