Tony Thibodeaux

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Tony Thibodeaux
Birth nameAnthony Thibodeaux
Also known asTony Thibodeaux
Born(1938-06-02)2 June 1938
Origin Rayne, Louisiana
Died30 September 2010(2010-09-30) (aged 72)
Genres Cajun
Occupation(s)Musician, Ffdler
Instruments Fiddle
Associated actsThe Lafayette Playboys
Tony Thibodeaux and the Cajun Five

Antoine "Tony" Thibodeaux [1] (2 June 1938 – 30 September 2010) [1] [2] was a prominent Cajun fiddler born south of Rayne, Louisiana. His parents were Mary G. Thibodeaux and Nestor Thibodeaux.

Cajun music, an emblematic music of Louisiana played by the Cajuns, is rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Acadians of Canada. Cajun music is often mentioned in tandem with the Creole-based zydeco music, both of Acadiana origin, and both of which have influenced the other in many ways. These French Louisiana sounds have influenced American popular music for many decades, especially country music, and have influenced pop culture through mass media, such as television commercials.

Rayne, Louisiana City in Louisiana, United States

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Mr. Thibodeaux was a lifelong resident of Lafayette, Louisiana. He is best known as a musician, but also had a career as an insurance salesman with Evangeline, Security and Melancon Life Insurance. Mr. Thibodeaux also served in the U.S. Army National Guard. Thibodeaux started to play the violin at a young age, borrowing his brother Leon's. [2] In 1955, Thibodeaux joined the Lafayette Playboys and continued playing with them for over thirteen years, he also made multiple appearances on KLFY with the group. [3] By the 1960s, Tony's musical abilities became well-known and became more in demand he would often book gigs with noted accordion players and play the fiddle alongside them. His music career spanned over the course of fifty years. [4]

Lafayette, Louisiana City in Louisiana, United States

Lafayette is a city in and the parish seat of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, located along the Vermilion River in the southwestern part of the state. The city of Lafayette is the fourth-largest in the state, with a population of 126,143 according to 2018 U.S. Census estimates. It is the principal city of the Lafayette, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, with a 2015 estimated population of 490,488. The larger trade area or Combined Statistical Area of Lafayette-Opelousas-Morgan City CSA was 627,146 in 2015. Its nickname is The Hub City.


Thibodeaux held the "Fiddler of the Year" award from the Cajun French Music Association for the year 2003. He was also a member of the Cajun French Music Association Hall of Fame. [5]

The Cajun French Music Association is an association dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Cajun music and culture.

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  1. 1 2 "Musician Antoine "Tony" Thibodeaux Dies at 72". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  2. 1 2 Yule 2009, p. 314.
  3. Yule 2009, p. 315.
  4. "Obituary for Antoine "Tony" Thibodeaux at Melancon Funeral Home ~ Locally & Family Owned". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  5. "CFMA – The Cajun French Music Association – Dedicated To Promote & Preserve Cajun Music and Culture" . Retrieved 30 September 2010.
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