Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow

Vocals, Guitar, Accordian

Date of Birth:  February 27, 1911    Welsh, LA

Date of Death:  July24, 1986    Beaumont, TX

Place of Burial:  Live Oak Memorial Park

                          12563 W. Port Arthur Road

                          Beaumont, TX 77705

Has Marker:  Yes

Grave Location:  Section B

                           29° 57' 5" N / 94° 2' 30" W


Za Belle / Made Me Cry, Folk-Star (GF-1130)

No No Baby / I Feel Like Calling You, Folk-Star (GF-1199)

She's So Fine / Blues As You Like It, Macy's (5001)

Bon Ton Roula / In A Boogie Mood, Macy's (5002)

New Bon-Ton Roulay / Dreaming, Aladdin (45-3179)

Crawfishin' / Route 90, Flair (1021)

Purtie Little Doolie / Sundown, Goldband (G-1043)

Bon Ton Roula / Sound The Bell, Goldband (G-1065)

1951-58, Flyright Records ‎(FLY LP 586)

Clarence Garlow, La Cienega Records ‎(LACGA 701)

Clifton Chenier With Clarence Garlow, Louisiana Stomp, JSP Records (JSP4212)


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