On June 22, 2002, The Jambalaya Cajun Band paid tribute to the music of the late Aldus
Roger and the Lafayette Playboy's by featuring guest musician Phillip Alleman, one main
vocalists for this legendary group. Alleman, who is a supervisor in the City of Eunice
Transportation Department, played with the Lafayette Playboys for 25 years.
According to a biographical sketch published when Alleman was honored at the
Rayne Frog Festival in 2001, he was born in Rayne in 1940. He began performing at the age
of nine and first went on stage with the Lafayette Playboys at the age of 11, first on
guitar, then on drums, and then, at age 15, on steel guitar. While with the Lafayette
Playboys, he wrote the lyrics to "The Last Waltz" and "I'll Be
The Lafayette Playboys were one of the most popular dance hall bands
in South Louisiana, frequently playing seven nights a week at places like the Welcome Club
in Crowley, the Reno Club in Kaplan, the Midway Club in Breaux Bridge, and the Country
Club and Bon Temp Rouler in Lafayette. The Playboys also performed on KLFY's Saturday
afternoon television music show from 1955 until 1970.
Raymond E. François in Yé Yaille, Chère! provides music
and lyrics to a number of songs on which Alleman handled the vocals: "Diga Ding Ding
Dong," "KLFY Waltz," "Valse de Port Arthur," "Wafus
Two-Step," "Je m'ennuie pas de toi," "Lafayette Playboys' Waltz,"
"Lovesick Waltz," "Une autre chance," "O.S.T. Special,"
"Attention c'est mon coeur qui va casser," "Valse à Alida,"
Alleman stopped playing when his wife died in 1978, but he resumed
in 1990, performing with Aldus Roger again, with the late Blackie Forestier, and with
Donald Thibodeaux and Cajun Fever, and the Louisiana Cajun Heat Band.
As the photographs on this page show, Terry Huval and The Jambalaya
Cajun Band not only managed to recreate the sounds of the Lafayette Playboys but also
dressed the part. Accordionist Reggie Matte even put on the same kind of glasses worn by
Phillip Alleman is shown on steel guitar in the top photo. Terry
Huval is on fiddle, and Reggie Matte, with his Aldus Roger glasses, is shown on accordion.