A talented drummer
, Warren Storm
is a pioneer of the musical genre known as swamp pop
, a combination of rhythm and blues
, country and western
, and Cajun music
and black Creole music
Background and career
Born Warren Schexnider on February 18, 1937, in Abbeville, Louisiana
, Storm learned to play drums and guitar from his father, a Cajun musician, and in the early 1950s Storm began to perform publicly with Larry Brasso and the Rhythmaires.
Around this time he befriended fellow Abbeville musician Bobby Charles
, and the two would travel to New Orleans
to hear black rhythm and blues artists in the local nightclubs. These visits to New Orleans greatly influenced Storm's musical tastes and his own drumming style. Storm cites New Orleans rhythm and blues
musician Charlie "Hungry" Williams as a major drumming influence.
In 1956 Storm founded his own rhythm and blues/early rock and roll
group, and in 1958 he began recording for Crowley, Louisiana
, record producer J. D. "Jay" Miller
. Miller convinced Nasco records of Nashville
to release a 45 RPM record
of Storm's version of the old country composition "Prisoner's Song"; the flip side was "Mama Mama Mama (Look What Your Little Boy's Done)." The release broke into the Billboard Hot 100
and both songs became lifelong standards for Storm.
Over the following years Storm recorded swamp pop music for numerous labels, including Rocko, Zynn, Top Rank, and Dot
. In the early 1960s he... Read More