Meaux, Huey P., 1929-

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Huey Meaux was born near Kaplan, Louisiana to Cajun parents who worked as sharecroppers. At age twelve he and his family moved to Winnie, Texas. In his twenties, he worked as a barber and then made the move to the music business. He hosted the Crazy Cajun radio program on KPFT-FM in Houston, began the Crazy Cajun record label and Sugar Hill Studios and became the biggest hitmaker in Texas and Louisiana. Artists whom he promoted and recorded include Freddie Fender, Lightnin' Hopkins, Ronnie Milsap, George Jones, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, T-Bone Walker and Jerry Lee Lewis.

From the description of Meaux, Huey, papers, 1940-1994. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 69135424

Raised in a shotgun shack on the prairie outside Kaplan, Louisiana, Huey P. Meaux (b. 1929) grew up speaking French and listening to his father play the accordion. About 1931, the family moved to a tiny Texas town called Winnie between Houston and Beaumont. After high school, Meaux served two years in Germany with the U. S. Army and entered Modern Barber College in Houston after his return to the states. Meaux had played music with his relatives and friends throughout his life and began producing while a hairdresser and hosting a radio show on Port Arthur's KPAC on which he took up the moniker "the Crazy Cajun." Meaux quickly became a power player in the Houston music scene and founded Sugar Hill Studio in 1971. During his career Meaux worked with a wide range of artists, including Joe Barry, Johnny Winter, Frog Man Henry, B. J. Thomas, Freddy Fender, Barbara Lynn, and Doug Sahm. Meaux's success also had a darker side, including drug abuse and several jail sentences as a convicted sex offender.

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McVicker, Steve. "Wasted Days, Wasted Lives (Part 1)." Houston Press, February 22, 1996.

From the guide to the Meaux, Huey P. Interview 87-68., 1987, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Raised in a shotgun shack on the prairie outside Kaplan, Louisiana, Huey P. Meaux (b. 1929) grew up speaking French and listening to his father play the accordion.

About 1931, the family moved to a tiny Texas town called Winnie between Houston and Beaumont. After high school, Meaux served two years in Germany with the U. S. Army and entered Modern Barber College in Houston after his return to the states. Meaux had played music with his relatives and friends throughout his life and began producing while a hairdresser and hosting a radio show on Port Arthur's KPAC on which he took up the moniker "the Crazy Cajun." Meaux quickly became a power player in the Houston music scene and founded Sugar Hill Studio in 1971. During his career Meaux worked with a wide range of artists, including Joe Barry, Johnny Winter, Frog Man Henry, B. J. Thomas, Freddy Fender, Barbara Lynn, and Doug Sahm. Meaux's success also had a darker side, including drug abuse and several jail sentences as a convicted sex offender.

From the description of Meaux, Huey P., Interview, 1987 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 772630781

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Sound recording industry--Texas--History--20th century
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