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Jambalaya was written and recorded by Hank Williams on MGM Records (MGM 11283) in 1952. His recording hit the top of Billboard’s country chart and #23 on the Best-Selling Singles chart. Jo Stafford’s recording (Columbia 39838) peaked at #3. Both records sold over a million copies. Jambalaya (subtitled On The Bayou) has been recorded by many artists over the years. Even Fats Domino (Imperial 5796) charted (#30) with the song in 1962.


Elvis sang Jambalaya at a concert in Louisiana in May or June 1975. The city was either Monroe, Lake Charles or Shreveport.


1. Jambalaya, a-crawfish pie and-a file gumbo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.

1. (repeat)

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on Southern Nights »


- Southern Nights (2006) – FTD »


Bootleg Releases:

- Eternal Elvis – no record label (1978)

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