Wayne Toups

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Wayne Toups
Wayne Toups singing into the microphone and playing the accordion.
Wayne Toups and ZydeCajun at 2008 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles.
Background information
Born (1958-10-02) October 2, 1958 (age 61)
Origin Crowley, Louisiana, USA
Genres Cajun, zydeco, folk, Americana
Occupation(s) Musician, Accordionist, Singer
Instruments Accordion
Years active 1985–present
Labels Mercury Records[1] Swallow, BTM, Shanachie, Sonet, Valcour Records
Associated acts Wayne Toups and ZydeCajun, Carole King, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Hall, Tab Benoit, Marcia Ball
Website http://waynetoups.com

Wayne Toups (born October 2, 1958, Crowley, Louisiana) is one of the most commercially successful American Cajun singers.[2] He is also a songwriter. Wayne Toups has been granted numerous awards and honors throughout his career including 2010 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles dedicated in his name, Offbeat Magazine Album of the Year recipient. Member of The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Gulf Coast Hall of Fame, and Cajun French Music Hall of Fame, 55th Annual Grammy Award winner.[citation needed]


Wayne Toups was born into a family of rice farmers in Crowley, Louisiana. He first picked up an accordion when he was 13 and quickly began winning local accordion contests. He has combined Cajun music, zydeco, R&B, and rock into a genre he calls Zydecajun. He sings in both English and Cajun.[3]

Toups released his first album, Wayne Toups and the Crowley Aces in Europe in the late 1970s.[4] He began gaining popularity in the United States around 1984 when he began performing at local festivals such as the Festivals Acadiens in Lafayette, Louisiana. In 1986 he released his first album, Zydecajun. The Cajun French Music Association's awarded him their "Song of the Year" Award in 1991 for his song "Late in Life." Three of his songs, including wedding favorite "Take My Hand", were featured in the movie Dirty Rice,[3] and some of his work is also featured on the soundtracks for the movie Steel Magnolias and the television show "Broken Badges".[5] He has recorded for the major record labels Mercury/Polygram[2] and Mercury. His 1995 release, Back to the Bayou became the fastest-selling record ever for the independent Louisiana label Swallow Records.[4]

Toups has been featured playing the accordion on singles for many country music stars. He appears on the Mark Chesnutt #1 hit, "It Sure Is Monday"; on Clay Walker's "Live Laugh Love"; and on Alan Jackson's "Little Bitty". He played with Sammy Kershaw, George Jones, Mark Wills, Garth Brooks, and Ty England.[6]

Toups is often known for wearing bright outfits during his performances.[3] He has toured in over twenty-six countries,[2] including in South America, Canada, Europe and the Far East.[4] He has appeared on MTV and on the 1990 Super Bowl telecast.[6] [7]



Year Single US Album
1979 "Cajun Paradise" Sonet
1986 Zydecajun Mercury
1988 Johnnie Can't Dance
1989 Blast from the Bayou 183
1991 Fish Out of Water
1992 Down Home Live! MTE
1995 Back to the Bayou Swallow
1997 Toups New Blues
1998 More Than Just a Little BTM
1999 The Best of Wayne Toups New Blues
2000 Little Wooden Box Shanachie
2004 Whoever Said It Was Easy
2005 Reflections of the Past D&R
2008 The Essential Wayne Toups New Blues
2009 Wayne Toups Live 2009 Swallow
2012 The Band Courtbouillon Valcour


Year Single US Country Album
1999 "Free Me" 66 More Than Just a Little

See also


  1. "Wayne Toups Is Back To His Roots". September 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Wayne Toups". Encyclopedia of Cajun Culture. November 8, 2000. Archived from the original on 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2007-02-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Simpson, David (January 5, 2003). "Wayne Toups and Zydecajun". Louisiana State University at Eunice. Retrieved 2007-02-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Wayne Toups". Museum of the Gulf Coast. Retrieved 2007-02-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Winter, Rose of Sharon. "Wayne Toups:Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-02-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Living Legends: Wayne Toups". The Acadian Museum in Erath, Louisiana. Retrieved 2007-02-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Wayne Toups - The Zydecajun". Retrieved 2010-07-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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