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Dennis McGee

Dennis (Denus) McGee (born January 26, 1893, Eunice, Louisiana, USA – October 3, 1989) was one of the earliest recorded Cajun musicians.

A fiddle player, he recorded and performed with Creole accordionist and vocalist Amédé Ardoin, with accordionist Angelas LeJeune, and with fiddlers Sady Courville and Ernest Frugé. The recordings with Courville and Frugé are among the few surviving examples of Cajun music as it existed before the influence of the accordion became prominent.

McGee's repertoire included not only the waltz and the two-step common to Cajun music but also such dances as the one-step, polka, mazurka, reel, cotillion, the varsovienne, and others.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 26th, 1893, Died Mamou

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: violin, vocalist, songwriter, composer, tenor vocal

Notes: Name appears as Denus McGee on Bluebird disc labels and in U.S. Copyright Office records.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-83854 10-in. 8/8/1934 Les blues de voyages Amede Ardoin ; Denus McGee Male vocal solo, with violin and accordion instrumentalist, violin, songwriter  
Victor BVE-83855 10-in. 8/8/1934 La valse de amitiés Amede Ardoin ; Denus McGee Male vocal solo, with violin and accordion instrumentalist, violin, songwriter  
Victor BVE-83856 10-in. 8/8/1934 Les blues de Crowley Amede Ardoin ; Denus McGee Male vocal solo, with violin and accordion instrumentalist, violin, songwriter  
Victor BVE-83857 10-in. 8/8/1934 Oberlin Amede Ardoin ; Denus McGee Male vocal solo, with violin and accordion instrumentalist, violin, composer  
Victor BVE-83858 10-in. 8/8/1934 Sunset Amede Ardoin ; Denus McGee Male vocal solo, with violin and accordion instrumentalist, violin, composer  
Victor BVE-83859 10-in. 8/8/1934 Tout que reste c'est mon linge Amede Ardoin ; Denus McGee Male vocal solo, with violin and accordion instrumentalist, violin, songwriter  
Brunswick NO108 10-in. 3/5/1929 Madame Young, donnez moi votre plus jolie blonde Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO109 10-in. 3/5/1929 Mon chérie bébé Créole Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO110 10-in. 3/5/1929 Myself Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO111 10-in. 3/5/1929 Vous m’ avez donne votre parole Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO112 10-in. 3/5/1929 Allon a Tassone Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO113 10-in. 3/5/1929 Disez goodbye a votre mere Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO114 10-in. 3/5/1929 Courville and McGee waltz Sady Courville ; Dennis McGee Fiddle (violin) duet instrumentalist, violin  
Brunswick NO115 10-in. 3/5/1929 Happy Sady Courville ; Dennis McGee Fiddle (violin) duet instrumentalist, violin  
Brunswick NO234 10-in. 9/30/1929 Valse du puit d’huile Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO235 10-in. 9/30/1929 One step de Manou Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO236 10-in. 9/30/1929 Valse de la penitencier Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO237 10-in. 9/30/1929 One step de Chupic Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO248 10-in. 10/2/1929 Valse des vachers Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO249 10-in. 10/2/1929 Jeunes gens campagnard Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO250 10-in. 10/2/1929 La valse des Reid Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO251 10-in. 10/2/1929 Adieu Rosa Dennis McGee Male vocal solo, with 2 fiddles (violins) instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Brunswick NO6703 10-in. 11/19/1930 La valse de lange au paille Ernest Fruge ; Dennis McGee Fiddle (violin) duet, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, violin  
Brunswick NO6704 10-in. 11/19/1930 Two step du Grande Maraist Ernest Fruge ; Dennis McGee Fiddle (violin) duet, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, violin  
Brunswick NO6713 10-in. 11/19/1930 La rille Cajen Ernest Fruge ; Dennis McGee Fiddle (violin) duet, with calls instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McGee, Dennis," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105064.

McGee, Dennis. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105064.

"McGee, Dennis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105064

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