A love story that began in December..."the sweethearts of the Blues", Carol Fran and Clarence Hollimon were one of the most traveled and often recorded husband and wife duos in Blues history. Hollimon considered one of the greatest guitar players in his musical genre and Carol, a fiery chanteuse and piano player with a string of hit singles became even more powerful when they teamed up together on stage. "Gristle" and "Blabs" as they were affectionately known set stages afire with their musical prowess only matched by their special bond as husband and wife. So special the couple shared birthdays only a day apart.
Carol's rendition of "Crying in the Chapel" is simply beautiful and in my opinion the best version of this love song. Her version, covered prior to Elvis', was positioned to make great headway but was stalled shortly after his release. This project was our effort to not only bring her song back to the forefront but to share the "Golden Girl's" love story.
This release was only made possible by the sheer love and support of people who shared a deep affection for Miss Carol. I was deeply moved at the selfless contributions to make this song possible, some while going through their own personal battles. These incredible musicians, "Pop" Lee Allen Zeno, Jill Butler Merkl, Steve Adams, Chad Fouquier and Joshua Lazo or "one take wonders" as I like to call them brought the song back to life and created a magic that I had never seen before.
The actors in the video below added spice to the story and truly helped bring the song to life. Director JD Mosley created a piece of art and I am excited to share his masterpiece today. The cast of talented creatives includes Tweedy Francis, Destine Broussard, Alena Fields Savoy, Brandon Foster, Monique Broussard Francis and "Pastor Mosley." They created such a beautiful scene and are extremely talented individuals. Tweedy actually wears a jacket of Mr Clarence and has a connection tot he family that was not revealed until the making of this video. I felt the actors could not have been more perfect to bring this vision to life!
It took four months to make this gumbo but I believe it was well worth the care and time these people put in to help retell the story of a beautiful couple. We enjoyed sitting with Miss Carol as she shared her music adventures and I will be releasing some of that footage as well very soon.
All proceeds from the streams or sales of this song will go to Miss Carol to help offset some of her personal expenses. Please support our homegrown "gem" and Lafayette star in any way you can! PLEASE LIKE, SHARE, SUBSCRIBE & PASS ALONG THE SONG/VIDEO. We love her and hope you enjoy our tribute and interpretation of her classic song.
For the moment you all have been waiting (and patiently reading), I hope you enjoy the video. "Crying in the Chapel" A Tribute to Miss Carol Fran