Terrance Simien, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Terrance Simien
Terrance Simien

“I’m going to have to think hard on that. You know what? I think the first album that I ever bought was by Chuck Mangione. I think that was it.

“I had older brothers and sisters, so I didn’t really have to buy anything. I got a lot of records handed down to me, and the music that they liked, I was just following their lead.

“But I think Chuck Mangione was the first. At ten years old, I was playing the trumpet, and that was when he had his big hit song, ‘Feels So Good.’ I thought, ‘Man, that’s a great song. I’d better check it out and see what else is on that album.’ And everything else was just awesome.”

Grammy Award-winning super-soulful singer-accordionist Terrance Simien leads his band, the Zydeco Experience, into the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday (March 14) for an evening of high-energy evening of swamp-soaked Louisiana bayou blues and zydeco. Tickets are $20; $10 students.

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