February 14, 2007
Reported by: Evan Johnson
American R&B, zydeco, and soul musician, Rockin' Sidney was born in Lebeau, Louisiana as Sidney Semien in 1938, while in his teens, Rockin' Sidney began playing multiple instruments professionally and made his first R&B-styled recording.
In 1982, Sidney recorded his first true zydeco record, "Give Me a Good Time Woman". Two years later, he released "My Zydeco Shoes Got the Zydeco Blues", which included the track "My Toot Toot". This song became a local jukebox hit, and soon regional radio stations began playing it regularly. This single became a grass-root smash, selling over one million copies and even winning a grammy award.
Rockin' Sidney remained one of zydeco's most notable artists, establishing his own record label, and touring regularly until his death in 1998.