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Zydeco is a form of folk music, originated in the beginning of the 20th century among the French-speaking Cajuns of Louisiana. It is dominated by the accordion and also includes horns[?] and the electric bass guitar. The music arose as a synthesis of more traditional Cajun music with R&B and blues. Armad Ardoin[?] made the first recordings of zydeco in 1928, and the music was finally brought to the fringes of the American mainstream in the mid-1950s, with the popularity of Clifton Chenier[?] and Boozoo Chavis[?]. Rockin' Sidney's surprise hit "My Toot Toot" launched a revival of zydeco in the mid-1980s.

The word "zydeco" comes from the bastardization of a song, "L'Haricots Sont Pas Sals".

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