Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cahoots - Legend of the Parlangua


Because the lyrics of the Legend of the Parlangua deal with the theme of the Louisiana Swamps, many people think it was recorded by a Cajun band. However, it was actually recorded by a Colorado based band.

Cahoots was a house band in Aurora Colorado in the mid-eighties. They played at a historic country music club called 4 Seasons. The band was fronted by Lloyd Barnett, an talented songwriter and performer. His wife Annie backed him on vocals and did lead on several songs.


The Cahoots band was comprised of Lloyd Barnett (bass, vocals and wrote most of the songs), Ann Marie Barnette (his wife and singer), Willy Angel (lead guitar), Mac Eisensohn (drums), Vaughn Meyer (keyboards) and a few others. The group broke up after recording the Legend of the Parlangua.

Many people confuse this band with other similarly named groups. This is not the group named IN CAHOOTS based in England. Also, it is not the Cajun band named The Cahoots. (Legend of the Parlangua song was released in the 1983. The cajun band "Cahoots" didn't get together until 1997.)

22 comments:

  1. Do they have a DVD of the song?

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    1. Not sure about a DVD, but The Colfax Museum has a copy of the 45 rpm record.

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  2. I live in Louisiana. My understanding years ago was that the band Cahoots that originally cut the record, never released the record at all with the exception of the promotional 45's that were distributed to the radio stations. Have you ever heard that story?

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    1. We lived next door to the lead singer and he gave us a copy of the album. It is a great memory of my childhood. I wore that record out listening to it over and over. I wish I still had it.

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    2. I was a bartender at the 4 seasons. When Cahoots first cut the 45 I got several copies and sent to my mother who had friends at a few radio station in Winnsboro and my sisternlaw worked for KNOE in Monroe I know copies were given there. Sadly when they recorded the song they had recently lost their fiddle player, her fiddle really made a awesome song exceptional. When her fiddle was replaced with another guitar the song didn't have the same impact. Still an awesome song and Lloyd was an amazing song writer and his wide had an amazing voice

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    3. I looked online until I found Lloyd and the address where he lives. I thought about writing to him just to say hi and let him know that many people remember him and his song. I've looked and looked for the 45 or the album with no success yet. I've also looked for photographs I could copy or buy, memorabilia, etc of the Four Season - again no luck. But I haven't given up.

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    4. Saddly Lloyd passed away this week. I am a niece of his.

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    5. So sad to hear of this. I was a big Cahoots groupie. My condolences to the family!

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    6. So sad to hear about Lloyd. I too was a regular at the four seasons listening to them. What great memories. To the bartender that replied ,what was in the pantydroppers you used to serve there?

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    7. I worked with Lloyd in Nashville ( can’t remember where). . He autographed a 45 for me dated 5-18-2013. He wrote “ I call you a friend “! I’m a musician also . We were working some temp job . He was a nice man . Just found the 45 last night.❤️😉

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    8. I used to enjoy listening and watching Lloyd and Ann Marie and their band when I was in the Army. I used to see them regularly in Colorado Springs. '75-'78. They were a great band. I cannot remember the name of the club. It was visible from I-25 between Colorado Springs and Fountain.

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  3. The Band released a Vinyl LP of 10 songs in 1983 titled "In Cahoots". It Included Legend of the Parlangua, Dark Eyes, Rundown Love and 7 other popular songs from performances. I used to go see them at the Four Seasons - great Band.

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  4. The Cahoots was a really great band. I used to go to the Four Seasons every weekend to go dancing and lesson to their band. Lots of great memmories.

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  5. For 12 years I lived across the street from the four seasons while Cahoots was the house band.
    The recording of the parlingua without the fiddle player is very inferior to the song live with the fiddle in the old four seasons.
    The band was remarkable. Loyd was the only male vocalist I ever heard that could do justice to any Marty Robins song. Annie could make the hair stand up on the back of your neck just like Patsy Cline.
    Wish I could sit there and listen to them again.

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  6. Can I get a copy of the album anywhere?

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  7. I'd like to get a cd

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  8. I have a brand new copy search (countryking45 Parlangua) on YouTube and comment on the video if you would like one If the family is ok with it I will burn it on cd to anyone who want's one. free of course. Rest In Peace Lloyd. https://youtu.be/Ks_l2t3g8LY

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  9. I’d love one. I worked with Lloyd.. Chip Bell 1008 village green # apt1801 Gallatin, Tn. 37066 .. I’ll send ya postal money back .we had some great conversations in dark times. I really liked him.🙏🏻

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  10. I still haven't found a 45 - but I did purchase an album finally. The cover is in prestine condition. Album was slightly warped so I was relieved when it still played perfectly. I still haven't found anyone with any photos of the band or the outside or inside of the venue (4 Seasons). But I did purchase Lloyd's autograph on Ebay a few years ago. :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment Regina. I went ahead and posted a picture of the band for your enjoyment :)

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  11. I was there in '84, just before they closed the 4 Seasons. Bought the album. Lost it to a relative in 87.

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  12. I think they closed the 4 Seasons in 83...been so long ago I forgot the actual date. Great band though. Loyds voice was unique. Sad he's gone.

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