A Guide to the Huey P. Meaux Interview, 1987
Raised in a shotgun shack on the prairie outside Kaplan, Louisiana, Huey P. Meaux (b. 1929) grew up speaking French and listening to his father play the accordion. About 1931, the family moved to a tiny Texas town called Winnie between Houston and Beaumont. After high school, Meaux served two years in Germany with the U. S. Army and entered Modern Barber College in Houston after his return to the states. Meaux had played music with his relatives and friends throughout his life and began producing while a hairdresser and hosting a radio show on Port Arthur's KPAC on which he took up the moniker "the Crazy Cajun." Meaux quickly became a power player in the Houston music scene and founded Sugar Hill Studio in 1971. During his career Meaux worked with a wide range of artists, including Joe Barry, Johnny Winter, Frog Man Henry, B. J. Thomas, Freddy Fender, Barbara Lynn, and Doug Sahm. Meaux's success also had a darker side, including drug abuse and several jail sentences as a convicted sex offender.
McVicker, Steve. "Wasted Days, Wasted Lives (Part 1)." Houston Press, February 22, 1996.
Audiocassettes and a VHS videotape containing an interview with Meaux compose the Huey P. Meaux Interview, 1987, chronicling his life and career as a record producer, promoter, and entrepreneur. Interviewed by Joe Nick Patoski, Meaux recounts his life and career, particularly his work at his Sugar Hill Studio and associations with musicians, such as Johnny Winter, Freddie Fender, Doug Sahm, Barbara Lynn, and B. J. Thomas. The videotape includes approximately 105 minutes of footage, while the audiocassettes contain only the first 90 minutes of the interview.
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Huey P. Meaux Interview, 1987, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
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