Affectionately known as "the Cajun Hank Williams," D.L. Menard (born Doris Leon Menard) only met Williams one time at the Teche Club in New Iberia in 1951. But in the subsequent decades, Williams' melancholy country songs continued to be his major influence. Best known for his hit "La Porte Dans Arriere (The Back Door)," which sold more than 500,000 copies in 1962, Menard remained one of Cajun music's strongest links to country music throughout his life. Menard's earliest inspiration was furnished by his father, who played harmonica, and an uncle who played in a Cajun band. Attending a rehearsal by the group, Menard became enchanted by his uncle's guitar playing. Convincing his uncle to teach him a few rudimentary chords, Menard took to the instrument quickly. Six months after buying his first guitar from a Sears and Roebuck catalog, he performed his first gigs. Shortly after joining Elias Badeaux's band, the Louisiana Aces, in 1952, Menard took over the band's leadership. He continued to balance his music career with a variety of jobs. He composed "La Porte Dans Arriere" while working at a gas station. Menard continued to supplement his income as a musician by building rocking chairs in the factory that he owned with his wife, Louella. In 1994, Menard received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He died in July 2017 at the age of 85. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi

D.L. Menard sings The Back Door with L'Angelus
The Back Door (La porte en arriere)
DL Menard - The Back Door / La Porte d'en Arrière
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D.L. Menard - La porte d'en arrière
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