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Queen Ida
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    (January 15, 1929- )
    Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
    Birth name is Ida Lewis
    Married name is Ida Guillory
    Known as the 'Queen of Zydeco'
    Recorded 'The Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band on Tour' (1982), 'Caught in the Act' (1985), 'Mardi Gras' (1994), 'Back on the Bayou' (1999) and 'Cookin' Zydeco: A Queen Ida Compendium' (2002)
    Wrote cookbook 'Cookin' with Queen Zydeco' (1990)
    She dropped out of nursing school.
    She abandoned music for years after marrying and having children.
    She looks very grandmotherly when performing.
    She employs many family members.
    She guest starred on ‘Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.’
    She was the first woman to lead a zydeco band.
    She drove a school bus for years to help support her family.
    She performs many pop and rhythm and blues standards in Cajun French.
    After doing a joint concert with her, Clifton Chenier said, ‘Lady, you’re tough.’
    She is the first zydeco musician to win a Grammy.

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