Ann Savoy

Ann Savoy (/sɑːˈvwɑː/; born Ann Allen on January 20, 1952)[1][2][3] is a musician, author, and record producer.

Ann Savoy
Ann Savoy performing at the Liberty Theater, Eunice, Louisiana, Nov. 17, 2012.
Ann Savoy performing at the Liberty Theater in Eunice, Louisiana, November 2012
Background information
Birth nameAnn Allen
BornJanuary 20, 1952 (age 67)
OriginRichmond, Virginia, U.S.
GenresCajun, folk
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actress
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, accordion, fiddle
Years active1980–present
LabelsVanguard, Arhoolie, Rounder, Memphis
Associated actsSavoy Family Band, Savoy Doucet Cajun Band, The Magnolia Sisters
The Zozo Sisters (with Linda Ronstadt) (2002 & 2006)


Savoy was raised in Richmond, Virginia. She resides with her husband Marc Savoy and family in Eunice, Southern Louisiana.[4]

As a musician, she performs with her husband accordionist Marc Savoy and fiddler Michael Doucet in the Savoy Doucet Cajun Band. She also has an all-woman band The Magnolia Sisters. She also performs with husband Marc and their sons, Joel and Wilson, in the Savoy Family Band. Most recently, she has put together a Django Reinhardt-style swing band called Ann Savoy and her Sleepless Knights.[4]

Savoy appeared as a musician in the film Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and was the associate music director of the film All The King's Men, working on this project with T Bone Burnett. She has appeared in many documentaries on the subject of Cajun music including a Les Blank film, entitled Marc and Ann.

As a record producer she produced, among others, the Grammy Award nominated tribute to Cajun music, Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music, featuring singers Linda Ronstadt, John Fogerty, Nick Lowe, herself, and other noted musicians.[4]

She is the editor and compiler of Cajun Music, A Reflection of a People, which chronicles the history of Cajun and Zydeco music.[5]

She has recorded a number of albums. As The Zozo Sisters, she recorded with Linda Ronstadt the Grammy Award-nominated and Billboard-charting CD Adieu False Heart. That album is notable for being Savoy's first time recording in English.[6]


Ann Savoy performing in October 2018

Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights

With Savoy Doucet Cajun Band

  • Home Music with Spirits (1981) Arhoolie Records
  • Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band (1984) Arhoolie Records
  • With Spirits (1987) Arhoolie Records
  • J'ai Ete au Bal: I Went to the Dance various artists (1989) Arhoolie Records
  • J'ai Ete au Bal: I Went to the Dance video (DVD); various artists (1989) Arhoolie Records
  • Two Step D'Amadé (1993) Arhoolie Records
  • Les Harias: Home Music (1993) Arhoolie Records
  • Live! (1994) Arhoolie Records
  • Cajun Country video (DVD); various artists (1995) Shanachie
  • Aly Meets The Cajuns video (DVD); Aly Bain and others (1998) Whirlie Records
  • Sam's Big Rooster (2000) Arhoolie Records
  • Best of the Savoy Doucet Cajun Band (2002) Arhoolie Records

Magnolia Sisters

  • Prends Courage (1995) Arhoolie Records
  • Chers Amis (2000) Rounder Records
  • Après Faire Le Boogie Woogie (2004) Rounder
  • Stripped Down (2009) Arhoolie Records

Savoy Family Band

The Savoy Family Band at Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, October 2018

With others


  1. ^ "Ann Savoy". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
  2. ^ Harris, Craig. "Ann Savoy biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
  3. ^ Wise, Naomi (2008-06-18). "Dixie-Fried". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  4. ^ a b c Wirt, John (September 5, 2008). "Savoy a key component of La. music". 2TheAdvocate. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Savoy, Ann Allen. Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People. Eunice, LA: Bluebird Press. ISBN 9780930169015. OCLC 12422720.
  6. ^ Caffery, Joshua Clegg (July 26, 2006). "Songbird Sisters: South Louisiana's Ann Savoy teams up with pop icon Linda Ronstadt for their new CD, Adieu False Heart". The Independent. Lafayette, LA. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2018.

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Adieu False Heart

Adieu False Heart is a Grammy-nominated 2006 album by American singer, songwriter, and producer Linda Ronstadt featuring Cajun music singer Ann Savoy. It peaked at #146 on the Billboard album chart. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the disc sold a total of 67,203 copies as of December, 2016.

This was Ronstadt's last studio album before her retirement in 2011 and the revelation of her affliction with Parkinson's disease in 2013, which has left her unable to perform or sing.

Anne Allen

Anne Allen or Ann Allen may refer to:

Anne Allen (married 1766), wife of Pennsylvania governor John Penn

Ann Taylor Allen (graduated 1965), professor of German history at the University of Louisville

Ann Savoy née Allen (born 1952), American musician, author and record producer

Elizabeth Anne Allen (born 1969), American actress

Black Coffee

Black coffee may refer to:

Coffee without creamer or milk

Black Coffee (Ann Savoy album)

Black Coffee is the second album by American singer and musician Ann Savoy, released in 2010. It is credited to Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights.

Caligula (film)

Caligula (Italian: Caligola) is a 1979 Italian-American erotic historical drama film focusing on the rise and fall of the Roman Emperor Caligula. It stars Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, John Steiner and John Gielgud. It is the only feature film produced by the men's magazine Penthouse. Producer Bob Guccione, the magazine's founder, intended to produce an explicit pornographic film with a feature film narrative and high production values. He also cast Penthouse Pets as extras in unsimulated sex scenes filmed during post-production by himself and Giancarlo Lui.

Guccione hired screenwriter Gore Vidal to draft the film's script and Tinto Brass to direct the film. Brass extensively altered Vidal's original screenplay, leading Vidal to disavow the film. The final screenplay focuses on the idea that "absolute power corrupts absolutely". However, both Brass and Vidal disagreed over Guccione's use of unsimulated sexual content, which Brass refused to film. Because the producers did not allow Brass to edit the film, they changed its tone and style significantly and added hardcore sex scenes not filmed by Brass, thus turning Caligula into a pornographic drama that disregarded the director's intentions to present the film as a political satire. As a result, Brass also disavowed the film.

Caligula's release was met with legal issues and controversies over its violent and sexual content. Its uncut form remains banned in several countries. Although reviews were overwhelmingly negative (though McDowell's performance as the title character and O'Toole's performance as Tiberius were praised), Caligula is now considered to be a cult classic in retrospect, and its political content is considered to have significant merit.

The script was later adapted into a novelization written by William Johnston under the pseudonym William Howard.In 2018, Penthouse announced that a new cut of the film was being edited by Alexander Tuschinski, with the approval of Brass's family.

If Dreams Come True

If Dreams Come True is an album by American singer and musician Ann Savoy, released in 2007.

Joel Savoy

Joel Savoy (born in Eunice, Louisiana, USA) is a Cajun musician and music producer from Southwest Louisiana. His father Marc Savoy, famous accordion builder and musician, and his mother, Ann Savoy, author and music producer, are well known ambassadors and supporters of preserving the Cajun culture.

Le farò da padre

Le farò da padre (also known as I'll Take Her Like a Father and Bambina) is a 1974 Italian comedy film directed by Alberto Lattuada. It is the debut-title of Teresa Ann Savoy. The film was filmed in Apulia.

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is a retired American popular music singer known for singing in a wide range of genres including rock, country, light opera, and Latin. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award, and many of her albums have been certified gold, platinum or multiplatinum in the United States and internationally. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award. She was awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by The Latin Recording Academy in 2011 and also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy in 2016. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014. On July 28, 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities. In 2019, she will receive a joint star with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their work as the group Trio.In total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40, 10 in the top 10, three at number 2, and "You're No Good" at number 1. This success did not translate to the UK, with only her single "Blue Bayou" reaching the UK Top 40. Her duet with Aaron Neville, "Don't Know Much", peaked at number 2 in December 1989. In addition, she has charted 36 albums, 10 top-10 albums and three number 1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart. Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was published in September 2013. It debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Ronstadt has collaborated with artists in diverse genres, including Bette Midler, Billy Eckstine, Frank Zappa, Rosemary Clooney, Flaco Jiménez, Philip Glass, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Johnny Cash, and Nelson Riddle. She has lent her voice to over 120 albums and has sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. Christopher Loudon, of Jazz Times, wrote in 2004 that Ronstadt is "blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation."After completing her last live concert in late 2009, Ronstadt retired in 2011. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing.

Linda Ronstadt discography

The discography of Linda Ronstadt, an American rock, pop and country artist, consists of 28 studio albums, numerous compilation albums, and 63 singles. After recording three albums with her folk rock band, The Stone Poneys, Ronstadt debuted on Capitol Records as a solo artist with 1969's Hand Sown ... Home Grown.Between 1970 and 1973, Ronstadt released three studio albums: two on the Capitol label, Silk Purse (1970) and Linda Ronstadt (1971); and one on the Asylum label, Don't Cry Now (1973). Developing a Country Rock sound similar to that of Eagles, Ronstadt recorded 1974's Grammy-winning Heart Like a Wheel, which sold over two million U. S. copies and spawned the #1 hits "When Will I Be Loved" and "You're No Good". Her next album was 1975's Prisoner in Disguise, which followed a similar musical format and contained a Top Five cover of "Heat Wave". Hasten Down the Wind in 1976 featured two Ronstadt-composed originals and established Ronstadt as the first ever female recording artist to score three million-selling albums. Its biggest hits were a remake of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day" and a reworking of Willie Nelson's "Crazy". The album won Ronstadt her second Grammy Award.

Her 1977 release, Simple Dreams, followed a more Rock-oriented format. It went Triple platinum in America alone and produced two simultaneous Top Five hits: the Platinum-certified "Blue Bayou" and "It's So Easy". Additional hits from the album included "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Tumbling Dice", and the Top 10 Country hit "I Never Will Marry".

The following year, Living in the USA included a cover of Chuck Berry's "Back in the U.S.A.". It also contained a soulful Top 10 remake of the Motown classic "Ooh Baby Baby" which crossed over to R&B radio. In addition to the conventional Asylum release that is listed below, special limited-edition releases were also made of this album in red vinyl and picture disc. "Just One Look" was the album's third hit single.

Ronstadt's first disc of the 1980s was the New Wave-styled Mad Love. It debuted at #5 on the Billboard album chart and quickly became her seventh million-selling album in a row. It produced Top 10 singles with "How Do I Make You" and the scorching "Hurt So Bad".

In 1983, Ronstadt changed musical directions towards big band jazz and traditional pop music, recording What's New, which was certified Triple Platinum in the United States. It was succeeded by 1984's Lush Life and 1986's For Sentimental Reasons (both Platinum-certified).

To celebrate her Mexican American heritage, Ronstadt recorded the Spanish-language album Canciones de Mi Padre in 1987, selling more than two million copies in the U. S. and winning Ronstadt another Grammy Award. It stands as the biggest-selling non-English language record in history. The same year, she also teamed with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton for the collaboration album Trio, which spawned four Top 10 Country music hits, including the #1 single, "To Know Him Is To Love Him". Her 1989 release, titled Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, was Ronstadt's first pop music album in seven years. It produced two Grammy Award-winning duets with Aaron Neville on the Billboard Hot 100: the Gold-certified number 2 hit "Don't Know Much" and the number 11 hit "All My Life". Both songs were long-running #1 Adult Contemporary hits.

After releasing two less successful Spanish albums in the early 1990s, Ronstadt returned to something more contemporary with 1993's New Age-styled Winter Light. It was followed by her 1995 return to Country Rock: Feels Like Home. Her Grammy-winning album of children's lullabies was issued in 1996 and had strong sales. Her 1998 release, We Ran, featured more Rock-oriented album material. In 1999, Ronstadt reunited with Harris and Parton for Trio II, which won Ronstadt her eleventh competitive Grammy Award and nineteenth Gold album. That year she also recorded a Southwestern-inspired release with Harris, Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions.

Her 2004 release, Hummin' to Myself, was Ronstadt's fourth album of traditional jazz standards . In 2006, she made what turned out to be her final studio album – Adieu False Heart – mixing Cajun music with rock in a collaboration with Ann Savoy. Ronstadt has sold over 30 million records in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

List of people related to Cajun music

This is a list of notable Cajun musicians, Cajun music instrument makers, Cajun music folklorists, Cajun music historians, and Cajun music activists.

Marc Savoy

Marc Savoy ( sah-vwah) (b. near Eunice, Louisiana, United States, October 1, 1940) is an American musician, and builder and player of the Cajun accordion.

He was born on his grandfather's rice farm near Eunice. His grandfather was a fiddler, who occasionally played with the legendary Dennis McGee, who was once a tenant farmer on his grandfather's property. Marc Savoy began playing traditional music when he was 12 years old.Savoy holds a degree in chemical engineering but his primary income is derived from his accordion-making business, based at his Savoy Music Center in Eunice, Louisiana. His wife is the singer and guitarist Ann Savoy, whom he met in 1975 and married in 1977. He has performed with Robert Bertrand, Dennis McGee, Rodney Balfa, Sady Courville, Dewey Balfa, D. L. Menard, and Michael Doucet, the latter of whom he plays with in the Savoy-Doucet Band. He also plays in the Savoy Family Band with his wife Ann and their sons Joel and Wilson.

He hosts regular jam sessions and mini-festivals at the Savoy Music Center.

Savoy is a recipient of a 1992 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States government's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.

Salon Kitty (film)

Salon Kitty is a 1976 erotic-war-drama film directed by Tinto Brass. The film was coproduced by Italy, France and West Germany. It is based on the novel of the same name by Peter Norden, covering the real life events of the Salon Kitty Incident, where the Sicherheitsdienst took over an expensive brothel in Berlin, had the place wire tapped and all the prostitutes replaced with trained spies in order to gather data on various members of the Nazi party and foreign dignitaries.

It is considered among the progenitors of Nazisploitation genre.In the U.S., the film was edited to lighten the political overtones for an easier marketing as a sexploitation film and released under the title Madam Kitty with an X rating. Blue Underground Video, for the uncut version, has surrendered the X rating for an unrated DVD and Blu-ray release.

Teresa Ann Savoy

Teresa Ann Savoy, FRSA (18 July 1955 – 9 January 2017) was a British-born actress who appeared in a number of Italian films.

Till I'm Too Old to Die Young

"Till I'm Too Old to Die Young" is a song recorded by American country music artist Moe Bandy. It was released in February 1987 as the second single from his album You Haven't Heard the Last of Me. The song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.The song was also released on the 2004 album You Can't Save Everybody by Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch with Fats Kaplin; and was released under the title "Too Old to Die Young" on the 2006 album Adieu False Heart by Linda Ronstadt with Ann Savoy.

Valcour Records

Valcour Records is an independent record label based in Eunice, Louisiana. Valcour was founded in 2006 by Joel Savoy (son of Marc and Ann Savoy), with friends Phillip LaFargue II and Lucius Fontenot. Valcour Records' first release in 2006 was Goin' Down to Louisiana by fiddle player Cedric Watson and accordionist Corey Ledet.Valcour has since released albums with Louisiana bands such as the Figs, Bonsoir Catin, GIVERS, and Feufollet. Through the Cajun and Creole [drinking songs compilation Allons Boire un Coup (2007), the label has also featured the Pine Leaf Boys, Ann Savoy, Steve Riley and Racines, The Red Stick Ramblers, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and Balfa heir Courtney Granger.

In 2007, Valcour partnered with independent distributor Select-O-Hits for nationwide distribution.

Wilson Savoy

Wilson Allen Savoy (born February 1, 1982 in Eunice, Louisiana) is a Grammy winning accordionist, keyboard player, fiddler and singer with the Cajun bands Pine Leaf Boys and The Band Courtbouillon, as well as a local filmmaker in Lafayette, LA. His father Marc Savoy, famous accordion builder and musician, and his mother, Ann Savoy, musician, author and music producer, are well known ambassadors and supporters of preserving the Cajun culture.

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