Clifford Joseph Trahan, best known as Johnny Rebel and Pee Wee Trahan, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for having songs related to white supremacy. Trahan used the Johnny Rebel name for a series of recordings for J. D. “Jay” Miller’s Reb Rebel label in the 1960s in response to the civil rights movement. The 12 songs exhibit racial hatred marketed as “subtle, rib-tickling satire”. The songs frequently used the racial slur “nigger” and often voiced sympathy for racial segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Confederate States of America. In a 2003 interview, Trahan claimed that he “just did it for the money” and that he “didn’t set out to spread hate or start trouble”. He said “At that time, there was a lot of resentment – whites toward blacks and blacks toward whites. So, everybody had their own feelings. Lots of people changed their feelings over the years. I basically changed my feelings over the years up to a point.”
|Birth name:||Clifford Joseph Trahan|
|Also known as:||Johnny Rebel, Tommy Todd, Jericho Jones, Johnny “Pee Wee” Blaine, Johnny “Pee Wee” Trayhan, Johnny “Pee Wee” Trahan, Jimmy “Pee Wee” Krebs|
|Born:||September 25, 1938, Moss Bluff, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Origin:||Crowley, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Died:||September 03, 2016, Rayne, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Genres:||Country, white power music, swamp pop, folk|
|Labels:||Reb Rebel, Zynn, Todd, Flyright Records, Viking, Wildwood, Master-Trak, AggWood, Try It Man, Johnny Rebel|
About Johnny Rebel
Controversial Cajun country music singer known for his outwardly racist recordings, which were typically aimed at African-Americans. Some of his most well-known songs, the majority of which were recorded in the 60’s, were included on the 1971 compilation For Segregationists Only.
He first began recording under the Johnny Rebel moniker in Crowley, Louisiana during the height of the civil rights movement. His first release was the single “Lookin’ for a Handout”/”Kajun Ku Klux Klan”.
His birth name was Clifford Joseph Trahan. He was married and he had a son.
He was interviewed as a guest on The Howard Stern Show.
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