Johnny Rebel is perceived all over the world as the precursor of “hate core” music. He is known for his racist songs. The white racist known as Pee Wee Trahan was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter.
He was most famous in the 60s – 80s when he inspired the formation of over 500 hate rock bands around the world. The assumption that his music still has no place today could be wrong, as the United States is still struggling with racial differences.
Virtually all of Johnny’s songs are described as the joy of the segregationists. Johnny Rebel’s Classical Klan compositions(KKK) is no. No. 2 on the white racist list of Resistance Records. After the video game Ethnic Cleansing.
Johnny Rebel Biography
Johnny Rebel’s real name is Clifford Joseph Trahan. “Johnny Rebel” was his professional identity as a segregationist. He was born September 25, 1938, in Moss Bluff, Louisiana, United States of America. His parents were Homer Trahan and Elizabeth Breaux Taylor. After their divorce, Johnny moved with his mother to Crowley.
As an adult, he liked to listen to Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. His mother, who, as he recalls, earned $14 a week, went out of her way to give him his first guitar, worth $17, at the age of 12, supporting an obvious potential talent.
He graduated from high school in 1956. As a young, musically talented Cajun man, Johnny began making covers of other people’s songs. Looking for a break, he moved from Lousiana to Nashville, where he lived for a short time, and finally returned home when things were not going as well as he had hoped.
At home, Johnny began spending time with J.D. Miller in his popular studio. Miller, who owns Reb Rebel Records in Crowley, had heard him sing and was interested in his talent, so he began to develop his musical skills. While recording with Miller, he became the world-famous “Johnny Rebel”.
His songs, which he emphasized were solely his views at the time, were extremely racist and aimed at African-Americans. Johnny Rebel recorded songs like “Lookin’ For a Handout”, “Nigger, Nigger”, “Some Niggers Never Die (They Just Smell That Way)”, “In Coontown” and “Kajun Ku Klux Klan”. His style was divided into different categories: Country, Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, and Outlaw Country. Four of his songs were featured on a full-length compilation album in 1971 entitled For Segregationists Only.
Over time, Johnny’s fame faded. He took a break for 3 decades, which led to the use of another pseudonym for singing. He sang country songs and wrote songs for other stars. According to reports he wrote, Jimmy C. Newman’s hit Lache Pas la Patate and was co-author of Johnnie Allan’s South to Louisiana.
In contrast to the controversy that his raw racist songs caused, Johnny said he had good reasons for making the kind of “seemingly racist” songs he did. Usually, the Louisiana singer said he couldn’t care much about a person’s skin color. He said, however, he had a problem with their attitude, which was negatively directed towards white people. In his opinion, the blacks had never really forgotten their hard history and so they rubbed off on their relationship with the whites.
He also admitted that the resentment went both ways. His views were covered in the Canadian documentary Acadie black et blanc from 2015. According to him, he dared to express the opinions of many people around him at that time. Even his harsh racist views would have diminished over time. Johnny Rebel retired in 1985, but still appeared occasionally. He died in September 2016 in Rayne, Louisiana.
Rebel’s Family Life
Johnny Rebel was married once. He was with his wife Ann for 56 long years and father of four children: Raye, Randal, Rhonda, and Rhett. Johnny is skeptical when it comes to being in the public eye. Consequently, very little family data and pictures are available to the media. The late country musician is said to have handed over his driving school to his son in 2008.
Quick Facts about Johnny Rebel
1. Johnny was born, raised, and died in Louisiana;
2. He died twenty-two days after his 78th birthday;
3. His name, Johnny Rebel, is often mistakenly identified as the pseudonym of David Allan Coe;
4. Similarly, some of his songs are also wrongly assumed to be those of Buddy Holly and Johnny Horton;
5. He was a proud, white country musician of supremacy.