Billy John and the Continentals

Billy John and the Continentals are most famous for a couple 45s on Floyd Soileau’s Jin label in Ville Platte, “The Alligator”/”All Over Again” (Jin 203) and “Slap It To Me”/”Shooting Squirrels” (Jin 214). (Thanks to Boursin for this info – see his comment below correcting my original post regarding “Po Boy”.)

Billy John was Billy John Babineaux, and I believe he passed away in 2002. I’m not sure who was in the Continentals, but Kirby Boudreaux is a possibility.

They also released two 45s on Roland “Rocky” Robin’s N-Joy label in a more conventional r&b style. The first is this fine cover of Jessie Hill’s “Ooh Pooh Pah Doo” with the ballad “Does Someone Care (for Me)” on the flip.

The second N-Joy release has two more Billy Babineaux originals, the rockin’ “Lover Boy Blue” and the horn-driven r&b “Put the Hurt on You”.

7 thoughts on “Billy John and the Continentals”

  1. Their Jin releases were actually “The Alligator”/”All Over Again” (Jin 203) and “Slap It To Me”/”Shooting Squirrels” (Jin 214). “Po Boy” is not a song at all but the artist who recorded the ’70s funk track “I Wanna Dance”, which was used as the B side on a recent vinyl reissue of the “Slap It To Me” 45 aimed at funk collectors… “Slap It To Me” is a killer organ instro with that swampy Louisiana feel, well worth investigating even by garage fans!

  2. OOH POO PAH-DOO: BILLY BABINEAUX-DRUMS, BOBBY BABINEAUX-GUITAR, RICHARD ABSHIRE-BASS, MIKE THIBODEAUX-ORGAN,
    BILLY RAXDALE-ALTO SAX, LIONEL ROBIN-TENOR SAX, MIKE HARRELSON-BARITONE SAX, AARON ROBIN-
    TRUMPET.

    LOVER BOY BLUE: BILLY BABINEAUX-DRUMS, BOBBY BABINEAUX-GUITAR, GENE CHOATE-BASS, MIKE THIBODEAUX-ORGAN,
    BILLY RAXDALE-ALTO SAX, LIONEL ROBIN-TENOR SAX, RICK ROBERTS-BARITONE SAX, AARON ROBIN-
    TRUMPET.

    MANAGER: KIRBY BOUDREAUX

  3. In my first post I neglected to mention that the lead vocals were done by Billy Babineaux and harmony vocals by Bobby Babineaux. I know these and the above facts because from Nov., 1964 to Feb., 1967, I played bass in the band.

  4. Robert Plant recently performed a cover of one of their songs – Can’t Buy My Love – on his Band of Joy Album released in 2010.

    Thanks for putting these songs on the internet. I haven’t heard them since I was very young.

    Bryan (son of Bobby Babineaux)

      1. Julie, sorry I don’t know if I ever responded to your post. Please contact me and I will send photos of the the band from the early 60s. Thanks! Bryan –

  5. My father in law is Bill Raxsdale. We have been talking about these times a lot before we found this website.Thanks to whomever posted these records and the picture;)

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