Classie Ballou (Elton, Louisiana, August 21, 1937) is an American zydeco and rhythm and blues guitarist.
He made his recording debut as the guitarist on Boozoo Chavis' first single, "Paper In My Shoe," the record that literally put zydeco music on the map. The story behind this kit-bashing of stylistic nuances is a rock 'n' roll moment that must be savored. Eddie Shuler, who'd decided to record Chavis for his Goldband label, hired Ballou's band to back him, naturally assuming that…
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