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Queen Ida: Dingwalls, London

Mick Brown, The Guardian, 28 July 1983

IDA GUILLORY is the nearest thing Louisiana has to offer to a housewife superstar. A 55-year-old grandmother, Queen Ida had spent almost her entire life playing the Cajun and Zydeco music of her childhood purely for her own amusement, but it was not until the early Seventies that she started playing at social functions round her adopted home of San Francisco, and not until 1974 that she was discovered by the recording industry.

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