Lou (Louis) Millet was born April 1926 in Baton Rouge, La. Got his first guitar at 16, set up a band “The Melody Ramblers”, that lasted four years (NB. See the bottom of the page for a recently 1949 record found). In 1951, he is noted by entrepreneur J.D. Miller (from Crowley, La), and he cuts several sides issued on the Feature label. Two were even sold to the Gallatin, Tn, Dot label. All are fine Hillbilly bop songs and show a firm vocal in front of a strong backing. Millet then became acquainted to Lefty Frizzell, who hired him as front man for his shows. Hence follow a deal with Columbia records, and a dozen sides, without success.
In 1955, he did sign with Johnny Vincent’s Ace label in Jackson, Ms, for whom he cut a proto-rockabilly effort, “Just You And Me”.
Then he goes to Hollywood’s Ekko label (which had a branch in Nashville). Finally, he did cut two all-time Rockabilly classics in 1956 for the Republic label, “Shorty The Barber” and “Slip, Slip, Slippin’ In” (original to Eddie Bond’s version), which are still revered today.
Two singles later on Scenic, one on Go (“Uncle Earl”, in memory of the controversial La. Governor Earl K. Long). A little gospel music on Wagon Wheel records during the 70s. Even a rebel record on Conservative as “Colonel Lou”.
No one seems to know what happened to him afterwards.
Flash! (October 13th, 2011) A visitor has found a 78 rpm record by LOUIS MILLET, dated 1949, on the Rouge label (Baton Rouge, La.).Here it is:
The only other record I know on Rouge is by Joe Turner (# 105), dated 1949. So this Louis Millet (note his complete forname) record predates the cuts he had on Feature (see above). Same band noted. Both sides are plaintive Hillbilly weepers. Hear them below. Thanks to J. Gary Oprendek. If anyone can shed some more light on this issue, please let me know!