Big Alligators Song
Marilyn Muffoletto & Louis Pierce Michot
Marilyn Ann Stanzel Muffoletto was born on August 15, 1950 in Weimar, Texas to Frank J. Stanzel and Marie Ruth Romero Stanzel. Her parents moved the family to Louisiana when Marilyn was just a year old. Growing up in Franklin, Louisiana with her siblings Franklyn, Evelyn, and Carolyn, Marilyn discovered her love for the arts through which she could express her creativity. She found she was drawn to theatre and music. Embracing the folk style music that was popular in her youth, Marilyn learned to accompany her singing with ukulele, and then with guitar. After graduating Valedictorian, she then earned a B.A. in Speech: Theatre at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana, with a focus on performance. Marilyn pursued graduate studies in Communications: Theatre at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, where she performed with a group of students on a USO tour, entertaining the military troops in the Pacific Command area. Marilyn married Paul Clement Muffoletto on January 2, 1982, and they reside with their beloved pets in Lafayette, Louisiana. Marilyn has worked on Gospel music and Christian ministry including evangelistic outreaches, youth retreats, prison outreaches, various functions and services, leading praise and worship, choirs, and musical/theatrical church productions. Through the years, Marilyn has continued to participate in local theatrical productions as a performer, costumer, and technician for props and sets. Marilyn has enjoyed a work career that has included clerical and administrative functions at universities, an insurance company, oil and gas companies, and University Medical Center, a public teaching hospital where she also prepared and delivered classes for staff development. Marilyn continues to enjoy artistic avenues of creativity.
Paul Clement Muffoletto was born on June 3, 1946 in New Iberia, Louisiana to Vincent J. Muffoletto and Lou Mae Reaux Muffoletto. Growing up in New Iberia with his sibling Gerald, Paul discovered a love for music and performance from an early age. He learned to play piano and guitar, and from the young age of 12 he was busy singing, writing music, and performing. In his teens and into his young adult years, Paul originated and was musician and lead singer for three local rock bands including the Lil Bits, The Gravel Road, and the Sheetrock Music Company, excelling in local competitions. At the age of 13 Paul tried his hand at a solo magic act, entertaining people across South Louisiana. After completing vocational training in drafting at a technical school, Paul then studied music at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana, focusing on voice, opera and performance. As a body-building and weightlifting enthusiast, Paul was a member of the USL award-winning National Collegiate Championship Weight Lifting Team. Through the years he worked at various jobs, excelling in sales. Paul became active in Gospel music and ministry, including leading church choirs at East Bayou Baptist and First Assembly of God churches in Lafayette, Louisiana, writing and recording original Christian music, leading praise and worship, and singing for many functions and services. He participated in many evangelistic outreaches, youth retreats, prison outreaches, choirs, and musical/theatrical church and other local productions. Paul married Marilyn Ann Stanzel on January 2, 1982, and they reside in Lafayette, Louisiana with their beloved pets. Paul established his own music studio, PM Music, where he works on many recording projects for himself and various clients. Paul continues to enjoy writing music, singing, recording, and performing, especially as a Frank Sinatra tribute artist.
Louis Pierce Michot was born on January 2, 1979 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Tommy Michot and Kay Meleton Michot. The family moved back to their hometown of Lafayette in 1981, where he and his brother Andre were immersed in Cajun music from an early age, as their father and uncles performed regularly around Acadiana and as far as France and Poland with Les Freres Michot. Louis learned to play fiddle and guitar around the age of 12, began his professional music career as the stand-up bass player for Les Freres Michot at age 15. In addition to playing Cajun music with the family band, Louis fronted many psychedelic rock’n’roll bands throughout high school, performing at various venues and all-ages shows around Lafayette. In the summer 1999 Louis traveled to Nova Scotia to learn to speak French fluently, and went on to travel eastern Canada honing his skills on fiddle and French. When he returned to Lafayette that fall, he and his brother Andre started Lost Bayou Ramblers. The group has gone on to earn a Grammy nomination, multiple Offbeat awards, Big Easy awards, and has contributed to many film scores including Beasts of the Southern Wild, which won the Cannes Film Festival Camera D’Or and multiple Oscar nominations. In 2016, Louis was invited to perform a 12 show residency at The Stone, John Zorn’s venue in, New York’s Lower East Side. The residency served as a retrospective of his music career, and a chance to feature 12 distinct groups and collaborations that Louis has played in over the years. In 2017, Louis’ group Lost Bayou Ramblers was featured in American Epic, a documentary produced by Jack White, T-Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford, in which they record on the very first amplified vinyl recording system, the same exact machine which made Louis Armstrong’s first recording, as well as the very first recording of Cajun music by Joe Falcon and Cleoma Breaux. With a dozen albums under his belt, and the completion of his first entire film score, music production and performance have allowed Louis to raise his family doing what he loves.