Record Executive and Producer Eddie Shuler Dies

Funeral services for recording pioneer Eddie Shuler were held Wednesday (July 27) in Lake Charles, La., according to the New Orleans music magazine, OffBeat. Shuler, 92, died Saturday (July 23) in Atlanta, where he resided with his son. Shuler founded Goldband Records, a label based in Lake Charles, in 1945 and scored one of the first zydeco hits in 1954 with Boozoo Chavis’ recording of “Paper in My Shoe.” Specializing in Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music, he released recordings by Jo-el Sonnier, Freddy Fender, Iry LeJeune, Clarence Garlow, Juke Boy Bonner and many others. In terms of country music, Shuler was the first record executive to release a single by Dolly Parton, who was just 13 when she recorded “Puppy Love” for Goldband in 1959.