Johnny Rebel

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Johnny Rebel
Background information
Birth name Clifford Joseph Trahan
Also known as Johnny "Pee Wee" Blaine, Jericho Jones, Jimmy "Pee Wee" Krebs, Tommy Todd, Johnny "Pee Wee" Trahan, Johnny "Pee Wee" Trayhan
Born 25 September 1938(1938-09-25)
Moss Bluff, Louisiana, U.S.
Died 3 September 2016 (aged 77)
Rayne, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Country music, white power music, swamp pop, folk music
Occupations Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1966–2003
Labels AggWood, Flyright, Try It Man, Johnny Rebel, Reb Rebel, Todd, Master-Trak, Viking, Wildwood, Zynn

Clifford Joseph Trahan (25 September 1938 – 3 September 2016), better known by the stage names Johnny Rebel and Pee Wee Trahan, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician who performed songs that were supportive of white pride. He used the Johnny Rebel name for a series of recordings for J. D. "Jay" Miller's Reb Rebel label in the 1960s in response to the civil rights movement and black supremacy. The cajun/country musician recorded songs supportive of Southern racial segregation and white separatism.


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Trahans songs frequently use the racial epithet nigger for blacks and often voice sympathy for Jim Crow-era segregation as well as for the struggle for white rights by the Ku Klux Klan. Trahan first recorded under the Johnny Rebel moniker in the mid-1960s, when the civil rights movement and black power movement reached their zeniths. He employed J. D. "Jay" Miller's recording studio in Crowley, Louisiana. Miller, in fact, produced the sessions and issued the recordings on his own Reb Rebel label.

Trahan's first release — the fifth for the Reb Rebel label — was a 45 RPM single of "Lookin' for a Handout" and "Kajun Klu Klux Klan." He would record five more singles for the label, which included "Nigger, Nigger," "In Coon Town," "Who Likes a Nigger?," "Nigger Hatin' Me," "Still Looking for a Handout," "Some Niggers Never Die (They Just Smell That Way)," "Stay Away from Dixie,", and "Move Them Niggers North."

At least two of Trahan's songs, "Keep a-Workin' Big Jim" and "(Federal Aid Hell!) The Money Belongs to Us", were not about race, but about political issues — namely, the efforts of Louisiana district attorney Jim Garrison to solve the John F. Kennedy assassination, and a song critical of U.S. federal aid programs.[1]

Two of these songs were eventually issued in album format by Reb Rebel Records under the title "For Segregationists Only". After a hiatus of about three decades, Trahan returned as Johnny Rebel in 2001 when he issued his CD single "Infidel Anthem," recorded in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.[1] In 2003, Trahan released the album It's the Attitude, Stupid!, on the Try It Man record label.

At least two persons or entities claim ownership of the Johnny Rebel catalog. At present, however, it is unclear who actually owns the recordings.[1] Johnny Rebel's songs have been covered by other singers such as Big Reb and the German band Landser. In 2005, his song "Some Niggers Never Die (They Just Smell That Way)" was used in the film What Is It? directed by Crispin Glover.

Trahan had rarely allowed himself to be photographed by anyone other than close friends and family, although he stated there are indeed images of him on the Internet. Trahan owned a driving school in Crowley, Louisiana, and appeared in a front-page article of the Crowley Post Signal on 10 December 2008 (about songwriting). A CD compilation of his works simply shows a hooded Klansman together with a depiction of the Confederate Battle Flag.

Johnny Reb

Johnny Reb is the national personification of the common soldier of the Confederacy. During the American Civil War and afterwards, Johnny Reb (Confederate States Army) and his Union counterpart Billy Yank (Union Army) were used in speech and literature to symbolize the common soldiers who fought in the Civil War in the 1860s.


Johnny Rebel is often misidentified as the pseudonym of country singer David Allan Coe, who achieved popularity during the 1970s and 1980s. The confusion stems in part from the song "Nigger Fucker", which appears on Coe's Underground Album. Some of Johnny Rebel's songs have also been misattributed to Johnny Horton, an American country singer who died in 1960. The confusion appears to stem from a song by Horton titled "Johnny Reb".


For Segregationists Only (1971)

Side 1

  1. "Flight NAACP 105" (Son of Mississippi)
  2. "The Last 100 Years" (Happy Fats)
  3. "Kajun Klu Klux Klan" (Johnny Rebel)
  4. "Veteran's Plea" (Happy Fats)
  5. "Joining the Big Society" (Son of Mississippi)

Side 2

  1. "Looking for a Handout" (Johnny Rebel]])
  2. "The Voice of Alabama" (Son of Mississippi)
  3. "Old Man Moses" (Happy Fats)
  4. "Marty and His Traveling Beatnik Band" (Son of Mississippi)
  5. "Dear Mr. President" (Happy Fats)

The Complete Johnny Rebel Collection (2003)

  1. Looking for a Handout
  2. Still Looking for a Handout
  3. Nigger Hating Me
  4. Coon Town
  5. Who Likes a Nigger (alternative)
  6. Move Them Niggers North
  7. Nigger Nigger
  8. Federal Aid
  9. Stay Away from Dixie (alternative)
  10. Keep a Workin' Big Jim
  11. Kajun Klu (sic!) Klux Klan
  12. Cowboys and Niggers (James Crow)
  13. Some Niggers Never Die
  14. Johnny Rebel (Colonel Lou)
  15. She Ran Off with a Nigger (Texas BS Band)
  16. Ship Those Niggers Back (Odis Cochran & The Three Bigots[2])
  17. We Is Non-Violent Niggers (Odis Cochran & The Three Bigots)
  18. We Don't Want Niggers in Our Schools (Coon Hunters)
  19. That's the Way a Nigger Goes (Unknown)
  20. Marty & His Beatnik Band (Son of Mississippi)
  21. The South Shall Rise Again (The Confederates)
  22. The South's Gonna Rise Again (Jesse James)
  23. The Great Society (Ski King)
  24. Segregation Wagon (Col. Sharecropper)
  25. Move Them Niggers North (Col. Sharecropper)
  26. Move Them Niggers North 2 (Col. Sharecropper)
  27. Nigger Hating Me (Big Reb)
  28. Dixie (White Riders)
  29. NAACP Prayer (Colonel Lou)
  30. Stand Up and Be Counted (White Riders)

It's the Attitude, Stupid! (2006)

  1. "It's the Attitude, Stupid!" – 2:21 (also at Bitchute)
  2. "Niggers Suck!" – 2:19
  3. "Affirmative Action" – 3:23
  4. "Reparations" – 3:44
  5. "Nothin' but Niggers" – 2:46
  6. "If I Could Be a Nigger for a Day" – 3:11
  7. "Jesse Showed Up" – 2:53
  8. "Send 'em All back to Africa" – 3:21
  9. "Nigger-in-Law" – 3:25
  10. "Quit Your Bitchin', Nigger!" – 3:02

Bonus Tracks on Johnny Rebel Records 2006 Release

  1. "Fuck You, Osama Bin Laden! (Infidel Anthem)" (XXX Version) – 3:55
  2. "Fuck You, Osama Bin Laden! (Infidel Anthem)" (XXX/CD Version) – 3:51
  3. "Infidel Anthem" (Radio/Clean Version) – 4:22
  4. "How It All Started" (Interview) – 2:32
  5. "Corny Hall" (Interview) – 1:45
  6. "Enuff Is Enuff!" (Interview) – 1:57
  7. "C.O.R.E. - Bobby Kennedy" (Interview) – 2:16
  8. "KKK - Live in Kaplan" (Interview) – 1:43
  9. "Black Friends - Race Issues" (Interview) – 1:19
  10. "New CD - Black Attitudes" (Interview) – 1:57
  11. "Wiggers!" (Interview) – 1:57
  12. "My Kind" (Interview) – 2:09
  13. "Spades - Racist Labels" (Interview) – 2:02
  14. "Responsibility" (Interview) – 2:35
  15. "The Garden Song" (Filthy McNasty) – 3:14
  16. "Black Magic" (Jericho Jones) – 2:16
  17. "Can a Young Love (Turn to Old Love Overnight)" (Jericho Jones) – 2:10

Further songs


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nick Pittman, "Johnny Rebel Speaks", in: Times of Acadiana, Lafayette, Louisiana, ca. 2000.
  2. On the original single the artist is given as Odis Cochran & Guitar with "The 3 Bigots" (Original Single HATENANNY # H-1)