If Clifton Chenier was the king of zydeco music, Rockin' Dopsie (pronounced doopsie) with his unequaled proficiency on the button accordion was its crown prince. Like Chenier, Dopsie was devoted to preserving the old French songs that form the basis of zydeco. He was born Alton Rubin in Carencro, LA, a small town near Lafayette. He spent much of his childhood picking cotton and working in the cane fields. His father played accordion and performed at local weekend house parties. He frequently brought young Rubin along.