Chanteur RockabillyUS né Bobby Nelson Poe le 13 Avril 1933 à Vinita (Oklahoma). Bobby Poe a enregistré chez White Rock de Dallas (Texas). Il a aussi utilisé le nom de Bobby Brant est aussi connu sous le nom de "The Poe Kat". Bobby Poe est décédé le 22 Janvier 2011.
Nelson Poe (April 13, 1933 – January 22, 2011) also known as The Poe Kat, had a
long and varied career in the music business.
He was born in Vinita, Oklahoma. In the mid-1950s he formed Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats, which featured African-American piano player Big Al Downing and lead guitar player Vernon Sandusky. Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats were also Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson's first Rock and Roll backing band. They toured with Wanda and can also be found on her early Capitol Records recordings, including the Rockabilly classic "Let's Have a Party". Bobby, Wanda, Big Al and Vernon are all members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats came to the attention of Sam Phillips of Sun Records with their first recorded track, "Rock and Roll Record Girl". Based on the music of the old standard "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy", "Rock and Roll Record Girl" was at first blocked from release by Wesley Rose of Acuff-Rose because of that fact. By the time all of the legal hurdles were cleared, Sam Phillips was no longer interested in releasing the track. Instead, Dallas, Texas radio personality Jim Lowe stepped in and released the single on his White Rock Records label. "Rock and Roll Record Girl" backed with "Rock and Roll Boogie" became a #1 single in the state of Texas.
After one more single for Jim Lowe's White Rock Records entitled "Piano Nellie", under the name of Bobby Brant and The Rhythm Rockers, Bobby Poe gave up his career as an artist to become an artist manager. His first client was Big Al Downing. In the 1960s, Poe moved to the Washington, D.C. area and expanded his operation. He managed and co-produced The Chartbusters, which featured his old bandmate Vernon Sandusky. The Chartbusters scored a Top 40 hit in 1964 with their recording "She's The One". Tom Hanks was quoted in People Magazine as saying The Chartbusters were one of the influences for his film "That Thing You Do!". Poe also co-managed The British Walkers, which featured Bobby Howard and guitarist Roy Buchanan.
In 1968, Poe again switched gears and started several music tip sheets for music industry insiders and radio stations. The most successful tip sheet was Pop Music Survey, which grew significantly when Poe began an annual music convention. After 25 successful conventions, Poe retired in 1996.
After his "official" retirement in 1996, in 1999 he created The Grand Grove Opry in Grove, Oklahoma. This music theater showcased local and national Country music talent and shows were broadcast weekly on KITO radio in Vinita, Oklahoma. After new owners bought the Opry building, Mr. Poe continued to promote Country music concerts until 2005.
In March 2009 Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.Bobby Poe died at his home in Grove, Oklahoma on January 22, 2011. He had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009. While he was able to beat the cancer, he grew steadily weaker during his recovery and suffered a fatal blood clot on the aforementioned date.
Talents : Singer, Guitar
Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll
ROCK & ROLL
ROCK & ROLL RECORD GIRL (1958)
PIANO NELLIE (1958)
ROCK THE BOP TONIGHT (195?) (Unissued)
Years in activity :
|04/1958||SP WHITE ROCK 1112 (US)||Bobby POE - Rock & Roll Boogie / Rock & Roll Record Girl|
|10/1958||SP WHITE ROCK 1114 (US)||Bobby BRANT & The RHYTHM ROCKERS - I Found A New Love / Piano Nellie|
|02/1959||SP EAST WEST 45-EW124 (US)||Bobby BRANT & The RHYTHM ROCKERS - Piano Nellie / I Found A New Love|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Be My Love [vers. 1]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Be My Love [vers. 2]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Drink To A Fool [vers. 1]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Drink To A Fool [vers. 2]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Drink To A Fool [vers. 3]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Flying Saucers Jig|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Goin' To The River|
|195?||White Rock unissued||I'm A Fool [vers. 1]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||I'm A Fool [vers. 2]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||I'm Having A Ball|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Let's Have A Ball|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Little Darlin'|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Love My Peggy [vers. 1]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Love My Peggy [vers. 2]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||My Baby She Left Me [vers. 1]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||My Baby She Left Me [vers. 2]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Please Be My Love [vers. 1]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Please Be My Love [vers. 2]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Rebel Without A Cause|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Rock & Roll Boogie [alt. vers.]|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Rock The Bop Tonight|
|195?||White Rock unissued||Well I Love You|
|195?||Need info||Piano Nellie [alt. vers.]|
|1993||CD EAGLE EAR-90114B (DE)||LET'S HAVE A BALL - Let's Have A Ball / Well I Love You / Please Be My Love / My Baby She Left Me / Love My Peggy / Rock'n'Roll Record Girl / Rock & Roll Boogie / Rebel Without A Cause / Goin' To The River / Drink To A Fool|
|1993||CD EAGLE EAR-90114 (DE)||BOBBY POE & THE POEKATS - LET'S HAVE A BALL - FROM ORIGINAL MASTER-TAPES - Let's Have A Ball / Well I Love You / Please Be My Love (take 1) / My Baby She Left Me (take 1) / Love My Peggy (take 1) / Rock'n'Roll Record Girl / Rock & Roll Boogie / Rebel Without A Cause / Goin' To The River / Drink To A Fool (take 1) / Be My Love (take 1) / I'm A Fool / Please Be My Love (take 2) / Love Me Peggy (take 2) / My Baby Left Me (take 2) / Drink A Fool (take 2) / I'm Having A Ball / Rock The Bop Tonight / I'm A Fool (final version) / Little Darlin' / Flying Saucers Jig / Drink To A Fool (final version) / Be My Love (final version)|
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