Chanteur Rockabilly et polititien US né le 31 janvier 1934 à Jonesboro (Arkansas), Bobby Lee Trammell nous laisse quelques singles édités entre 1958 et 1968 chez Fabor (58), ABC-Praramount (58), Radio (58), Warrior (59), Vaden (60), Skyla (61), Alley (62), Atlanta (62), Santo (64), Fabor (64), Sims (64), Alpha (64 ?) et Hot Records (66 ?). Toujours en activité dans les années 80 et 90, Bobby était présenté comme le "Mister Rock 'n' Roll From Arkansas". Il a été juge de paix dans le comté de Craighead entre 1995-1996, 2006-2008 et membre de la chambre des représentants entre 1997-2002.Il est décédé le 20 février 2008 à l'âge de 74 ans à Jonesboro sa ville natale de l'Arkansas.

If Bobby Lee Trammell never became as well known as Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard, it wasn't for lack of trying. In a time when Elvis was tamed and Jerry Lee was on the outs, Trammell kept gyrating shamelessly and doing loud, raw rock & roll and staying away from ballads. Born in the early '40s, he was one of four children of Wiley and Mae Trammell, who owned a cotton farm near Jonesboro, AR. He came by his musical ability naturally — his father had played the fiddle professionally and his mother was the organist at the local church. He was drawn not only to the music of the church, however, but also to country music, and he listened to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio religiously; more than that, he had an interest in black gospel music, and occasionally sneaked out to the local black Pentecostal church, to watch and listen to their music and dancing. Trammell was playing country music in high school and aspiring to a singing career, but that remained a far-off dream until one day when Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins performed locally, and he was permitted by Perkins to sing a song with the band, and then advised Trammell to pay a call on Sam Phillips at Sun Records. His contact with Phillips was very brief, owing to what Trammell himself freely admitted —in an interview with Ian Wallis — was his own immaturity. He ended up heading west and taking a job at the Ford plant in Long Beach, CA, and was still trying to get signed when he attended a carnival where Bobby Bare was performing. He managed to convince Bare to let him on-stage to sing a couple of numbers, where he showed off a gyrating style that was in the same league with the early Elvis Presley. He was seen by Lefty Frizzell, who invited him to try out for a performing venue called the Jubilee Ballroom in Baldwin Park, CA, where he won the opening spot on a bill that included Frizzell, Freddie Hart, and Johnny Cash. He earned a regular spot at the ballroom, and was soon building up a following among the teenage listeners in the basically country-oriented crowd, for a whopping 75 dollars a week. One of the people who saw him there was Malibu-based manager Fabor Robison, who offered Trammell the chance at a recording career. Within two months, in November of 1957, he cut a single, "Shirley Lee" b/w "I Sure Do Love You, Baby" — both originals — at Robison's home studio backed by James Burton and James Kirkland — then both in Bob Luman's band — on guitar and bass, respectively. The record, on Robison's own Fabor label, did well enough to attract the attention of a nationally distributed company, ABC Paramount, which leased the master from Robison. Without ever making a major impact on the charts, "Shirley Lee" sold almost a quarter of a million copies by some reports, and also entered the repertory of another new, young West Coast-based rock & roller named Ricky Nelson. Trammell was also invited to audition for The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett, but was rejected for being too hard a rock & roller — and then, in his youth and naivety, he also blew off a suggestion that Nelson would seriously look at recording any new songs that he wrote, thus letting tens, and perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties (a concept totally alien to him at the time) slip out of his reach.He also very nearly lost his recording contract over the abortive first session for his second single — another original — entitled "You Mostest Girl." Robison had initially booked an orchestra and chorus, and when Trammell proved unable to sing with that kind of backup in a decidedly non-rock & roll vein, they nearly called it quits. Luckily, Robison recognized his error and soon let Trammell cut the song his way, with a five-piece band behind him. Unfortunately, neither this nor a third single, "My Susie J — My Susie Jane," managed to chart. Following Robison's retirement in 1959, he was left on a small label called Warrior, to which his contract had been sold. By then, however, he'd pretty much washed himself up in California and on the West Coast country circuit, mostly because of the intensity of his performances and his own immaturity. Whereas Elvis Presley had always been shocked and even a little fearful of the reactions to his hip gyrations, and downright cautious in his attitude, Trammell devoured the screams of the crowds as he engaged in motions that one country promoter found many times more suggestive than Elvis in his early days; he also liked to build up the crowd reaction, tearing off his clothes, jumping on top of the piano, and generally inciting the crowds, all of this at a time when promoters and authorities were trying to quiet rock & roll down. All of that, plus a practical joke and protest that went awry — leaving Trammell hanging from a collapsing broadcast tower, to be rescued by the police — left him unemployable in California.Soon he was back in Arkansas and managed to burn out his reputation there as well, engaging in a rivalry with Jerry Lee Lewis — then in eclipse as a rock & roll star and trying to re-establish himself as a country musician — that resulted in his vandalizing the piano that Lewis was to play. By 1960, no clubs would book him and no DJs would play the records that he made for an ever-tinier regional labels, down to the point where he was recording himself and distributing out of the back of his car. According to interview with Wallis, he also turned down the efforts to license his songs, by major labels such as Warner Bros. — then a new outfit and hungry for talent — Columbia, and Dot (which, as the home of Pat Boone, would have been a funny fit). When the British Invasion hit, he grew his hair long and continued to run against the grain — especially in Nashville — cutting good, bold rock & roll, mostly for the Sims label, even recording sides with a soul flavor. Finally, in the 1970s, Trammell moved into country music and spent most of that decade playing and recording in that vein, with good enough results that he kept eating. In the 1980s, Trammell tried to get in on the European rock & roll revival, which was in full swing and giving artists such as the surviving members of Bill Haley's Comets their best paydays in decades, but it was a failed effort. He has since left music, so far as is known, having finally been forced into a "day job" in his fifties.

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Talents : Singer, Guitar, Piano

Style musical : Rockabilly, Rockabilly, Traditional Country

I SURE DO LOVE YOU BABY

SHIRLEY LEE

YOU MOSTEST GIRL

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1957 SP FABOR 4038-45 (US) . Shirley Lee / I Sure Do Love You Baby
01/1958 SP ABC-PARAMOUNT 45-9890 (US) . Shirley Lee / I Sure Do Love You Baby
03/1958 SP RADIO 102-45 (US) . You Mostest Girl / Uh Oh
09/1958 SP RADIO 114-45 (US) . My Susie J, My Susie Jane / Should I Make Amends
05/1959 SP WARRIOR W-1554 (US) . Open Up Your Heart / Woe Is Me
1960 SP VADEN 45-304 (US) . Hi Ho Silver / Been A Walking
08/1961 SP SKYLA 1117 (US) .

Bob LEE - You Mostest Girl / Uh Oh

1961 SP CUBA 1065 (US) . It Takes Breaks / Connie
1961 SP CUBA 1076 (US) . Twist It / King Size Love
1961 SP FALEW 102 (US) . Would You Believe It / Feel Like It Is
1961 SP DECCA 31181 (US) . Sugar Love / Little Flame
1962 SP DECCA 31228 (US) . Everyday / Just Beginning
05/1962 SP ALLEY 1001 (US) . Arkansas Twist / It's All Your Fault
09/1962 SP ALLEY 1004 (US) . Come On Baby / I Tried Not To Cry
10/1962 SP ATLANTA 1501 (US) . Sally Twist / Carolyn
11/1962 SP ATLANTA 1502 (US) . I Love 'em All / Come On
1963 SP ATLANTA 1503 (US) . New Dance In France / Give Me That Good Lovin'
1963 SP ATLANTA 3001 (US) . Mary Ann / I'll Step Aside
01/1964 SP SANTO 9052 (US) . Hi-O Silver / Don't You Know (I Love You)
02/1964 SP FABOR 127 (US) . You Mostest Girl / Uh Oh
06/1964 SP ATLANTA 1504 (US) . New Dance In France / Give Me That Good Lovin'
07/1964 SP SIMS 183 (US) . New Dance In France / Give Me That Good Lovin'
08/1964 SP SIMS 195 (US) . If You Don't Wanna, You Don't Have To / Come On And Love Me
09/1964 SP ATLANTA 3001 (US) . Mary Ann / I'll Step Aside
1964 SP ALLEY 1050 (US) . If You Ever Get It Once (You Gonna' Want It Agin') / Don't You Know I Love You
1964 SP SUE WI-326 (US) . New Dance In France / Carolyn
1964 SP SUE WI-326 (US) . New Dance In France / Give Me That Good Lovin'
1964 SP ATLANTA 1101 (US) . Tator / Just Let Me Love You One More Time
02/1965 SP SIMS 225 (US) . Twenty-Four Hours / Just Let Me Love You One More Time
06/1965 SP SIMS 241 (US) . I Tried / Am I Satisfying You ?
1965 SP SIMS 254 (US) Long Tall Sally / Saints Go Marchin' In
1965 ? SP ALPHA 101 (US) . I Need Love / You Gonna Want It Agin'
1966 SP HOT 101 (US) . Shimmy Lou / You Make Me Feel So Fine
1966 SP HOT 102 (US) . Betty Jean / Tollie Frollie
1966 SP HOT 103 (US) . Tator / Just Let Me Love You One More Time
1966 SP ATLANTIC 45-2332 (US) . Shimmy Lou / You Make Me Feel So Fine
1966 SP HOT H-1101 (US) . I Couldn't Believe My Eyes / What Is The World Coming To ?
1968 SP COUNTRY 100 (US) . I'm Cheating Again / Tomorrow Or Today
1968 SP COUNTRY 101 (US) . What Is The World Coming To ? / I Couldn't Believe My Eyes
1969 SP HOT 1100 (US) . Proud Mary Is Rolling Hot Down The River To See The Bad Moon Rising / I Couldn't Believe My Eyes
1970 SP SOUNCOT SC-1100 (US) . I Dare America To Be Great / A Gift From God Through The Man From Marion County
1970 SP SOUNCOT SC-1104 (US) . 24 Hours A Day / I Lost The Girl I Loved Tonight
1970 SP SOUNCOT SC-1113 (US) . You Mostest Girl / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
1971 SP SOUNCOT SC-1119 (US) . My Shoes Keep Walkin' Back To You / Let's Wash The World And Make It Clean
1971 SP SOUNCOT SC-1128 (US) . Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes / Sheila
1971 SP SOUNCOT SC-1130 (US) . You Were Worth The Wait / Wadin' In The Water
1972 SP SOUNCOT SC-1135 (US) . Love Isn't All (Till You Give It Away) / Tell Me That You Want Me
1972 SP SOUNCOT SC-1143 (US) . I Believe In You / My Love Keeps Growing
1972 SP SOUNCOT SC-1145 (US) . You Put Love Back In My Heart / I Lost The Girl I Love Tonight
1973 SP CAPITOL 3801 (US) . You Mostest Girl / You Stand A Chance Of Losing What You've Got
1973 SP CAPITOL 3817 (US) . Love Don't Let Me Down / I Couldn't Believe My Eyes
1974 SP CINNAMON 797 (US) . Marion County Tradition / The Warmth Of Your Love
1977 SP SUN INT. 1135 (US) . Jenny Lee / It's All Your Fault

Albums

1962 LP 12" ATLANTA 1503 (US) ARKANSAS TWIST - Arkansas Twist / Carolyn / Come On Baby / It's All Your Fault / Sally Twist Pt. 1 / I Tried Not To Care / Watch Me Do The Twist / Arkansas Stomp / I Like It / Sally Twist Pt. 2 / Bobby Lee Needs Love / Give Me That Good Lovin' / If You Ever Get It Once / New Dance In France
1970 LP 12" SOUNCOT SC-1102 (US) I DARE AMERICA TO BE GREAT - You Mostest Girl / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Arkansas Twist / Uh Oh! / Open Up Your Heart Again / Gimme That Good Lovin' / What's The World Coming To? / Tomorrow Or Today / I'm Cheating You Again / Just Let Me Love You One More Time / I Couldn't Believe My Eyes
1972 LP 12" SOUNCOT SC-1141 (US) LOVE ISN'T LOVE 'TILL YOU GIVE IT AWAY - Love Isn't Love / Tell Me That You Want Me / My Love Keeps Growing / Dance To The Tune! / Chantilly Lace / To Get To You / A Little Bit Of Soap / I Believe In You / You Put Love In My Heart / To Get To You / Someone To Give My Love To / Me And Jesus / Play It Again
1973 LP 12" COLLECTOR CL 1015 (NL) HIS VERY BEST ROCKIN' RECORDINGS - Shirley Lee / Toolie Frollie / Open Up Your Heart Again / Woe Is Me / My Susie J., My Susie Jane / Betty Jean / Don't You Know I Love You / You Mostest Girl / Been-A-Walking / Hi Ho Silver / I Sure Do Love You Baby / Shimmy Lou / Am I Satisfyin' You? / Give Me That Good Lovin' / New Dance In France
1978 LP 12" ATLANTA LP 1503 (US) ARKANSAS TWIST - Arkansas Twist / Sally Twist (part II) / Carolyn / Don't You Know I Love You / Come On / I Love 'Em All / I Like It / Arkansas Stomp / Bobby Lee Needs Love / Sally Twist (part I) / It's All Your Fault / I Tried Not To Cry / Come On Baby / Uh Oh / Mary Ann / I'll Step Aside / New Dance In France / Give Me That Good Lovin' / You Make Me Feel So Fine / Whole Lotta Shakin'
1983 LP 12" ATLANTA LP 007 (US) A TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER - ALL MOTHERS - Wasted Years Of My Life / Thank You God / Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Mother Says Turn It Over To Jesus / When I Lose My Mother / Grandpa Horace Baxter Lowery Played A Song And All His Family Sang Along / Hog Pens Of Sin / Where Have All The Good Times Gone? / I Watched My Mother Die / Open Up Your Heart Again / My Mother's Living In A Much Better Place
1983 LP 12" DEE JAY JAMBOREE LP 2036 (DE) ARKANSAS TWIST - Arkansas Twist / Carolyn / Come On Baby / It's All Your Fault / Sally Twist / I Tried Not To Cry / Watch Me Do The Twist / Arkansas Stomp / I Like It / Sally Twist / Bobby Lee Needs Love / Give Me That Good Lovin' / If You Ever Get It Once (You Gonna' Want It Agin') / New Dance In France
1984 LP 12" DEE JAY JAMBOREE LP 2039 (DE) BOBBY LEE TRAMMELL - Shirley Lee /I Sure Do Love You Baby / Open Up Your Heart / Woe Is Me / My Susie J., My Susie Jane / Uh Oh / You Mostest Girl / Been A Walking / Hi Ho Silver / I Love 'Em All / Come On / Don't You Know I Love You
1984 LP 12" DEE JAY JAMBOREE DJ-LP 2040 (DE) TOOLIE FROLLIE - Toolie Frollie / Betty Jean / I Can't Sit Still / Skimmy Lou / You Make Me Feel So Fin / Come On And Love Me / Am I Satisfying You / Twenty Four Hours / Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On / A Little Bit Of Soap / Chantilly Lace / Love Isn't Love
1993 CD GLOBE CD 1503/12 (US) ARKANSAS TWIST - Arkansas Twist / Carolina / Come On Baby / Sally Twist Pt. 1 / Watch Me Do The Twist / Arkansas Stomp / I Like It / Sally Twist Pt. 2 / Bobby Lee Needs Love / Give Me That Good Lovin' / If You Ever Get It Once / New Dance In France / Shirley Lee / Tollie Frollie / Open Up Your Heart Again / Woe Is Me / My Susan Jane, My Susan Jane / Betty Jean / You Mosted Girl / Been-A-Walking / Hi Ho Silver / I Sure Do Love You Baby / Shimmy Lou / Am I Satisfying You
1995 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15887 (DE) YOU MOSTEST GIRL - Shirley Lee / I Sure Do Love You Baby / You Mostest Girl / Uh Oh / Should I Make Amends / My Susie J., My Susie Jane / Martha Jane (vers. 1) / Jenny Lee / It's All Your Fault / You Mostest Girl / I Couldn't Believe My Eyes / You Stand A Chance Of Losing What You've Got / Love Don't Let Me Down / Twenty-Four Hours / Martha Jane (vers. 2) / Am I Satisfying You / I Tried Not To Cry / Just Let Me Love You One More Time / Come On / If You Don't Wanna, You Don't / Give Me That Good Lovin' / New Dance In France / Long Tall Sally / When The Saints Go Marchin' In / Come On And Love Me
12/2001 CD BUFFALO BOP 55153 (DE) ARKANSAS TWIST - Hi Ho Silver / Been A Walking / Woe Is Me / Open Up Your Heart / Come On / I Love 'em All / Arkansas Twist / It's All Your Fault / I Like It / Arkansas Twist / It's All Your Fault / I Like It / Arkansas Twist / Sally Twist / Carolyn / If You Ever Get It Once / Don't You Know I Love You / I Tried Not To Cry / Come On Baby / You Gonna Want It Again / I Need Love / I'll Step Aside / Mary Ann / New Dance In France / Give Me That Good Lovin' / Skimmy Lou / You Make Me Feel So Fine / Betty Jean / Toolie Frollie / You Mostest Girl / Chantilly Lace / Love Isn't Love / A Little Bit Of Soap

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