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The Very Best of Sleepy LaBeef

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Sleepy LaBeef did not record for Sun Records in the '50s, but his reputation as a rockabilly artist might mislead a few buyers into thinking Flying Saucers Rock 'n' Roll is a collection of '50s rockabilly recordings. In reality, this 24-track anthology spans LaBeef's 1970-1979 tenure with Plantation and the reactivated Sun Records. The disc includes LaBeef's lone hit from this period, a cover of Frankie Miller's "Blackland Farmer" that inched onto the country charts in 1971. LaBeef's deep-voiced country efforts sound a bit like Dave Dudley, although, ironically, the resemblance is less pronounced on LaBeef's trucking song, "Asphalt Cowboy." The rockabilly cuts, taken from albums like 1977 Rockabilly and Down Home Rockabilly, don't attempt an "authentic" sound, but are nonetheless fun and rockin' performances that are thankfully untouched by dated production flourishes. All of these tracks are duplicated on Bear Family's six-disc box set Larger Than Life.


Geboren: 20. Juli 1935 in Smackover, AR

Genre: Rock

Jahre aktiv: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Sleepy LaBeef became the ultimate rockabilly survivor, his live performances retaining the same raw power as he approached his eighth decade that they had in the years when he was among the music's pioneers. He was born Thomas Paulsley LaBeff in Smackover, AR. The 6'7" singer has heavily lidded eyes which make him appear half-asleep, hence his nickname. He was raised on a melon farm and grew up hearing both country and blues music. LaBeef moved to Houston at age 18, working at several odd jobs before...
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