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Bobby Fuller rocked. Much like his hero, fellow Texan Buddy Holly, Fuller showed the world what could be done with simple, three-chord rock 'n' roll. He played it with a ferocity that brought out the best in the genre, and the various El Paso Rock collections show just how much great music Fuller produced. The nearly five-minute take of Long John Hunter's "El Paso Rock," recorded live, is a bit of an anomaly, considering Fuller rarely broke the three-minute mark. His talent was in bringing forth a powerful Fender Stratocaster electric guitar sound and matching it with strong melodies and harmonies, in line with what the British Invasion groups took from early rock 'n' roll. These "Early Recordings" are those of a fully developed artist. Tunes like "Guess We'll Fall in Love," "To Make Love Last," and "Pamela"—plus covers of big hits like "Summertime Blues," "Do You Wanna Dance," and "Louie Louie"—show off Fuller's obvious talents. There's even an early version of his future hit, Sonny Curtis' "I Fought the Law," where Fuller has all the pieces in place but not yet the magical production. Essential! 


Born: October 22, 1942 in Baytown, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

With his blatant reverence for Buddy Holly, fellow Texan Bobby Fuller was a bit of an anomaly in the mid-'60s. Wielding a Stratocaster guitar and a brash, full sound, at his best Fuller sounded like Holly might have, had he survived into the '60s. Cracking the Top 30 in 1966 with a cover of Holly's "Love's Made a Fool of You" and the Top Ten with "I Fought the Law" (written by one-time Cricket Sonny Curtis), Fuller had just become a star when he died in mysterious circumstances in a parked car in...
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