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Bobby Fuller remains among the most underrated rock 'n' rollers of all time. Though his version of Sonny Curtis' "I Fought the Law" has been enshrined as a classic, there's much more to explore and enjoy. Each volume of this El Paso Rock series has enough highlights to warrant its inclusion in any serious rock 'n' roll fan's collection. His debts to fellow Texan Buddy Holly are obvious, but Fuller takes those influences and builds on them in a rich catalog of nearly three-minute classics. Whether he's rocking out ("Summertime Blues/Somethin' Else") or delivering a sweet ballad ("A New Shade of Blue"), there's a sense of inspiration and commitment that extends well beyond professionalism. His crystalline electric guitar sound is iconic, and his vocals are pure and unaffected. Don't let the Volume 3 tag fool you into thinking this is a set of leftovers. It's every bit as essential as the previous volumes, with studio and live recordings mixed together for a solid musical overview of Fuller's sizable talents. 


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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