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Bobby Lee Trammell

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In spite of his undeniable talent, Bobby Lee Trammell never had a major hit record. His problem was being a little too wild. If only his energies could have been channeled into a positive direction, he might have been a major player in the rock ‘n’ roll field.

Bobby was raised on a small cotton farm in Arkansas by parents who both played instruments. Music was his principal interest from an early age and when Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash played a nearby date in 1956, Bobby Lee was in the first row. Carl allowed him to sing with his band on stage and advised him to go and see Sam Phillips. Bobby travelled to Memphis with a demo tape of some songs he had written, but good ole Sam, being a busy man, didn’t have time to attend to him properly. He told Bobby to keep rehearsing and to come back in two or three weeks. Being an impatient kid, Trammell was not prepared to wait (a decision he still regrets today) and instead headed off to the West Coast to seek his fortune there. He found work at the Ford Motor Assembly Plant in Longbeach, California, and later landed a job as a singer at the Jubilee Ballroom in Baldwin Park. It was there that he was spotted by veteran country promoter Fabor Robinson, who owned the Fabor, Abbott and Radio labels.

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