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The Legendary Stardust Cowboy


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The Legendary Stardust Cowboy (born Norman Carl Odam on September 5, 1947, in Lubbock, Texas) is an outsider performer who is considered one of the pioneers of the genre that came to be known as psychobilly in the 1960s. While sometimes considered a novelty artist, he regards himself a serious performer.

Odam was interested in space travel from early childhood, recalling that at kindergarten age he “used to look at the moon and told myself that some day man will go to the moon. ” As a teenager he combined his interests in outer space and the American west to create the name “Stardust Cowboy,” adding the word “legendary” because “I am a legend in my own time.” The fact that the initials of “Legendary Star Dust,” LSD, referred to a popular drug at the time was coincidental; he claims to have adopted the name in 1961, before the drug was popularized.
Odam took up music in his high school years as a means toward popularity and impressing girls. Inspired by Chet Atkins he took up guitar and also taught himself to play the bugle. After high school he briefly attended college, majoring in electronics.

While in college Odam had the idea of “writing a wild song that would captivate everybody.” This led to his writing of a song, “Paralyzed,” which he performed at local talent contests. He recorded “Paralyzed” in 1968 in what was apparently a moment of spare time in a recording studio in Fort Worth, Texas.


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