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Jack Scott & Sleepy LaBeef

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Jack Scott & Sleepy LaBeef

Stars of Rockabilly

 

In December 2019, within days of each other, we lost Jack Scott & Sleepy LaBeef

I have a photo of both of them in my lounge room opposite side of the fireplace, and I find it so heartbreaking that they have gone and in days of each other.

What I can do however is celebrate music they gave us, thats the best way to mourn legends of   music.

So let’s do that now

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Sleepy LaBeef

July 20, 1935 – December 26, 2019

Sleepy LaBeef

 

By the way Sleepy was a sweet humble man with a bigger career than most know,  a career that spanned over 60 years that lead to the release of multiple singles and records. Sleepy was still performing and, enjoyed traveling countries all over the world, averaging 200 – 300 shows a year through his career..

Nickname Sleepy. because of his sleepy eyes, he started out in the 1950’s, starting off with  a Gospel, blue’s and country sound before moving on to a more rockabilly sound later on. Sleepy LaBeef has recorded with Sun records, Columbia, Mercury and Starday. Also another name he was called was the “Human Jukebox” down to his extensive knowledge of songs.

He has been featured in Peter Guralnick’s “Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians.”

and played a part ( as the clip below ) as the monster in  “The Exotic Ones,” also released as “The Monster and the Stripper,”

Check out Sleepy LaBeef on Bear records Sleepy LaBeef

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Jack Scott

January 24, 1936 – December 12, 2019

Jack Scott rockabilly

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Much loved Jack Scott, a huge favourite in the rockabilly world, a cool cat with the finest tunes, will surely be missed and was a pleasure to see him slaying it, at Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly festival.

Born in Windsor Canada and moving to Michigan at a young age, At the age of 18, he formed the Southern Drifters and 3 years later got his 1st record deal.

In the 1950s Jack achieved 19 in hits in 41 months, 7 of those on one album alone, probably the greatest rock n roll singer of his time from Canada. He received his first gold record by selling over a million hits for his double sided record – Leroy and My True Love

A country singer before he discovered Rockabilly, after discovering Elvis, his vocal range was exceptional and could cover rockabilly, rock and roll, country-soul, gospel & blues, he was an exceptional singer and should have been even bigger than what he was.

 

Associated record labels 

ABC-Paramount, Carlton, Top Rank, Capitol, RCA, GRT , Dot, Groove, Jubilee, Gusto, London, Harvest

 

Jack Scott performed on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand

 

2004:   Scott was inducted into the Michigan Country Hall of Fame

2006:   The Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson Tenn

2007:  The Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.

2011:    Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

 

Check out a collection of Jack Scott music on Jack Scott at Bear Records

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