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Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats
     

Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats

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by Bobby Poe
 
"Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats" is the true story of four young men that catch Rock 'n' Roll fever when Elvis Presley bursts upon the music scene in the 1950's. As one of the first and few interracial bands in an era of segregation, the inspiring story of Bobby Poe and his band shows how the power of music can triumph in every person's life.

Overview

"Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats" is the true story of four young men that catch Rock 'n' Roll fever when Elvis Presley bursts upon the music scene in the 1950's. As one of the first and few interracial bands in an era of segregation, the inspiring story of Bobby Poe and his band shows how the power of music can triumph in every person's life.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012348272
Publisher:
Kansoma
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
49 KB

Meet the Author

(Edited from Wikipedia) Bobby Poe (April 13, 1933-January 22, 2011), also known as The Poe Kat, had a long and varied career in the music business. He was born in Vinita, Oklahoma. In the mid-1950s he formed Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats, which featured African-American piano player Big Al Downing and lead guitar player Vernon Sandusky. Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats were also Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson's first Rock and Roll backing band. They toured with Wanda and also can be found on her early Capitol Records recordings, including the Rockabilly classic "Let's Have A Party". Bobby, Wanda, Big Al and Vernon are all members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats got the attention of Sam Phillips of Sun Records with their first recorded track, "Rock and Roll Record Girl". Based on the music of the old standard "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy", "Rock and Roll Record Girl" was at first blocked from release by Wesley Rose of Acuff-Rose because of that fact. By the time all of the legal hurdles were cleared, Sam Phillips was no longer interested in releasing the track. Instead, Dallas, Texas radio personality Jim Lowe stepped in and released the single on his White Rock Records label. "Rock and Roll Record Girl" backed with "Rock and Roll Boogie" became a #1 single in the state of Texas. After one more single for Jim Lowe's White Rock Records entitled "Piano Nellie", under the name of Bobby Brant and The Rhythm Rockers, Bobby Poe gave up his career as an artist to become an artist manager. His first client was Big Al Downing. In the 1960s, Poe moved to the Washington, D.C. area and expanded his operation. He managed and co-produced The Chartbusters, which featured his old bandmate Vernon Sandusky. The Chartbusters scored a Top 40 hit in 1964 with their recording "She's The One". Tom Hanks was quoted in People Magazine as saying The Chartbusters were one of the influences for his film "That Thing You Do!". Poe also co-managed The British Walkers, which featured Bobby Howard and guitarist Roy Buchanan. In 1968, Poe again switched gears and started several music tip sheets for music industry insiders and radio stations. The most successful tip sheet was Pop Music Survey, which grew significantly when Poe began an annual music convention. After 25 successful conventions, Poe retired in 1996. In March 2009 Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.

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