Personalities | Big Al Downing | Rockabilly | Country

(Vocals, piano, 1940–2005)

One of the few black rockabilly performers, Downing – from Lenapah, Oklahoma – was in fact a musical chameleon who tried just about every style of popular music during his long career. While a member of The Poe-Kats he played piano on several Wanda Jackson rockabilly recordings, as well as cut rockers himself for different labels – without success. He charted in later years after re-inventing himself first as a soul and later a country artist. He died from leukaemia.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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