Personalities | Warren Smith | Rockabilly | Country
(Vocals, guitar, 1933–80)
Smith was born near Yazoo City, Mississippi and recorded rockabilly for Sun. The likes of ‘Ubangi Stomp’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Ruby’ are now perceived as classics but only the more restrained ‘So Long I’m Gone’ made the national charts. He moved to California and cut a string of country hits for Liberty in 1960–64, before a car wreck curtailed his career. He re-emerged in Britain singing rockabilly again in 1977, but died of a heart attack three years later.
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