Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fred Horrell on Sahara

Fred Horrell

16675 - Lawdy, Miss Claudy (Lloyd Price, Venice Music BMI)
16676 - Tell Me (G. Bass,- F.Horrell, Lyn-Lou Music BMI)

Sahara Records
1217 College St.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri


At the age of 18, encouraged by his friends, Fred Horrell entered a talent contest at Onie Wheeler's Ozark Corrall. He won first place singing Roy Orbison's "Ooby Dooby". From there he joined Mert Mirly and the Rhythm Steppers as lead vocalist. (Fred is featured on their 1960 Spinning Records release "My First Broken Heart" / "Hey Little Lola")

In 1960, Fred left the Rhythm Steppers and formed his own band "The Flames". Fred and the band were in demand and began to travel out of the midwest. In 1961, the Bill Black's Combo hired him to tour with them. After his return, back with the Flames again, they traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to record "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" at Bill Black’s studio. The record was engineered by Larry Rogers.

The Rhythm Steppers
Charlie Thurman, Fred Horrell, Mert Mirly, Terry Heuer, Gene Casey

Picture credit and link : Fred Horrell website


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