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Eddie Bond Biography

Edward James Bond, 1 July 1933, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Bond first sang on local Memphis radio and television in 1955 and released his first single, ‘Double Duty Lovin’’/‘Talking Off The Wall’, on Ekko that year. He worked with Elvis Presley and Johnny Horton on Shreveport’s Louisiana Hayride and in 1957/8, he recorded six tracks in Memphis for Sam Phillips at Sun Records. In the late 50s, he recorded rockabilly songs for Diplomat and Mercury Records, in later years claiming that his producers had changed his style to rockabilly, and insisted that, influenced by the sound of Carl Smith, he was always a country boy at heart. On 29 January 1962, he returned to the Sun studios and with session men including steel guitarist John Hughey, he first recorded 14 gospel tracks, followed by a further 16 others, which varied from rockabilly to country numbers such as ‘Back Street Affair’. Eleven of the gospel tracks found release on Philips Records but only three of the others, which included ‘Rockin’ Daddy’, were issued at the time. He continued to appear on various programmes including the Grand Ole Opry and the Big D Jamboree and in 1966, he was a regular on the televisedCountry Shindig. He recorded for numerous minor labels, including his own Tab, Millionaire and Diplomat and, in 1974, having been involved with law enforcement for some time, he even stood for the post of local Sheriff. In the late 80s, this astute businessman and local Memphis personality also owned and ran a local radio station.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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