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BOBBY FULLER

BOBBY FULLER

the music...the book

 
 
 


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 BOBBY FULLER - EL PASO ROCK EARLY RECORDINGS VOLUME ONE

(Norton 252) Norton Records is proud to announce the first volume in its series chronicling the wild early El Paso rock n' roll scene, beginning with the legendary first recordings of Bobby Fuller! This first volume collects rare 45's, inc. original '64 pre-hit version of I Fought The Law that Bobby first ished on his own Exeter label + unreleased demos, live recordings! Bobby Fuller, heir apparent to Buddy Holly, experimented with his own home recording rig, producing wild instrumentals, raving rockers & heartfelt ballads, all marked with his restless signature sound! 28-page booklet w/complete bio! Get KICKS #6 for big Fuller tale! More rarities to come in this series!

El Paso Rock (live) / Shakedown / Guess We'll Fall In Love / Rock House / Unreliable Irresistable Girl / I Fought The Law (Texas version) / To Make Love Last / Summertime Blues / Eastwood High Dance Radio Spot / Angel Face (live) / Bodine / Stringer / Nervous Breakdown / Nancy Jean / Pamela / Keep A Knockin' / You Made Me Cry / Do You Wanna Dance / The Chase / Only For You / Keep On Dancing / You're In Love / King Of The Beach / Live medley: Louie Louie / Farmer John / Jennie Lee (Do The Jerk With Me)

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BOBBY FULLER - EL PASO ROCK MORE EARLY RECORDINGS VOLUME TWO

(Norton 260) OH, YES! It's here! The explosive second volume of early El Paso recordings on the great revered Rock n' Roll King of the Southwest! Incl. giant selection of never before issued live mayhem from Texas teen clubs, shopping centers, bowling alleys circa 1962-64 plus insane home recordings! From savage instrumentals to Buddy Hollyesque ballads to suds-soaked surf attacks to burly crowd pleasers, the legend lives on! All in illustrious master tape quality! Giant 28-page bio booklet includes never seen photos, detailed interviews with original band members, friends & fans, plus scrapbook gems, handwritten lyrics, etc! A flat-out total monster bash!

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On* / 2000 Lb. Bee* / Fool Of Love / Linda Lu / Shanghai'd* / Wine Wine Wine / Baby I Don't Care* / Not Fade Away / Miserlou* / It's Love Come What May* / Donna / Lonely Sea* / Lolita* / Saturday Night / I Can't Live Without Your Love / Things We Said Today* / Night Train* / A Boy In Love / Peggy Sue* / Pamela* / Take My Word / Pipeline* / Birthday Cake (Keep Your Hands Off Of It)* / My Own True Love

(*=live)

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LONG JOHN HUNTER - OOH WEE PRETTY BABY

(Norton 270) Oh, yes, finally in Nortophonic Loud Sound, the original Yucca masters come to life with enough stomp blues wail to set ya pants afire! The real deal gittar man who started the whole El Paso Rock deal rollin' is now on Norton with his early greasy SW grinders! Get thee ready to salivate aplenty! Catch Long John in action on tour & holler for all his Yucca/Norton wildies! He's sure to oblige!

El Paso Rock / Ride With Me Baby / Border Town Blues / Flippin' Fingers / Midnight Stroll / Hey Mrs. Jones / Shuffle Out / School Girl / So Long / The Scratch / Betty Lou / Strange Feeling / Grandma / I Wanna Love You / Old Red / Stop What You're Doin' / Ole Rattler / Slash / Come On / I Don't Care / Betty Lou (alt)  

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BOBBY FULLER - EL PASO ROCK EARLY RECORDINGS VOLUME THREE

(Norton 318) The long awaited third volume of Texas-era recordings from Bobby Fuller & the Fanatics, including a mess of sensational unissued live recordings and rarities!

I Fought The Law / You Made Me Cry / Nervous Breakdown / Wolfman / Jenny Lee (Do The Jerk WIth Me) / Nancy Jean / Summertime Blues / Somethin' Else / Thunder / A New Shade Of Blue / New Orleans/Little Bitty Pretty One / Only For You / Wine Wine WIne / You Kiss Me / Skag / Let Her Dance / Saturday Night / She's My Girl / Pretty Girls Everywhere / Faraway / Pamela / The Fanatic / Do You Wanna Dance / Nervous Breakdown / Nancy Jean / California Sun

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BOBBY FULLER - ROCK AND ROLL KING OF THE SOUTHWEST

(Norton 325) We heard your call and we're heeding the needy - here comes Bobby Fuller and the Fanatics on black wax full lengths - all recorded in his garage studio on Album Avenue in El Paso, Texas. Dig our obsession with the Bobby and with the great teen stomp combos of the Southwest with our wax series on the scene, starting right here!

I Fought The Law / Shakedown / Unreliable Irresistible Girl / Summertime Blues / Fool Of Love / Pamela / Only For You / Saturday Night / King Of The Beach / Rock House / You Made Me Cry / Keep On Dancing / Nancy Jean / Nervous Breakdown / A New Shade Of Blue / I Fought The Law

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BOBBY FULLER - BOBBY FULLER LIVE!!!

(Norton 326) Bobby Fuller was making records, running a night club, and dragging a professional recording deck to his shows in Texas years before he made any records outside of his home state. Check out this astonishing sampling of live sounds and prepare yourselves for another upcoming volume of mayhem from West Texas!

El Paso Rock / Angel Face / (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care / Night Train / It's Love Come What May / Miserlou / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Peggy Sue / Pamela / 2000 Lb. Bee / Wine Wine Wine / Louie Louie / Farmer John / Jenny Lee (Do The Jerk With Me)

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THUNDER: EL PASO ROCK VOLUME FOUR

(Norton 371) Available on CD and LP!

AL SIMS AND THE ALPINE TWO Party / MAX ALEXANDER AND THE HIFI COMBO Little Rome /DON GUESS AND THE ROCK KINGS Finders Keepers / BOB TAYLOR AND THE COUNTS Taylor’s Rock / BOB TAYLOR AND THE COUNTS Don’t Be Unfair / BOB TAYLOR AND THE COUNTS Child Of Fortune / BOB TAYLOR AND THE COUNTS Thunder / BOB TAYLOR AND THE COUNTS Jill* / JOHNNY GARMON AND THE SHADOWS You’re Wrong / JOHNNY GARMON AND THE SHADOWS The Shadows Dance / JOHNNY GARMON AND THE SHADOWS Since I Found You / DON ORR AND THE ORIGINAL ROCKETS Sarah Jane* / AL SIMS Green Gater Ater / ROCK KINGS Runaway / JERRY BRIGHT AND THE EMBERS Be Mine / JERRY BRIGHT AND THE EMBERS Jim’s Jive

(* = previously unissued)

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THE TROUBLED STREETS: EL PASO ROCK VOLUME FIVE

DON ORR AND THE ORIGINAL ROCKETS Sarah Jane* / NIGHT PEOPLE The Troubled Streets / FRANK THAYER AND THE LYONALS Long Grey Highway / FRANK THAYER The Glory Of Her Love* / FORTUNES Lonely Teardrops / FRANK THAYER AND THE LYONALS Evening Shadows / FRANK THAYER Yes I’ll Be Blue* / JERRY BELL AND THE ORIGINAL ROCKETS Bacardi / SONNY WALLACE Black Cadillac / JOE RICHIE Across The Bay / NIGHT PEOPLE Lonely Before Dawn / RAVONS I Love You Baby* / RHYTHM HEIRS Cradle Rock / DON ORR AND THE ORIGINAL ROCKETS Sarah Jane* / BILL TAYLOR AND THE SHERWOODS You Hold My Letters (Not Me) (demo version)* / JERRY BELL AND THE ORIGINAL ROCKETS Jungle Bunny

(* = previously unissued)

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BLACK OUT: EL PASO ROCK VOLUME SIX

(Norton 373) The teenagers of El Paso must have nursed on rocket fuel and chili peppers! This set serves up the earliest recordings of Bobby Fuller, from the vaults of Yucca, plus his home studio recordings of local kings like the Chancellers, the Sherwoods, and the Pawns. Local cats round out this volumes with rompin’ and stompin’ that is impossible to beat. Available on CD and LP, like all of the EL PASO ROCK series. Collect them all!

BOBBY FULLER Say Honey* / BOBBY FULLER You’re In Love / BOBBY FULLER Eastwood High Dance Radio Spot* / BOBBY FULLER Guess We’ll Fall In Love / CHANCELLERS Judy / BILL TAYLOR AND THE SHERWOODS You Hold My Letters (Not Me) / SHERWOODS Tickler / SHERWOODS Black Out / D.Y. AND THE MOTIVATERS Hold It / PAWNS The Pawn / PAWNS South Bay / DAVID HAYES AND THE PAWNS Lonely / D.Y. AND MOTIVATERS Hot Rod Ford / SHERWOODSPodunk* / SHERWOODS Tickler (demo version)* / FRANK GONZALES AND THE PALISADES Sweet Surfin’ Little Girl / FRANK GONZALES AND THE PALISADESDance To The Palisades

(* = previously unissued)

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TERRY MANNING AND THE WILD ONES: EL PASO ROCK VOLUME SEVEN

(Norton 374) Legendary producer Terry Manning grew up in El Paso, with his eyes and ears glued on his hero Bobby Fuller. Steeped and stewed in local rock n’ roll sounds, Terry, and his teenage garage combo the Wild Ones, recorded their version of the burgeoning early 60’s Southwest ruckus. Terry came across this lost tape box recently and brought it home to Norton to hitch another piece onto the expanding El Paso rock n’ roll puzzle. Norton’s EL PASO ROCK series is available on LP and CD. Collect them all!

Nervous Breakdown / Memphis /Just This Once / You’re In Love / Hey Baby /Sweet Little Sixteen / Boney Maronie / Mathilda / Across The Bay / Forever Christine / Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) / Patty Baby / Way Down Yonder In New Orleans / The Dog

(all titles previously unissued)

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EL VAMPIRO: EL PASO ROCK VOLUME EIGHT

(Norton 375) Here’s the latest in our popular EL PASO ROCK series! This special volume features seventeen roaring 1963-64 surf instrumentals – eight of them previously unissued! Ride the wild sand with the Monarcs, Torquetts, Los Vampiranos and more! No letting up here with EL PASO ROCK! Norton’s EL PASO ROCK series is available on LP and CD. Collect them all!

MONARCS Sour Grapes* / TORQUETTS (Who’s Got The) Tortillas / TORQUETTS Side-Swiped / TORQUETTS Bacardi / LOS VAMPIRANOS El Vampiro / CHUCK SLEDGE White Heat* / CHUCK SLEDGE La Bamba* / CHUCK SLEDGE Caterpillar Crawl* / FORTUNES Chi-Wa-Wa /  MONARCS Talisman* / MONARCS Forever Lost / KEY MEN Sun-Burstin’ / KEY MEN Up To News / COUNTS Surfers Paradise / COUNTS Chug-A-Lug / EMBERS Canutillo Stomp* / MONARCS Sour Grapes (alternate take)* / MONARCS Talisman (alternate take)*

(* = previously unissued)

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SAND SURFIN': EL PASO ROCK VOLUME NINE

(Norton 376) Our El Paso series wraps up with a 1964-67 set equally divided between surf stomps and garage monsters including rarities from the Suemi, goldust and Frog Death labels!

FOUR DIMENSIONS - Sand Surfin' / STEVE COOPER AND THE AVANTIS - Sky Diver / BEACH NUTS - The Last Ride / SCAVENGERS - Ghost Riders '65 / FOUR FROGS - Mr. Big / EMBERS - I'm Goin' Surfin' / BEACH NUTS - Surf Beat '65 / IMPOSTERS - Wipe In / SCAVENGERS - Bogus / THINGS - My Love / CELTICS - And She'll Cry / DANNY AND THE COUNTS - You Need Love / PITIFUL PANICS - Why I Cry / WILD ONES - I Want To Be Friendly / DAVID CAFLAN - You Came To Me / OUTER LIMITS - Don't Need You No More / MIKE RENOLDS AND THE INFANTS OF SOUL - When Will I Find Her

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#6 BOBBY FULLER SLEEVE

Limited Edition Hurricane Sandy sleeves featuring drawings by comic artist Avi Spivak (of Kicksville Confidential) -- Collect all ten! Get 'em before they're gone!

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LONG JOHN HUNTER - HEY MRS. JONES / BETTY LOU

(45-082) Two early 60's Yucca label uptempo rompin' blues ultra-rarities feature the string bustin' antics of Long John! In boss sepia sleeve! Get our new LP/CD 270 on LJH - insane longplayer of his raw and roarin' Yucca label masterpieces!

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BOBBY FULLER AND THE FANATICS - STRINGER / THE CHASE 

(45-163) Pummeling surf instrumental twin spin from Bobby's El Paso home studio! Unbeatable! 

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BOBBY FULLER - I FOUGHT THE LAW / A NEW SHADE OF BLUE

(45-187) 1964 version recorded in Bobby's El Paso home studio! Pre-dates the Exeter and Mustang releases! First time on 45!

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BOB TAYLOR AND THE COUNTS - DON'T BE UNFAIR/BOBBY FULLER - SAY HONEY

(45-884) Monster El Paso rock and roll! One of the wildest! Flip is an outtake from Fullers first 45 session! 

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LONG JOHN HUNTER - EL PASO ROCK/LONG JOHN HUNTER - RIDE WITH ME BABY

(45-885) Explosive guitar driven border town R&B! Classic top deck (later covered by Bobby Fuller) b/w unissued rocker! 

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BOB TAYLOR AND THE COUNTS - TAYLOR'S ROCK/BOB TAYLOR AND THE COUNTS - THUNDER

(45-886) Pounding instrumentals from El Paso teen royalty! Flip is from a different session than on LP version! 

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DON ORR AND THE ORIGINAL ROCKETS - SARAH JANE/SONNY WALLACE - BLACK CADILLAC

(45-887) Two killer rockers! Frantic unissued top side b/w tense, brooding sleazer! 

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CHUCK SLEDGE - WHITE HEAT/STEVE COOPER AND THE AVANTIS - SKY DIVER

(45-888) Brutal unissued heavy reverb surf pounder coupled with rare 1966 blaster! Two great El Paso instrumentals! 

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KICKS BOOKS GOODS

 

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 I FOUGHT THE LAW: THE LIFE & STRANGE DEATH OF BOBBY FULLER

The first and only authorized biography of West Texas legend Bobby Fuller, "Rock And Roll King Of The Southwest", as told through the eyes of his brother and bandmate Randell-- Randy Fuller.  Fuller's teenage home garage recordings are pure, wild and heartstopping anthems that pushed him into the Hollywood big leagues where he was no longer in control of his music and career. The title song, plus Let Her DanceAnother Sad And Lonely NightShakedown and so many others are all world-class rock and roll favorites. He wrote the songs, recorded them in a garage studio that he built with Randy, released them on his own record labels, promoted and supported them himself, and opened his own teenage night club in El Paso. He was the king of the scene, and soon found himself bound for the coast where he wanted to bring his vision to a larger audience. This book tells the story of his early years, through the Texas teen days, and into the last eighteen months of his life when his career skyrocketed into the music charts, television and the movies, and he became an unwilling pawn to powerbrokers with little regard for his talent. He was found dead in a car, doused in gasoline, in July of 1966.

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 I FOUGHT THE LAW: THE LIFE & STRANGE DEATH OF BOBBY FULLER (LIMITED PROOF SIGNED BOX EDITION)

(KBM1) I FOUGHT THE LAW: THE LIFE AND STRANGE DEATH OF BOBBY FULLER by Randell Fuller and Miriam Linna

Numbered, first print uncorrected proof with ONE of FOUR 4 x 5 signed book plates. Book plates come in four colors, suitable for framing. Shipped with gold foil space age plastic presentation box 6.5 x 10 gift box, poster, and record spindle. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of original El Paso version of I Fought The Law, this biography of West Texas legend Bobby Fuller, "Rock And Roll King Of The Southwest", is told through the eyes of his brother and bandmate Randell-- Randy Fuller.  Fuller's teenage home garage recordings are pure, wild and heartstopping anthems that pushed him into the Hollywood big leagues where he was no longer in control of his music and career. The title song, plus Let Her DanceAnother Sad And Lonely NightShakedown and so many others are all world-class rock and roll favorites. Bobby Fuller wrote the songs, recorded them in a garage studio that he built with Randy, released them on his own record labels, promoted and supported them himself, and opened his own teenage night club in El Paso. He was the king of the scene, and soon found himself bound for the coast where he wanted to bring his vision to a larger audience. This book tells the story of his early years, through the Texas teen days, and into the last eighteen months of his life when his career skyrocketed into the music charts, television and the movies, and he became an unwilling pawn to powerbrokers with little regard for his talent. He was found dead in a car, doused in gasoline, in July of 1966.

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I FOUGHT THE LAW FRAGRANCE PERFUME BOBBY FULLER

I FOUGHT THE LAW PERFUME FRAGRANCE  50th Anniversary Edition! One precocious half ounce, equal parts Texas glory, Hollywood glitz and NYC sizzle. Ltd promotional fragrance. Bodacious allure for both he and she, not for the timid! Packaged in Kicks Perfume signature red box with plastic yellow record spindle commemorating the release of "I Fought The Law" on Exeter Records in 1964. Bottled in exquisite Italian flacon.

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