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Billy Adams - Shirley Lee (1965)

(Bobby Lee Trammell )
Australia Australia

B-side on Go!! December 1965. See also the A-side I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself (#49 Melbourne).

Billy Adams (William Tregonning) was former lead singer of Melbourne band The Checkmates and a regular on The Go!! Show.

Adams’s biggest hit was Slow Down Sandy (1965, #12 Melbourne), and another single Dancing In Your Eyes (1966) charted in Brisbane (#24) and Perth (#37).

Further reading: 1. Milesago’s Billy Adams page. 2. The Go!! Show from Bonnie’s Laurie Allen Tribute site [archived page].

Une suggestion de Philippe, merci.

Ricky Nelson - Shirley Lee (1958)

(Bobby Lee Trammell )

On Imperial EP Someday July 1958 by pop idol Ricky (later, Rick) Nelson (1940-1985). He launched his career from his family’s TV sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet but increasingly won respect as an adult in the country-rock genre.

Further reading: Rick Nelson biography by Richie Unterberger at All Music.

Bobby Lee Trammell - Shirley Lee (1957)

(Bobby Lee Trammell )
Original version

Single on Fabor 1957 by Arkansas rockabilly singer-songwriter (1934-2008) whose career was held back by wild behaviour on and off stage. He was later elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives 1997-2002 and stood for the state Senate.

Fabor was an independent Californian label run by Fabor Robison. Shirley Lee was also released on major label ABC-Paramount in January 1958.

As well as Shirley Lee, Bobby Lee Trammell’s compositions were covered by others including Françoise Hardy whose Oh oh chéri (1962) was an adaptation of his Uh Oh (1958).

Further reading: 1. Bobby Lee Trammell biography by Bruce Eder at All Music. 2. Bobby Lee Trammell at Encyclopedia of Arkansas.

Little Buddy - Love Me, Shirley Lee (1958)

(Buddy McKnight)
Red herring

Not the same Shirley Lee.

Single on NRC by its composer Buddy McKnight.