Chanteur Country US né Alexander Lewis Lyerly, le 15 juillet 1929 à Woodleaf (Caroline du Nord). Lou Graham est un ancien compagnon de Bill Haley dans les "Saddlemen". Il a enregistré chez Ghotam (52-53), Clymax (57) et Coral Records (1958). Il est décédé en 1999.

Lou Graham was one of the earlier rockabilly-style artists to show up on record, courtesy of Ivin Ballen's Philadelphia-based Gotham Records. Born in rural North Carolina, and one of 10 children, his full name may have been Lou Graham Lyerly. He showed an early interest in country music, and following a hitch in the United States Navy, he entered radio as a singer and disc jockey. Vocally, he was similar to his somewhat older contemporary Hank Williams. Graham spent 18 months at WPWA in Chester, PA, he made the acquaintance of Bill Haley, leader of a locally-based country band called the Saddlemen, who helped Graham get a recording contract with Gotham. Graham cut "Two Timin' Blues" and "Long Gone Daddy" at a 1951 session with an unknown backing band, but early the next year, he was backed by Bill Haley's Saddlemen on a quartet of sides, "I'm Lonesome," "Sweet Bunch of Roses," "Please Make Up Your Fickle Mind," and "My Heart Tell Me." Graham kept busy working as a deejay at WTNJ in Trenton, NJ, and on television as an announcer, on WDEL in Wilmington, DE. By the late 1950's, he was also working regularly in nightclubs, parks, and western jamborees playing country and hillbilly music, playing on the same bills with Webb Pierce, Hank Thompson, and Ernest Tubb. In 1957, he made his most lasting contribution to recordings with his single "Wee Willie Brown," for the Coral Records label. Krazy Kat Records assembled Graham's Saddlemen sides on album in the 1970's, and Collectables has followed suit with his Gotham output on CD on the compilation Long Gone Daddy.

Talents : Singer, Double Bass

Style musical : Honky Tonk, Rockabilly

LONG GONE DADDY (1952)

Two Timin' Blues (1952)

I'M LONESOME (1952)

A Sweet Bunch Of Roses (1952)

Wee Willie Brown (1957)

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1952 SP GOTHAM G-7416 (US) Long Gone Daddy / Two Timin' Blues
1952 SP GOTHAM G-7429 (US) Lou GRAHAM & The SADDLEMEN - I'm Lonesome / A Sweet Bunch Of Roses
04/1953 SP GOTHAM G-7433 (US) Lou GRAHAM & The SADDLEMEN - My Heart Tells Me / Please Make Up Your Fickle Mind
12/1957 SP CLYMAX 318 (US) Wee Willie Brown / You Were Mean Baby
01/1958 SP CORAL 9-61931 (US) Wee Willie Brown / You Were Mean Baby

Album

1990 CD Collectables COL-5335 (US)

Long Gone Daddy - Two-Timin' Blues (Lou GRAHAM & The Saddlemen) / Long Gone Daddy (Lou GRAHAM & The Saddlemen) / I Just Heard The News (Sammy BLAND & His Carolina Radio Boys) / Our Shotgun Wedding Day (Howington Brothers with The Tennessee Haymakers) / Let's See You Smile (Curt Hinson) / I'll Take Her From The Valley (Bob DEAN & His Hi-Way Wanderers) / Be Bop Boogie (Mustard & Gravy) / Juke Box Baby (Smiley Wilson & His Range Partners) / Roadside Rag (Sleepy McDaniel & His Radio Playboys) / I'm Lonesome (Lou GRAHAM & The Saddlemen) / A Sweet Bunch Of Roses (Lou GRAHAM & The Saddlemen) / Please Make Up Your Fickle Mind (Lou GRAHAM & The Saddlemen) / My Heart Tells Me (Lou GRAHAM & The Saddlemen) / That Ain't In Any Catalog (Mustard & Gravy)

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