Chanteur Country US né le 1er Mars 1935 à Gonzales (Texas). Al Urban pratiquait un attrayant style Hillbilly rehaussé parfois de guitare Rockabilly. Al est devenu un compositeur de talent, notamment pour Charley Pride. Al Urban est décédé le 18 Janvier 2012.

Al Urban was born on a farm in Gonzales, Texas, on March 1, 1935. He began playing the guitar in his mid-teens and formed his first band, The Daybreakers, in the early fifties and obtained a regular gig at the popular Log Cabin Inn north of Luling. In 1956, Urban recorded his original songs Lookin’ For Money and I Don’t Want To Be Alone at Gold Star Studio in Houston. Al sent the master Tape to Charlie Fitch who agreed to release it on Sarg Records. The record debuted on November 30, 1956 receiving rave reviews from Billboard magazine. It was a modest hit and sold respectably. Urban was invited to appear on the Louisiana Hayride on the strength of the single. He was a prolific songwriter often returning to Bill Quinn’s Gold Star Studio on his own dime to record his compositions. George Jones was using the same studio during the same period and the two often shared the same backing band. Charlie Fitch released four more Urban records and passed on several others. Disgruntled with Fitch, Urban started his own label, Fang to promote his releases, and eventually recorded for several other small labels as well, including Kash and Tennessee. He continued to be an active performer, but tiring of the nightly grind; he began concentrating more on songwriting. His windfall came in 1971 when Charley Pride recorded several of his songs including the hit ,I’m Beginning to Believe My Own Lies that was included on the Grammy award winning album Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs.

Talents : Singer, Guitar, Songwriter

Style musical : Traditional Country, Rockabilly

LOOKIN' FOR MONEY (1957)

GONNA BE BETTER TIMES (1958)

WON'T TELL YOU HER NAME (1958)

RUN AWAY (1958)

BROKEN HEARTED HOUSE (?)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

01/1957 SP SARG 148-45 (US) . Lookin' For Money / I Don't Want To Be Alone
04/1958 SP SARG 158-45 (US) . Al URBAN / Hal HARRIS, Lead Guitar - Gonna Be Better Times / Won't Tell You Her Name
1958 SP A.P.U. APU 201 (US) .

Run Away / Back To My Old Life

05/1960 SP SARG 174-45 (US) .

Street Of Memories / The Last Heartache

04/1963 SP FANG 1003 (US) .

To Die One More Time / It's Just Not My Day

196? SP FANG FG-1001 (US) .

I Watched From The Window /  Lonely Life

196? SP FANG FG-1002 (US) .

My Old Friend The Blues / Getting Over You

1964 ? SP Ka$h K-46-1014 (US)

I'm Just The Mirror (That Hangs Behind The Bar) / The Book Of Fools

1985 SP Ace ‎PROMO 6 (UK) (promo)

Pink Cadillac (Johnny TODD) / Lookin' For Money (Al URBAN)




Unissued Track

1957 ? Unissued - (Collector CD 4413 (#5)) Lookin' For Money (alt. vers.)

Album

12/2008 CD AL URBAN ? (US) I JUST DROPPED IN TO SAY GOODBYE - I Just Dropped In To Say Goodbye / Used Wedding Rings / Broken Hearted House / T.I.M.E. / Country Songs And Angels / If I Paid The Band To Stay / Fires Of Love / When The Trains Come In / Two Of A Kind / I Already See San Antone / The Good Old Days

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