Chanteur Rockabilly US né le 27
Novembre 1924 à Folsom (Louisiane). Werly Fairburn a enregistré pendant les années cinquante pour les labels
Trumpet (53), Capitol (54-55), Columbia (55-56), Savoy (56-57), Milestone (62) et après une longue éclipse chez Paula Records en 1967. Profondément marqué par la Country Music, le Vocals de Werly était le plus souvent soutenu par un piano Hillbilly Boogie, une batterie assez prononcée, l'inévitable guitare électrique et parfois une contrebasse slappée.
Il a travaillé pour la radio WWEZ de New Orleans (Louisiane) en 1955 et fut un
chanteur régulier au Louisiana Hayride (KWKH) de Shreveport (Louisiane) en
1958. Werly Fairburn est décédé le 18 Janvier 1985.
Werly Fairburn is remembered today as one of the lost legends of rockabilly, but in his own time, his music had a direct influence on country legend Jim Reeves, and he was sufficiently popular to earn his living as a country performer, without ever generating a national hit record. Fairburn recorded for four labels — Trumpet, Capitol, Columbia, and Savoy — during the '50s, but his earliest (and always principal) fame came from the radio, where he was both a deejay and a performer. Known as "the Singing Deejay" (and, before that, as "the Singing Barber") on New Orleans radio in the late '40s, he put together his own group, the Delta Boys, with whom he recorded during the '50s.
Fairburn was born in 1924 near Folsom, LA, the son of a farmer of Cherokee, Scots, Irish, and English ancestry. He grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry on radio on Saturday nights with the family, and his father (who died in 1937, when Werly was 13) bought a guitar for his sons. Werly showed the greatest interest and competed with his older brothers to learn the instrument. He and his brothers learned to play from an elderly Black man who lived nearby, teaching them blues licks, which they adapted to the hillbilly sounds they heard on the radio.
With the outbreak of World War II, 17-year-old Fairburn — who was married by then — left the family farm to take a job in New Orleans at the Higgins Shipyard. He enlisted in the Navy and joined its maintenance division in 1943, spending the war serving in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was while in the service that Fairburn began thinking about trying music as a career, but as a precaution, he also got training as a barber when he returned to New Orleans. Music became an avocation, something he did in his spare time, but his style — heavily influence by both Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams, but also by New Orleans-style R&B — was attractive enough to get him a spot on WJBW radio broadcasting from his own barber shop.
Thus, in 1948, Faiburn first became known to the local public as the Singing Barber. His broadcasting career continued on WWEZ in New Orleans, and he became the Singing Deejay. Subsequently, he enrolled in a local music school to formalize his playing and understanding of music. During the early '50s, he also made his recording debut on Lillian McMurry's Trumpet Records, best known as the early home of Sonny Boy Williamson II. The highlight of his association with the legendary blues label was "Camping With Marie," an upbeat proto-rockabilly-style number that later became regarded as a classic of the music's formative years.
His music was basically country but was done with a beat that made it accessible and even pleasing to younger rockabilly and rock 'n roll fans. His 1956 Columbia single "Everybody's Rockin' " is considered a quintessential example of rockabilly music. Fairburn was a favorite performer locally in New Orleans and had an audience as far away as Dallas, where he appeared on the Big D Jamboree, even without a hit record of his own. His music was heavily influenced by New Orleans R&B, and his stage repertory included pieces like Fats Domino's "All By Myself." Fairburn's openness to those sounds — coupled with his professional flexibility — may have helped him adapt when rock & roll hit in the mid-'50s. Unlike a lot of post-twenty year old country artists, who sounded awkward trying to reach out to the youth market, Fairburn took naturally to rockabilly.
In 1964, he was performing one of his own songs, "I Guess I'm Crazy," on the Louisiana Hayride when it was heard by his friend Jim Reeves. Reeves decided to record the song himself, and "I Guess I'm Crazy" was the single that was in release when Reeves' plane went down on July 31, 1964. Fairburn's success in the Southeast didn't follow him when he moved to California in the '60s, but he kept performing steadily, almost up until his death from lung cancer in 1985. In 1994, Bear Family Records released a CD assembling Fairburn's classic sides entitled Everybody's Rockin' and a live performance of Fairburn doing "All By Myself" at the Big D Jamboree in the mid-'50s surfaced on CD in 2000.
Talents : Singer, Guitar
Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll, Traditional Country
EVERYBODY'S ROCKIN' (1956)
I'M A FOOL ABOUT YOUR LOVE (1956)
I'M JEALOUS (1956) (unissued)
MY HEART'S ON FIRE (1957)
TELEPHONE BABY (1957)
Years in activity :
Singles & EP
|05/1953||SP TRUMPET 45-195 (US)||.||Werley FAIRBURN "The DELTA BALLADEER" - Camping With Marie / Let's Think It Over|
|07/1953||SP TRUMPET 196 (US)||.||I Feel Like Cryin' / Baby, Call On Me|
|04/1954||SP CAPITOL F2640 (US)||.||Good Deal, Lucille / Baby He's A Wolf|
|05/1954||SP CAPITOL F2770 (US)||.||Baby, He's A Wolf / Good Deal, Lucille|
|07/1954||SP CAPITOL F2844 (US)||.||Love Spelled Backwards Is Evol / Nothin' But Lovin'|
|10/1954||SP CAPITOL F2963 (US)||.||Prison Cell Of Love / I Feel Like Cryin'|
|04/1955||SP CAPITOL F3101 (US)||.||It's A Cold, Weary World / Spiteful Heart|
|08/1955||SP COLUMBIA 4-21432 (US)||.||I Guess I'm Crazy (For Loving You) / That Sweet Love Of Mine|
|01/1956||SP COLUMBIA 4-21483 (US)||.||Broken Hearted Me / Stay Colose To Me|
|06/1956||SP COLUMBIA 4-21528 (US)||.||Everybody's Rockin' / It's Heaven|
|10/1956||SP SAVOY 45-1503 (US)||.||Werley FAIRBURN & The DELTA BOYS - All The Time / I'm A Fool About Your Love|
|03/1957||SP SAVOY 45-1509 (US)||.||My Heart's On Fire / Speak To Me Baby|
|09/1957||SP SAVOY 45-1521 (US)||.||Telephone Baby / No Blues Tomorrow|
|08/1962||SP MILESTONE 2013 (US)||.||You Are My Sunshine / Doggone That Moon|
|1965||SP FAIR-LEW 100 (US)||.||Werley FAIRBURN & The WHIRLYBIRDS - That's Just How Bad It Is / I'm Lost|
|1968||SP Best In Country 1001 (US)||.||My Crazy World (Of Make Believe) / There's Something On Your Mind|
|02/1968||SP PAULA 295 (US)||.||My Crazy World (Of Make Believe) / There's Something On Your Mind|
|10/2011||EP EL TORO ET 15005 (S)||ALL BY MYSELF - LIVE At Louisiana Hay Ride - Everybody’s Rockin’ / My Heart’s On Fire / It’s Heaven / Speak To Me Baby / Stay Close To Me / All By Myself|
|19??||Radio performance - (Dragon Street CD 70100 (#38) / Rollercoaster CD 3042 (#19))||All By Myself|
|19??||Live - (El Toro CD 1043 (#27))||Everybody's Rockin' [live vers.]|
|19??||Live - (El Toro CD 1043 (#28))||It's Heaven [live vers.]|
|19??||Live - (El Toro CD 1043 (#29))||My Heart's On Fire [live vers.]|
|19??||Live - (El Toro CD 1043 (#30))||Speak To Me Baby [live vers.]|
|19??||Live - (El Toro CD 1043 (#26))||Stay Close To Me [live vers.]|
|1954||CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15578 (#20))||A Little Bit Of Nothing|
|1954||CAPITOL unissued - (Bear Family CD 15578 (#19))||Won't It Be Nice|
|1956||COLUMBIA unissued - (Ace CD 785 (#8) / Bear Family CD 15578 (#8) / Columbia/Epic/Legacy CD 62172 (#8) / El Toro CD 1043 (#17))||I'm Jealous|
|19??||Need info||I've Got Nothing But Love|
|19??||Need info||Old Mem'ries Come Back|
|1989||CD WALL RLP-100 (US)||Everybody's Rockin' - Everybody's Rocking / Telephone Baby / I'm A Fool About Your Love / All The Time / My Heart's On Fire / Speak To Me Baby / No Blues Tomorrow / Let's Live It Over / You Are My Sunshine / Doggone That Moon / Camping With Mary / Prison Cell Of Love / I Feel Like Cryin' / It's Heaven / It's A Cold Weary World / Spitefull Heart|
|1994||CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15578 (GER)||EVERYBODY'S ROCKIN' - I'm A Fool About Your Love / Everybody's Rockin' / All The Time / My Heart's On Fire / Speak To Me Baby / Telephone Baby / No Blues Tomorrow / I'm Jealous / I Guess I'm Crazy / That Sweet Love Of Mine / Nothin' But Lovin' / Love Spelled Backwards Is Evol / Broken Hearted Me / Stay Close To Me / It's Heaven / Old Mem'ries Come Back / Good Deal, Lucille / Baby He's A Wolf / Won't It Be Nice / A Little Bit Of Nothing / Prison Cell Of Love / Spiteful Heart / It's A Cold Weary World / I Feel Like Cryin' / Camping With Marie / Let's Live It Over / Doggone That Moon / Black Widow Spider Woman / You Are My Sunshine|
|10/2011||CD EL TORO ETCD 1043 (S)||My Heart's On Fire - 1953-1959 - Camping With Marie / Let's Live It Over / Good Deal, Lucille / Baby, He's A Wolf / Love Spelled Backwards Is Evol / Nothin' But Lovin' / I Feel Like Cryin' / Prison Cell Of Love / It's A Cold, Weary World / Spiteful Heart / That Sweet Love Of Mine / I Guess I'm Crazy (For Loving You) / Broken Hearted Me / Stay Close To Me / Everyody's Rockin' / It's Heaven / I'm Jealous / All The Time / I'm A Fool About Your Love / My Heart's On Fire / Speak To Me, Baby / Telephone Baby / No Blues Tomorrow / Doggone That Moon / Black Widow Spider Woman / Stay Close To Me / Everybody's Rockin' / It's Heaven / My Heart's On Fire / Speak To Me Baby|
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