Sleepy La Beef

Real Name:Thomas Paulsley LaBeff

Sleepy LaBeef (born July 20, 1935, Smackover, Arkansas, USA - died December 26, 2019) was an American rockabilly musician.

LaBeef stood 6' 7" (2.0 metres) tall and was given the nickname "Sleepy" from the appearance of his eyes. He was raised on a melon farm and moved to Houston when he was 18. There, he sang gospel music on local radio and put together a bar band to play venues as well as radio programs such as the Houston Jamboree and Louisiana Hayride.

In the 1950s, as the rockabilly component of rock-n-roll became evident, LaBeef began recording singles in the genre; his first, "I'm Through", was issued on Starday Records in 1957. In 1964, he moved to Nashville and moved to a more solidly country style, recording singles for Columbia Records. His first genuine hit was in 1968 with "Every Day", which peaked at #73 on the U.S. Billboard Country charts. After moving to Plantation Records in 1969, he scored a second hit in 1971 with "Blackland Farmer", which charted at #67. Around this time LaBeef also starred in the horror movie The Exotic Ones. LaBeef transferred to Sun Records in the 1970s and continued releasing albums and touring widely; his popularity flagged in America but rose in Europe. The 1980s saw him sign to Rounder Records, where he released albums into the 1990s.

Aliases:Fred Nash, Jesse Wall, Tommy la Beff
In Groups:Sleepy LaBeff And His Versatiles
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