Rodney Lay

Rodney Lay

Rodney Lay was born in Coffeyville, Kansas. In 1957, he formed his own band, Rodney Lay and the Off Beats, which by 1960 had become the rock 'n roll band the Blazers. Lay then took the band to Kansas City where the group recorded "Teenage Cinderella" for their own Kampus (2) label, making a profit of 35 cents per record. A copy of the disc was purchased by Johnny Tillotson’s manager for his young singing star. However, as fate would have it, the record was heard by an executive with Dore Records in Hollywood and the disc was picked up and released under the banner of Rodney And The Blazers. The group followed up in 1961 with "Snow White" / "Tell Me Baby", also released on Dore. At the suggestion of Joey Dee (and the Starliters), the band moved to New York in 1962, where they played the Peppermint Lounge. During the 60’s, the Blazers toured with Jerry Lee Lewis and then from 1964 through 1966, Wanda Jackson.

By 1965, Rodney had turned his back on rock music and transitioned into a country and western career. In 1966, Rodney became a deejay on station KGGF Coffeyville (he stayed with the station until 1972), the following year, putting together his band, Rodney Lay and The Wild West. However, he was also starting to get his own songs recorded. In 1967, Hank Thompson had a Top 20 hit with Rodney’s "He’s Got a Way with Women", which Bob Luman would record a decade later. In 1969, Waylon Jennings hit the Top 20 with "Something’s Wrong in California" and the same year, the Hagers scored with "Gotta Get To Oklahoma". During 1970, an interview with Buck Owens on Rodney’s radio show led to Owens arranging a record deal for Rodney, initially with his Blue Book label and then with Capitol. He released two singles for the label, "Georgia Boy" / "I Don’t Wanna Make It" and "Tennessee Woman" / "I Don’t Know Enough". Rodney made his screen debut in 1973, when he appeared in the Sam Peckinpah movie, Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid. For eighteen months between 1975-1976, the band backed Freddy Fender during his halcyon days.

In October 1976, Rodney was reunited with Roy Clark as Clark’s band leader. With Clark, Rodney became exposed to a wider international audience. By 1979, Rodney had signed to Sun Records, and his 1980 album, Rockabilly Nuggets, was critically acclaimed. He hit the Country charts for the first time in 1981 with the Top 90 single, "Seven Days Come Sunday". By the end of that year, Rodney had moved to Halsey’s Churchill label, as Rodney Lay & the Wild West, and in 1982, they had a Top 75 hit with "Happy Country Birthday Darling". He followed it up with the much-acclaimed single, "I Wish I Had a Job to Shove", which gave him his first Top 50 hit.
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Rodney Lay Discography Tracks


Rodney Lay Silent Partners (Album) Bellaphon, Sun (9) Germany 1981 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CS 196 A, CS 196 B Rodney Lay Ballad of the Dalton Raid / Coffeyville at 100(7", Single) BMI Music, BMI Music CS 196 A, CS 196 B US 1969 Sell This Version
2759 Rodney Lay Georgia Boy(7", Promo) Capitol Records 2759 US 1970 Sell This Version
SUN-1164 Rodney Lay Seven Days Come Sunday / Close(7") Sun (9) SUN-1164 US 1981 Sell This Version
1168 Rodney Lay Silent Partners(7", Single, Promo) Sun (9) 1168 US 1981 Sell This Version
1000 Rodney Lay Not Going Back To Jackson(7", Single) Blue Book 1000 US Unknown Sell This Version
2845 Rodney Lay Tennessee Woman(7", Promo) Capitol Records 2845 US Unknown Sell This Version