Gene Sullivan

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Born: Nov. 16, 1914 Carbon Hill, Alabama
Died: Oct. 24, 1984

Gene Sullivan was a professional boxer, but in 1932, he turned to country music. After learning guitar, he worked for a time with the Tune Wranglers, before joining the Lone Star Cowboys on KWKH Shreveport. When the Shelton Brothers left the Cowboys to form their own act, Sullivan went with them and first met and worked with Wiley Walker as musicians and comedians for the Sheltons. They eventually formed a duo in 1939 and worked radio stations in Fort Worth, Lubbock, and finally ended their careers in Oklahoma City with radio station KOMA and WKY. In 1941, they recorded "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again"/"Live And Let Live" for Columbia Records. Their version achieved some local success but it would be the 1956 pop version by Elvis Presley that finally launched the song, which, in later years, has been recorded by numerous artists. In 1946, the duo registered their only chart entry, "Make Room In Your Heart For A Friend", which became a number 2 US country hit. In the late 40s, they were regulars on Oklahoma City television, including the first live television show broadcast by WKY called "Sooner Shindig" (on June 6, 1949). But their careers ended in the early 50s. Sullivan enjoyed a solo Top 10 success in 1957 with his comedy number "Please Pass The Biscuits". He had originally recorded it as a demo for Little Jimmie Dickens, but Columbia released his version in preference.

In 1959 Gene Sullivan started Sully Records in Oklahoma City. It was turned over to Ray Ruff who later moved it to Amarillo, Texas. Sullivan subsequently retired to run an Oklahoma City music store. He made a few appearances with Wiley Walker until the early 60s and in later years made a few solo appearances. After Wiley Walker's death in 1966, Sullivan left TV and radio and acquired a recording studio in the Capitol Hill area which became the Gene Sullivan Recording Studio where he helped many people in the entertainment field get started.
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Singles & EPs

20977 Gene Sullivan - Inflated Love / Would You Forgive Me album art Gene Sullivan Inflated Love / Would You Forgive Me(Shellac, 10", Promo) Columbia 20977 US 1952 Sell This Version
4-40971-c Gene Sullivan - Please Pass The Biscuits album art Gene Sullivan Please Pass The Biscuits (Single) Columbia 4-40971-c US 1957 Sell This Version
S-45-102 Gene Sullivan - A-Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed / Paul Revere O'Malley (And His Ride) album art Gene Sullivan A-Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed / Paul Revere O'Malley (And His Ride)(7", Single, Promo) Sully Records S-45-102 US Unknown Sell This Version