Rockabilly Hall of Famer, Lou Hobbs, recently presented the Certificate of Induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame to Mert Mirly and Fred Horrell. Hobbs brought their work in the music business, in the 50s and 60s, to the attention of Bob Timmers, the originator of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Says Hobbs: "Mert Mirly and The Rhythm Steppers, a well known band, was the starting point for several musicians. Charlie Thurman, guitarist, who later went on to play for Nashville artist Red Sovine, and a host of others, Billy Swan, keybaord player, Erving Waddlington, keyboard player Jerry Bass, bass guitar player and a young Fred Horrell on Bass Guitar and vocalist."
Mert and Fred both had a close business relationship with Bill Black, former bass player for Elvis Presley, and went on to form Bill Black's Combo. Fred Horrell started his own band, "The Flames" and worked on the road with the famous Bruce "Hey Baby" Channel and other acts for several years. Members of the band went on to perform with other famous groups, Bobby Bugg, drummer, later played with famous sax player, Ace Cannon, Chuck Sowers, guitarist, later played with Lee Mace and Billy Swan went on to work with Kris Kristofferson and recorded several hit records later.
Hobbs says, "Both Fred and Mert are a part of the history of rock and rockabilly music and derseve a place in the documentation of it's history, which is the main function of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame."
"The internet and computer are the thing of the future," says Hobbs. "and both Mert and Fred's children and grandchildren can read what they added to the music business. They were there, along with Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and the rest."
"Their award is well deserved," Bob Timmers agreed.