I first records in Clovis, MN at Norman Petty's studio when I lived in
Amarillo, Texas, and later recorded a session for Roulette Records in New York City,
with Sam "The Man" Taylor on sax, Doc Sevenson on trumpet, and the Ray Charles
Singers doing back-up. The sides were never released due to the Payola Scandals of
1960. My friend Donnie Laier played lead on sessions prior to that time (but was
pn the same session in New York as well), the one at Norman's studio, along with
the Fireballs, and one we did in Lubbock, Texas. The session done in Lubbock, Texas was
done on two songs I co-wrote with Donnie, and I recently received a long lost
"acetate demo" record of that session, and can't wait to have it transferred to CD.
I started, as did so many others of my generation in Rockabilly, having grown up in Houston and
Abilene, Texas. I worked on the Slim Willet TV show in Abilene when I was 17 years
old, and later formed my own band called "The Shadows," and played shows in West
Texas at Air Bases and theaters in the late '50s.
I met and became good friends with Donnie Lanier, Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen in 1957, and
even did a movie scene with Buddy in his movie "Sweet Country Music," a Canadian production.
Jerry Naylor and I live close to one another, and have been close friends for many years.
I will be working closely with him on his forthcoming project, and I produced another project
that will soon be out soon on my friend Albert E. Brumley Jr. His album(s) are titled "40
Greatest Gospel Memories - A Loving Tribute to the World's Greatest Songwriter, Albert Brumley." We
have 30 Country and Gospel stars doing duets with Al on
his father's great songs, including: "I'll Fly Away," "Turn Your Radio On" and 38 more.
Some of the artists are: Merle Haggard (3 songs), George Jones (1), Larry Gatlin (2),
Chet Atkins (played guitar on 2 songs), Crystal Gayle (1), Glen Campbell (1), Roy Clark
(1), Mel Tillis (1), Porter Wagoner (1), Bill Anderson (1), The Sons of the Pioneers (1),
The Jordanaires (1), T. Graham Brown (1), Lee Greenwood (1), Hank Thompson (1),
Johnny Russell (2), Jerry Naylor (soon to be 3 songs), myself,(3) and several other
great artists. I've invested nearly six years of life in this project and believe it will become
a classic collector's album.
Tommy Overstreet Productions & Music Group
P.O. Box 6801
Aloha, OR 97007
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