Alvis Wayne (born December 31, 1937 in Paducah , Texas as Alvis Wayne Samford , † July 31, 2013 in Bacliff , Texas) was an American rockabilly singer who was best known during the rockabilly revival in the United Kingdom .
Growing up in rural Texas, Alvis Wayne was mostly influenced by old records by Jimmie Rodgers , Eddy Arnold and Bob Wills . He got his first guitar when he was ten, and two years later he made his first appearance in pubs and honky tonks. At 20 he became a member of the band Tony Wayne and His Rhythm Wranglers .
In 1956 he took his first record with this band on Westport Records. His second release, Don't Mean Maybe, Baby , became a regional hit in Texas, which led to a tour of Texas. Wayne continued his career until 1960, after which he was drafted into the Air Force . After his military service he continued to perform, but it wasn't until 2000 that Ronnie Weiser was able to persuade him to make an album. After Rockabilly Daddy , the second album I'm Proud of My Rockabilly Roots followed in 2001 . Wayne had already recorded a few songs on Weiser's Rollin 'Rock label in the 1970s .
Wayne died in 2013, leaving behind his wife, Fritzie Samford, with whom he was married for 37 years, as well as two daughters and five grandchildren.
|year||A title||B title||Record company|
|1956||Swing bop boogie||Sleep Rock-A-Roll, Rock-A-Baby||Westport Records|
|1957||Don't mean maybe baby||I'd Rather Be with You||Westport Records|
|1958||Lay your head on my shoulder||You are the one||Westport Records|
|1971||I Gottum||Lay your head on my shoulder||Injun|
|1974||I want to eat your pudding||It's Your Last Chance To Dance Tonight||Rollin 'rock|
- 2000: Rockabilly Daddy (Rollin 'Rock)
- 2001: Proud of My Rockabilly Roots (Rollin 'Rock)
- Alvis Wayne Samford Obituary ( memento from September 30, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) at carnesfuneralhome.com; Retrieved August 21, 2013
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Wayne Samford, Alvis (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American rockabilly singer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 31, 1937|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Paducah , Texas , United States|
|DATE OF DEATH||July 31, 2013|
|Place of death||Bacliff , Texas , United States|