Alvis Wayne

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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)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Alvis Wayne Samford Obituary ( memento from September 30, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) at; Retrieved August 21, 2013