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Alvis Wayne Samford was born in Paducah, Texas and listened to country music on the radio as a child and was given a guitar at age ten. He began playing in local bars and clubs at 12 and joined Tony Wayne & the Rhythm Wranglers at 20. This group released one single in 1957 and then disbanded. Following this, Alvis signed with Westport Records.
He recorded enough for Westport to put out an LP; though none were released, his single "Don't Mean Maybe Baby" was a regional hit in Texas, and he toured extensively in the state. He put his career in music on hold and joined the Air Force in 1960; after his tour of duty, he continued recording and performing. In subsequent decades, Alvis became the subject of a cult following in the United Kingdom, where his singles were in great demand. In 2000, Alvis signed with Rolling Rock Records and released two full-length albums, Rockabilly Daddy (2000) and Proud of My Rockabilly (2001).
|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|
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