Wendell Lee Bagwell
May 16, 1925
|Died||June 13, 1996|
|Parent(s)||Cajer and Arza Bagwell|
Bagwell served in the United States Marine Corps and twice was decorated for bravery. Bagwell returned home where at the age of 21, he adopted an abused nephew.
In 1953, he formed Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters. He joined with two young singers he met in church, Geraldine Terry (later known professionally as Jerri Morrison), and Georgia Jones (ultimately replaced by "Little Jan" Buckner, the wife of Bagwell's adopted nephew), to form the gospel trio.
Bagwell was best known for his comedy monologues, notably the million-selling "Here Come the Rattlesnakes" (also known as "The Rattlesnake Song"), an account of the trio's performance at a small church that engaged in snake handling.
Bagwell also was seen in television commercials as a spokesman for Stanback Headache Powders.
Bagwell died on June 13, 1996, of a brain aneurysm.
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