Before Eddie turned to music, he was spending most weekdays
on the road selling paints and varnishes. But on the weekends,
he was making the rounds of the local ballrooms with his own
group called the Stompers.
He got started with his musical training when he was seven, teaching
himself to play the guitar. When he was 10, he began entering
local amateur contests.
While Eddie was in high school, he managed to somehow do two 15-minute
radio shows over KWEM in West Memphis, Arkansas. And he became somewhat
of a trailblazer they said, lighting up the stage a bit as one of the
first country stars to dabble in rock and roll music.
He first recorded on a small label, then the Mercury picked him
up and one of his first releases was "Rockin' Daddy" with the flip side
being "I've Got A Woman". On top of that, the band he had back
in high school was back with him, too along about 1956 or so.
Credits & Sources
- Country & Western Jamboree Magazine; May 1956; Maher Publications, Inc.;
2001 Calumet, Chicago 16, Ill.