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Lee Bonds came on the hillbilly music scene in 1953 with a couple of Capitol Recordings that were released on June 8 - "Okee-fi-no-kee Gal" and "Undecided Heart". He was a native of Gadsden, Alabama. As a lad, he amused himself by making his own guitar out of a cigar box, wire strings and a wooden neck. Later, he got his own guitar, learned it well enough to where he was in demand at the local square dances and parties.
When he was just 18, he left home to try his luck as an entertainer with his newly formed band. They toured throughout the deep south - Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.
But ironically, after doing this for five years, his first break came when he returned to his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama and the local radio station WGWD made him a member of their staff.
From there, he became the mainstay of the "Midway Jamboree" that had a host of performers and guest stars.
He started his recording career on the Tennesse Record Company label out of Nashville, Tennessee. Some of the recordings he did for that label included:
The last two of those listed tunes got top ranking on the Alabama charts in 1952. That led to him signing a recording contract with Capitol Records on March 20, 1953.
He also did some personal appearances on the west coast with "Walkin'" Charlie Aldrich and Spade Cooley in the summer of 1952.
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