Sleepy LaBeef

Born: 
07/20/1935
City: 
Smackover
Region: 
Arkansas
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1950's-2000's
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Guitar, Vocals

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Sleepy LaBeef (born Thomas Paulsley LaBeff) is an American rockabilly musician.

LaBeef stands 6' 7" tall and was given the nickname "Sleepy" from the appearance of his eyes. Born in Arkansas, he was raised on a melon farm and moved to Houston when he was 18. There, he sang gospel music on local radio and put together a bar band to play venues as well as radio programs such as the Houston Jamboree and Louisiana Hayride.

In the 1950s, as the rockabilly craze heated up, LaBeef began recording singles in the genre; his first, "I'm Through", was issued on Starday Records in 1957. In 1964, he moved to Nashville and moved to a more solidly country style, recording singles for Columbia Records. His first genuine hit was 1968's "Every Day", which peaked at #73 on the U.S. Billboard Country charts. After moving to Plantation Records in 1969, he scored a second hit in 1971 with "Blackland Farmer", which charted at #67. Around this time LaBeef also starred in the horror movie The Exotic Ones. LaBeef transferred to Sun Records in the 1970s and continued releasing albums and touring widely; his popularity flagged in America but rose in Europe. The 1980s saw him sign to Rounder Records, where he released albums into the 1990s.

[Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleepy_LaBeef]

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Sleepy LaBeef 04/12/1983 Joe's Star Lounge Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 11/06/1984 Joe's Star Lounge Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 11/15/1985 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 04/05/1986 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 06/19/1987 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 06/20/1987 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 11/13/1987 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 11/14/1987 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 03/17/1989 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 03/18/1989 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 11/24/1990 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 12/20/1991 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 06/09/1994 Majestic Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 03/25/1995 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 08/28/1995 Magic Stick Detroit Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 10/17/1995 Magic Stick Detroit Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 09/29/1996 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 03/08/1997 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 05/15/1997 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 08/22/1997 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 03/06/1998 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Sleepy LaBeef 11/13/1998 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Robert Gordon 05/19/2001 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA