Rockabilly Hall of Fame member Eddie Bond died March 20 at his home in Bolivar, Tennessee as a result of complicatons from Alzheimer's Diesase at the age of 79. Bond was also a part of the Louisiana Hayride.
Interested in music from an early age, he won his first guitar by selling the most garden seed in a competition, he taught himself how to play guitar by imitating stars likefrom the radio. Bond releaed his first single in 1955. Although he never had a big hit; as one of the performers of early rock'n'roll music, then known as rockabilly, Bond toured with Elvis Presely, , , Warren Smith, and .
Bond continued to perform on stage a regular on “The Ralph Emery Show” and the “Grand Ole Opry”; as well as, DJ – he spent 17 years at KWAM in Memphis - and host his own televison show in Memphis. Bond owned a nightclub where stars like Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs got their start, was a professiona wrestling promoter who launched the career of Jerry “The King” Lawler, and was even a police chief in Finger, Tennessee.
Movie buff are very familiar with Sherrif Buford Pusser and the film “Walking Tall”; but few know it was Bond who brought the sherrif to national acclaim when Bond wrote a song about the sherrif and his activities in the seventies. It is from that song that the movie came about.
He was born Edwards James Bond July 1, 1933 in Membphis. After a stint in the Navy and working with his father as a paint salesman, Bond formed his first band The Stompers in 1952.
Bond is predeceased by his son Eddie Jr.; he is survived by his wife of 59 years Gladys, daughters Becky and Lisa, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and sisters Gussie and Barbara.
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