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Sleepy LaBeef Dies At Home December 26, 2019

Sleepy LaBeef “Rockabilly Man” Dies At Home Dec. 26, 2019

Thomas Paulsley LaBeef, Rockabilly Man Dies at 84

LaBeef was born in Smackover, Arkansas, the youngest of 10 children,he was raised on a melon farm. He received the nickname “Sleepy” as the result of a lazy eye. He moved to Houston, Texas, 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. LaBeef stands 6.5 ft (2.0 m) tall.

The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the Great Sleepy LaBeef.

Linda LaBeef and Entire Family: It is with deep, agonizing sadness that we inform you of the news that this morning, Sleepy LaBeef, born Thomas Paulsley LaBeff, passed on from this life to be with the Lord. He died at home, in his own bed, surrounded by his family who loved him, and whom he dearly loved. He lived a full and vibrant life, filled with the excitement of much travel and experience, the contentment that came from being able to spend his life doing what he loved best, and the fulfilling love of his wife, children, and grandchildren around him. We loved him, love him, and will always love him, and will cherish the memories of the time we were blessed to be given with him in this life. We thank you for your love and support for Sleepy throughout the years, and during this very difficult time. – With all our love.

Pete Djpj Paraskevas: The news is spreading. Sleepy LaBeef has passed away. I had the pleasure to meet and work with him a few times in Portland, Maine. Great guy, great musician, biggest one I know of. An upright bass looked like a violin in his hands. May your memories be eternal.

Matthew Mcghee: Rock And Roll Sleepy!! Simon Chardiet Scott Kitchen Glenn Healy and your band blew up the Continental D ! I spent the entire weekend there, probably should have just slept there but Roger would have thrown my ass out 🙂 Sleepy WAS a human jukebox..

Tracy Moon: So sorry to hear about the loss of a great man he was a great singer and musician

Janne Smeds A true Gentleman has gone to heaven. He won’t be forgotten… RIP

Deke Dickerson: I woke up to the news that rockabilly great Sleepy LaBeef just passed away, and saw that just about every one of my friends and colleagues had a story about the guy. We all got to spend so much time with him over the years, myself included, and we’re all richer because of it. Sleepy was one of the original 50’s rockabillies, he made excellent records for Starday, Mercury, Dixie, and Wayside. In a way he was one of the first “50’s revivalists,” cutting greasy rock and roll records all through the British Invasion years of the mid-60’s, but the truth was that Sleepy existed in a Gulf Coast world of rough bars and sleazy dives where the hard driving 50’s rock and roll mixed with classic country never went away. Sleepy was HUGE.

Frans Maritz AirplayExpress: Being from South Africa I only discovered Sleepy LaBeef a year or two ago while searchin’ the Internet for a newer version of “Staggerlee”. I did find many but they were either badly recorded, badly sung. I am not saying they were all bad as some were pretty good and some were just too clean if you know what I mean.  Then just as I was about to give up, I clicked on a version by “Sleepy LaBeef” not knowing what to expect as I had never heard of him before. Well it took about 10 seconds for me to realized I had not just found me the best version of ‘Staggerlee” I had ever heard, but I also found me a great singer and just like that I was a fan of the great “Sleepy LaBeef”. Today I am also very saddened to hear that he has passed away, I will make a place in my musical heart for him right next to Elvis Presley and George Jones. Thank you for the music “Sleepy LaBeef” I wish I had known of you earlier or even personally you are a legend in my Musical World.

Deke Dickerson Continued:I Sleep was Huge, always referred to him as a ‘Man-Mountain,’ and I always found it comical when I loaned him a guitar or upright bass and it looked like a ukulele or a toothpick on his large frame. His girth enabled him to portray “The Swamp Thing” (a large, semi-naked caveman/wildman character) in the 1968 exploitation film “The Exotic Ones,” a memorable film moment, if you’ve ever had the good fortune to screen that particular gem. In the 70’s, Sleepy got signed by the new Shelby Singleton-owned Sun label and then the Boston-based Rounder Records, and he began working the Rockabilly revival and Teddy Boy circuit in England and Europe.

He became known as “The Human Jukebox” because he seemed to know every song ever written, and sometimes his shows would consist of him performing for 3 or 4 hours straight, no breaks, with short-and-long term band members holding on for dear life, often not knowing the songs as Sleepy plowed through them like a mule plowing through hard and rocky Arkansas farmland. Sleepy kept going and going and that’s where we met him, in the early 1990s, playing in Los Angeles at the Blue Saloon in North Hollywood. At that time, we didn’t back him up but we got to know him and appreciate him for what a great and unique character he was. He had a deep bass voice that could rattle the foundation loose from a building! He fired a band member for secretly listening to a heavy metal cassette! He kept playing past last call and finally had to have the electricity turned off to stop him from playing! He would buy junk on the road to sell at the flea market back home in Arkansas until there was barely any room left for the band in the back of the van! Eventually we got to play with him. Once around 1994 or 1995 at a gig in San Francisco, my group the Dave and Deke Combo were opening for Sleepy, and he was watching our set. We launched into “Cherokee Boogie,” an old Moon Mullican tune, and Sleepy got so excited he jumped up on stage, took the bass out of Shorty‘s hand (or was it Lloyd?), and played bass with us on the number (he was a great upright bass player, but the bass looked like he was slapping a child’s cello). I backed up Sleepy at one of the Green Bay rockabilly festivals in the early 2000s, and when his string broke he finished the set playing my guitar. I still savor the memory of how tiny my guitar looked on him. We crossed paths and played on the same bill dozens of times, and I was always overjoyed when I heard his basso profundo voice chime out “HEY DEKE” backstage or wherever we happened to see each other.

The last time I got to back up Sleepy was at the Rockabilly Rave in England in 2010. Sleepy was supposed to play with a European band, who had learned all of his 50’s rockabilly songs, but didn’t realize that 95% of Sleepy’s set consisted of ‘The Great American Songbook.’ Which meant you had to go into the gig knowing about 10,000 songs of all genres–it might be rock and roll, it might be country, it might be blues, it might be gospel, it might be an old pop standard. Sleepy rehearsed with the European band and decided he didn’t want to play with them. Jerry Chatabox summoned me and luckily I was prepared, at that particular Rockabilly Rave I had the best rhythm section you could get–Beau Sample on bass and Alex Hall on drums, from the Modern Sounds. I’ll never forget the show, Sleepy went into every song and style imaginable, and we knew all the songs. He was pleased and had a big smile on his face the whole time. It might have marked the only time in my career where I played a medley of “Bo Diddley” into “Amazing Grace.” I never got a chance to back up Sleepy after that, and I knew he had a bout of very bad health problems a few years ago. I was overjoyed to run into a much older and much slimmer Sleepy backstage at Viva Las Vegas a couple years ago, where he greeted me with a “Hey, ol’ Deke!” We all got to know him and love him, and he gave us so much great music over the years. RIP Sleepy, thank you for all the great memories–you truly were a giant.

Sleepy LaBeef

Through Your Music, Your Family, Friends and Fans

You Will Always Be Remembered 

 

WHISNews21 Wishes all who visit us Merry Christmas

WHISNews21 Wishes all who Visit Us a Merry Christmas

We wish you the very best for the Christmas Season. Remember that we will be praying for you all this Christmas for we need you all back in 2020, not even to talk about the years to come. Enjoy the Festive Season as best you can, responsibly. We are looking forward to spending 2020 with y’all. Make yourself happy, pursue your passions & be the best in what you do this Christmas Day. Take care if not for yourself, then for us. So remember to love, laugh and live completely today. Have a blessed Christmas and if you are away over the New Year have an awesome new year!!!!!  And May our God be with you each step of the way. With all our love and warm wishes.
God bless you ALL and thank you for being so good to us we feel so blessed for your friendship and support during 2019

Frans and Cathy Maritz

 

Larry’s Christmas special airs tonight & Christmas Day

Larry M Clark’s Christmas Special Airs Worldwide Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Radio Stations Welcome To Download Larry’ Christmas Day Special Free link below

The Old Chief, as Larry M Clark is affectionately referred to, is a retired Navy Chief, a disabled Vietnam Vet, Hall Of Fame Member, Gold and Platinum recording artist, a Country Singer, BMI songwriter, Husband, Father, Grand Father and friend hosts his own AirplayExpress Christmas special tonght.

Larry has lived a remarkable life spending most all of his youth in the military. Being retired now, Larry has concentrated on his songwriting and singing skills to keep his mind busy while enjoying the benefits of being a Retired Navy Man.  Larry lives everyday to the full taking full advantage of every day, every hour and every minute.

This Christmas special features Larry and his Christmas songs. Larry also wrote all but one or two of the songs he performs on this special. All the songs are introduced by Larry himself and gives us a short backstory about each and everyone of his Christmas tunes.

The following radio stations have confirmed a date and time to air Larry’s Veterans Christmas Special this week.

WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio at 1pm (13:00) Christmas Day Nashville Time,  and 9pm (21:00) South African time. The show will also repeat at the following times: 3pm (15:00) and 5pm (23:00) also on Christmas Day.

Z Country Radio United States Scheduled for Christmas Eve on Z Country Radio at 7pm (19:00) EST Eastern Time. MGZC Media Radio Network.

According to the downloads at AirplayExpress there more than two dozen radio station showing up that they downloaded Larry’s Christmas Special. However only the above have confirmed a time and date for airplay. So don’t be surprised if you are tuned into your local radio station and hear Larry’s Christmas show on their airwaves. To download the Free Christmas Special click this link https://www.airplayexpress.com/radio-shows-larry-m-clark-2019-christmas-special/

Hope y’all enjoy the Christmas Special from Larry M Clark

 

 

Larry’s Christmas Special Air’s Worldwide This Week

Larry M Clark’s Christmas Special to Air Worldwide This Week

Radio Stations Welcome To Download Larry’ Christmas Day Special Free link below

The Old Chief, as Larry M Clark is affectionately referred to, is a retired Navy Chief, a disabled Vietnam Vet, Hall Of Fame Member, Gold and Platinum recording artist, a Country Singer, BMI songwriter, Husband, Father, Grand Father and friend hosts his own AirplayExpress Christmas special this week.

Larry has lived a remarkable life spending most all of his youth in the military. Being retired now, Larry has concentrated on his songwriting and singing skills to keep his mind busy while enjoying the benefits of being a Retired Navy Man.  Larry lives everyday to the full taking full advantage of every day, every hour and every minute.

This Christmas special features Larry and his Christmas songs. Larry also wrote all but one or two of the songs he performs on this special. All the songs are introduced by Larry himself and gives us a short backstory about each and everyone of his Christmas tunes.

The following radio stations have confirmed a date and time to air Larry’s Veterans Christmas Special this week.

WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio at 1pm (13:00) Christmas Day Nashville Time,  and 9pm (21:00) South African time. The show will also repeat at the following times: 3pm (15:00) and 5pm (23:00) also on Christmas Day.

Z Country Radio United States Scheduled for Christmas Eve on Z Country Radio at 7pm (19:00) EST Eastern Time. MGZC Media Radio Network.

According to the downloads at AirplayExpress there more than two dozen radio station showing up that they downloaded Larry’s Christmas Special. However only the above have confirmed a time and date for airplay. So don’t be surprised if you are tuned into your local radio station and hear Larry’s Christmas show on their airwaves. To download the Free Christmas Special click this link https://www.airplayexpress.com/radio-shows-larry-m-clark-2019-christmas-special/

Hope y’all enjoy the Christmas Special from Larry M Clark

 

 

Larry M Clark’s Veterans Day Special to Air Worldwide

Larry M Clark’s Veterans Day Special to Air Worldwide Nov 11

Radio Stations Welcome To Download Larry’ Veterans Day Special Free link below

The Old Chief, as Larry M Clark is affectionately referred to, is a retired Navy Chief, a disabled Vietnam Vet, Hall Of Fame Member, Gold and Platinum recording artist, a Country Singer, BMI songwriter, Husband, Father, Grand Father and friend.

Larry has lived a remarkable life spending most all of his youth in the military. Being retired now, Larry has concentrated on his songwriting and singing skills to keep his mind off the Navy life which he still loves and misses way too much these days. Today Larry, like many U.S. servicemen, who suffered long exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam developed a number of cancers and other health disorders. Despite the difficulty of living with Agent Orange and the medication that goes with that, Larry lives everyday to the full taking full advantage of every day, every hour and every minute.

He has a new CD out and has no problem making his music available to his many fans worldwide for free (with permission), on as many music sites as possible. You can find most, if not all of Larry’s song’s on AirplayExpress.com by simply typing his name into the search box. Most of Larry’s songs are Traditional Country and so it will stay he says till he hangs up his boots.

The following radio stations will air Larry’s Veterans Day special on November 11.

NBRNonline.com at 10am Nashville Time, just after Keith Bradford’s, “Ya Gotta Luv It” special Veterans Show

WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio at 4pm South African time

(In the next press release we want to add your radio station info here)

Now we know there will be more as many radio stations download the show air it but don’t let us know. So if you are airing the show please let us know so we can add your station name to our Veterans Day special press Release, thank you

The Veterans Day radio special features all Larry’s Navy and Patriotic songs, he has recorded and written over the past few years. Larry tells us why he wrote the songs and why he decided to record them. The radio special runs for 30 minutes and is available absolutely free, with no strings attached, to all radio stations worldwide and especially to those in the United States of America. It was produced by AirplayExpress for Wildhorse Entertainment.

Follow this link to AirplayExpress to download this special Veterans Day show in two parts for easy radio programming from RadioWorld.

Radio Shows Larry M Clark Veterans Day Special

 – WHISNews21

Singer & Songwriter Flying High With AirplayExpress

Singer and Songwriter Flying High With AirplayExpress

Rita Faye and Connie Cassell Tuck Singer and Songwriter in one Platinum Package

Rita & Connie

Rita & Connie

Rita Faye and Connie Cassell Tuck celebrating their much deserved AirplayExpress Platinum award for their gigantic number one charted Gospel Hit, “Rough Around The Edges” recently. According to their FaceBook page they both admitted that they were blessed.

Rita Faye singer on “Rough Around The Edges” had this to say, “Thank you all so much!! Connie Cassell Tuck and I had a blast and we are blessed to see so much popularity for our efforts.”

Rita Faye

More about Rita Faye:  Rita Faye is a performing singer/songwriter and enjoys many different genres of music. Growing up in the ’70’s era, she learned to mix country and pop. With roots in gospel music and her faith in God, she started writing songs and has a debut CD of Country/Gospel Music – all original music. There are many ways to describe Rita Faye Tanner, but unique, talented, and charismatic just seem to scratch the surface. However, there is one word that ties them all together and is true to her character: Rita Faye Tanner is Real. Few people sing so honestly from their heart and soul. Rita Faye Tanner does so in just the right way, combining art, story, and song in perfect unison.

Connie the one responsible for the songwriting on, “Rough Around The Edges” also feeling blessed and very excited about her AirplayExpress Platinum award.

Thank you for all the support. Best ever and we love y’all. This is what inspires us to write and sing.” Connie Cassell Tuck

Connie Cassell Tuck

Connie Cassell Tuck

More About  Connie Cassell Tuck:  Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. Connie Cassell Tuck loves to harness that power with a broad audience of fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike. Ever since a young age, Connie Cassell Tuck has found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process. Connie is an award winning songwriter with many songs recorded by just as many artists. Connie songs are mostly in the Country/Gospel genre. Reaching out to help others. Connie admits that, writing songs in all genres these days helps her to reach to to more and more people, artists worldwide, by telling stories to all she can reach in a song.

Both Rita and Connie often referred to by fans as the, “Beautiful Song Sisters” have had many hits over the years and it seems that they are just starting as the awards keep coming in day after day, month after month and year after year. They have not only received multiple awards from AirplayExpress they have also been nominated for the 2019 “Josey Awards” after winning big there in 2018, held in “Dollywood” for the second time this year.

We here at AirplayExpress wish them only the best and hope that all the dreams they dream from here on will also come true.

 

 

AirplayExpress Launches Traditional Country Chart

AirplayExpress Launches New Traditional Country Chart

Traditional Country Lives on as AirplayExpress keeps rolling on the Traditional Tracks

Twenty Five years ago the writer of American Heritage, Tony Scherman declared traditional country music dead and done with, asking, “How far from its social origins can an art form grow before it loses meaning?” It is now 2019 and it seems Traditional Country is dead on the Terrestrial FM/AM air waves and now only lives on Internet kept alive by an army of Online DJ’s. After listening to fans of Traditional Country Music complain for years about the slow disappearance of Traditional Country music, AirplayExpress has decided to try and do something about the situation.

Starting this weekend a dedicated Top 20 chart will be send out which will include only the latest Traditional country songs recorded by Independent Artists who have allowed AirplayExpress to promote them to Radio Worldwide. This new chart has been supported so well by new and current AirplayExpress artists that they can safely say that all 20 entries will be performed by Traditional AirplayExpress artists who care and support the survival and the future of Traditional Country Music.  If this will help support or perhaps even save Traditional Country music amongst the Independent Country artists is  not known but time will surely tell as the first Chart goes out this weekend. AirplayExpress hopes to send the chart out weekly and if the interest continues to grow the Top 20 will grow to a Top 40.

Ironically enough, critics who focus on how far country music has moved away from what it was when first recorded nearly a century ago are in a real sense simply affirming how remarkably attuned it has remained to its ever-evolving base, yet to day there seems to be no place for Traditional Country in the so called ever evolving musical sound of New Country.

In protest, fed-up neo-traditionalists Alan Jackson and George Strait took center stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards Ceremony in 1999 for a duet be moaning the “murder” of real country music down on Nashville’s “Music Row.” Alan and George tried but music row still ignored the musical protest and still buried the tradition.

AirplayExpress would like to thank the following artists and songwriters for supporting Traditional Country on AirplayExpress : Bobby G Rice, Allen Karl, Donna Cunningham, Keith Bradford, Larry M Clark, Mike Contoni, Luanne Hunt, Barbara Blevins, Steve Hunt, Todd Souhrada, Eddie Cunningham, Tammy Kendrick, Rita Faye, Kent Gill and Terry Crabtree

The forth compilation is almost ready to be sent out which also includes Terry Crabtree plus extra songs by Keith Bradford, Eddie Cunningham and Larry M Clark.

“AirplayExpress would be proud to be called “The Home Of Traditional Country Music’ from this day on forever and ever, but then I know there are more deserving people than me. But then maybe just one of the homes.” Frans Maritz

AirplayExpress will do its best to keep Traditional Country Music alive no matter how small their contribution may seem to be, look or sound.

 

AirplayExpress Ready To go on an Adventure With You

AirplayExpress Is Ready To Go On A 2019 Promotional Adventure With You

We are so ready to send out your Latest Hit Song and Video, to our magical list of Radio Stations, Disc Jockeys, Promoters, Producers, TV Stations and professional music people worldwide.  We are also ready with follow up campaigns, once your song/video goes out with chart promotions, press releases, Hall of Fame, news articles, Gold and Platinum disc awards.

We even have an Opry house for personal performances with a huge Cyber Dome for Indoor concerts in our very own “Cyber City” All shows pre recorded here, will be available on AirplayExpress, Forever and a Day and to be listened to or downloaded at the click of a button. We are ready to make you feel what the Major Superstars experience at the Top Of Their Game.  This year it could be your turn, by going on an AirplayExpress Adventure you will experience the magic and excitement of feeling like the star you already are.

Contact us now and we will fly your music around the world just for you airplay@airplayexpress.com or whisnews21@aol.com

– WHISNews21

AE Presents Platinum Awards to Country & Gospel

AirplayExpress Awarded Platinum Disc Awards To Qualifying Artists in the Country & Gospel Genre 2018 

To Visit Artists listed below’s AirplayExpress Awards Page just click on their names

More of the prestigious Platinum Disc Awards have been awarded to artists who have recently Moved Into the #1 position of the AirplayExpress Country Music Top 50  and Gospel Top 20 International download charts.

The following artists,Alan Karl, Jack Greene, Bobby G Rice, Larry M Clark, Donny Richmond, Stonewall Jackson, Scott Simmons, John McCabe,Wildhorse, Rita Faye and Dan Schafer have all accomplished the task. We at AirplayExpress congratulate them and thank radio and Disc Jockeys worldwide for supporting these artists and in so doing helping them to reach a much sought after #1 position on the AirplayExpress Charts. Thank you all.

Disc Jockeys and Radio Stations if you are not already doing so, please post your playlists on our AirplayExpress Playlist site, it just helps us to compile our charts. We know many are airing our releases but not all are posting their playlists. We also know that time is a factor so we are just appealing to y’all if you have the time, you can be assured that we will appreciate it very much.

To post your playlist click this link thank you http://www.boards2go.com/boards/board.cgi?user=whisnews21

 – WHISNews21 / AirplayExpress

AE Presents PLatinum Awards to All Genre Artists

AirplayExpress Recently Awarded Platinum Disc Awards To Qualifying Artists in the MusicboXpress Genre 2018 

More of the prestigious Platinum Disc Awards have been awarded to artists who have recently Moved Into the #! position of the AirplayExpress All Genre MusicboXpress Top 20 International download charts.

Sharmila, Mike Contoni, Donny Richmond and Dan Schafer  have all accomplished the task. We at AirplayExpress congratulate them and thank radio and Disc Jockeys worldwide for supporting these artists and in so doing helping them to reach a much sought after #1 position on the AirplayExpress Charts. Thank you all.

Disc Jockeys and Radio Stations if you are not already doing so, please post your playlists on our AirplayExpress Playlist site, it just helps us to compile our charts. We know many are airing our releases but not all are posting their playlists. We also know that time is a factor so we are just appealing to y’all if you have the time, you can be assured that we will appreciate it very much.

To post your playlist click this link thank you http://www.boards2go.com/boards/board.cgi?user=whisnews21

 – WHISNews21 / AirplayExpress

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