6 June 1943, Springhill, Louisiana, USA. Stampley met Hank Williams when he was 7 years old, who gave him the advice to just be yourself and act like yourself and maybe later on it will pay off for you. When he was 15, he became friends with local disc jockey Merle Kilgore, and they began to write songs together. In 1958, Kilgore secured for him the chance to record for Imperial. This led to the release of a single, Glenda, which sold well in his own locale but failed elsewhere. In 1961 a further recording on Chess Records, Teenage Picnic, also failed. He later recorded a tribute to his labelmate Chuck Berry, The Sheik Of Chicago. Stampley, influenced in his early days by artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, chose the piano as his instrument and in his high school years turned his interests to rock music. In the mid-60s, he was the lead singer of a pop group, the Cut-Ups, who soon became the Uniques. In 1966, they had...
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