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Al Casey

Born:
Oct 26, 1936
Died:
Sep 17, 2006

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Al Casey wrote the song “Ramrod” which was part of the early Beatles’ repertoire. They also performed it during the Get Back sessions in 1969. From Wikipedia:

Alvin Wayne Casey (October 26, 1936 – September 17, 2006) was an American guitarist. He was mainly noted for his work as a session musician, but also released his own records and scored three Billboard Hot 100 hits in the United States. His contribution to the rockabilly genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

[…] In 1955, Casey met Duane Eddy and joined his band, Duane Eddy and the Rebels. For five years, Casey worked on and off with Eddy’s band and performed for the Alan Freed and Dick Clark shows. Casey was also part of the backup for other Eddy recordings, playing bass, piano, and rhythm guitar. Casey wrote one of Eddy’s earliest hits, “Ramrod” (1958), and when Eddy performed the song on American Bandstand he was flooded with requests for the single. “Ramrod” peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 17 on the Billboard R&B charts in 1958. Casey also co-wrote another Eddy hit, “Forty Miles of Bad Road”, which peaked at No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100 on July 27, 1959. In 1958 he also played guitar on Jody Reynolds’s hit song “Endless Sleep”.

Last updated on March 8, 2020

Songs written or co-written by Al Casey


Ramrod

Unreleased song


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