He was born on this day in 1942
Remembering the rocker Bobby Fuller on his birthday
Bobby Fuller was born Robert Gaston Fuller on October 22nd, 1942 in Baytown, Texas. Fuller came to prominence during the mid-1960’s with his Rock songs reminiscent of early Rock N’ Roll acts instead of embracing the new British Invasion trends at the time. Fuller moved to Los Angeles in 1964 with his band The Bobby Fuller Four and was signed to Mustang Records by producer Bob Keane, who was noted for discovering Ritchie Valens and producing many surf music groups. Fuller is mostly remembered for his version of “I Fought The Law”, originally written and recorded by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets during the late 1950’s, Fuller’s version went on to achieve a big success, reaching No.6 on the Hot 100 in 1966 and becoming his signature song. He also had a strong influence on early Punk bands, The Clash recorded Fuller’s version of “I Fought The Law” in 1979, becoming also a big hit for the band. Other songs Bobby Fuller wrote and recorded are “Let Her Dance”and “Love’s Made a Fool of You”. Just six months after the song made its first appearance on the Billboard Top 100 chart, on July 18th, 1966, 23-year-old Fuller was found dead from asphyxiation in his mother’s car in a parking lot near his Los Angeles, California apartment. The Los Angeles Police Department declared the death an apparent suicide, but over the years many conspiracy theories lead others to believe him to have been murdered, including one that puts Charles Manson in the scene.
Watch The Bobby Fuller Four performing “I Fought The Law” in 1966
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