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LaBeff, Tommy

Full name Thomas Paulsley LaBeff. Born 1935 near Smackover, Ark. Recorded later as Sleepy LaBeef.

References:

  • Feature article and sessionography in issue 18 (1978) of New Kommotion.
  • Feature article and sessionography in issue 22 (1979) of New Kommotion.

Original Releases

Discography is intended to be complete through 1964

Date & Source Label & Number Title & "As By" Name Matrix Comps
1957/May
(Bb est.)
Starday (Tenn.) 45-292  Pertinent Label shot Song sample I'm Through — Sleepy LaBeff 2556 Bullet Ace 10 16 (#5)
Bullet Ace LP 45 (#14)
Bullet Ace CD 311 (#28)
Bullet Cascade LP 1009 (#1)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 142 (#32)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 145 (#37)
Bullet Knockville LP 4403 (#9)
Bullet SD LP 810 (#9)
Bullet Texas Gold CD 932 (#7)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample All Alone — Sleepy LaBeff 2555 Bullet Ace 10 16 (#4)
Bullet SD LP 810 (#10)
Bullet Texas Gold CD 932 (#9)
1957/May 13
Bb c&w rev.
Mercury-Starday (Ill.)  71112x45 Pertinent Label shot Song sample I'm Through — Sleepy LaBeff YW14959 Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#2)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#5)
Bullet Lucky CD 816 (#10)
Bullet Smith & Co. CD 1145 (#30)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample All Alone — Sleepy LaBeff YW14958 Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#4)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#6)
Bullet Redita [1st series] LP 112 (#8)
Bullet Redita [2nd series] LP 112 (#8)
1957/Sept. 9
Bb c&w rev.
Mercury-Starday (Ill.)  71179x45 Pertinent Label shot Song sample All The Time — Sleepy LaBeff YW14976 Bullet Ace 10 19 (#10)
Bullet Ace LP 218 (#16)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#1)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16101 (#2)
Bullet Big Tone CD 6001 (#28)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#3)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 017 (#46)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 145 (#67)
Bullet Memphis CD 7033 (#5)
Bullet Not Now Music CD 346 (#17)
Bullet One Day Music CD 147 (#40)
Bullet Redita [1st series] LP 112 (#7)
Bullet Redita [2nd series] LP 112 (#7)
Bullet Smith & Co. CD 1125 (#40)
Bullet Texas Gold CD 931 (#27)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample Lonely — Sleepy LaBeff YW14975 Bullet Ace 10 16 (#2)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#6)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#2)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#4)
Bullet Lesley CD 5 (#6)
1958
(est.)
Dixie (mail) (Ill.)  530  No rating Label shot Song sample Ballad Of A Teen Age Queen — Sleepy LaBeff B  
    No rating Eskimo Pie — George Jones B  
    Pertinent Oh Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again — Dee Mullins B  
    No rating Label shot One Week Later — Pat & Dee A  
    No rating She's No Angel — Patsy Timmons A  
    No rating Truly I Love You — Wes Holly A  
1958
(est.)
Dixie (mail) (Ill.)  533  No rating Label shot Guess Things Happen That Way — Sleepy LaBeff A Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#21)
    No rating Crying Over You — Johnny Mathis A  
    No rating It's A Little More Like Heaven — Johnny Mathis A  
    No rating Label shot Color Of The Blues — George Jones B  
    No rating What This Old World Needs — Jimmy Dean B  
    No rating Nothing Can't Stop Me — George Jones B  
1960/Oct.
BMI clear.
Gulf (Texas) G-62760/1 Borderline Label shot Song sample Found Out — Sleepy LaBeff G-62761 Bullet Baron LP 102 (#10)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#23)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#10)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#21)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample Can't Get You Off My Mind — Sleepy LaBeff G-62760 Bullet Baron LP 102 (#4)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#22)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#4)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#18)
1961/May
ACA master
Crescent Prod. (Texas)  102  Pertinent Label shot Song sample Turn Me Loose — Sleepy LaBeff And His Versatiles 4276 Bullet Baron LP 102 (#11)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#10)
Bullet Bop CD 003 (#11)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#11)
Bullet Collectables CD 5563 (#4)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#14)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 173 (#44)
Bullet Knockville LP 4403 (#10)
    Borderline Label shot Ridin' Fence — Sleepy LaBeff And His Versatiles 4275 Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#12)
Bullet Cactus CD Cash 1 (#3)
Bullet Cash CD 01 (#3)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#13)
1962-63
mx series
Wayside (Texas)  1651/2 Pertinent Label shot Song sample Ride On Josephine — Sleepy LaBeff And The Versatiles 1651 Bullet Baron LP 102 (#9)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#15)
Bullet Buffalo Bop CD 55044 (#20)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#9)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#15)
Bullet Folkline CD 424 (#2)
Bullet Not Now Music CD 504 (#35)
Bullet Presto CD 406 (#55)
    Pertinent Song sample Walkin' Slowly — Sleepy LaBeff And The Versatiles 1652 Bullet Baron LP 102 (#1)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#14)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#1)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#22)
1962-63
mx series
Wayside (Texas)  1653/4 Pertinent Label shot Song sample Tore Up — Tommy LaBeff And His Versatiles 1654 Bullet Baron LP 102 (#13)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#17)
Bullet Buffalo Bop CD 55091 (#28)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#13)
Bullet Cleopatra CD 1163 (#2)
Bullet Club LP 013 (#7)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#19)
Bullet Flesh Den CD 6908 (#24)
Bullet Greasy CD 3 & 4 (#27)
Bullet Greasy LP 004 (#10)
Bullet Knockville LP 4401 (#1)
Bullet Mr. DJ CD 101 (#7)
Bullet Mustang CD 13 (#5)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample Lonely — Tommy LaBeff And His Versatiles 1653 Bullet Baron LP 102 (#2)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#7)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#11)
1963
mx series
Finn (Texas)  1690/1 No rating Label shot Drink Up And Go Home — Sleepy LaBeff 1690  
    No rating Teardrops On A Rose — Sleepy LaBeff 1691  
 
 
Picture (Texas)  1937  Pertinent Label shot Song sample Ride On Josephine — Sleepy LaBeff [no mx] Bullet Baron LP 102 (#12)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#12)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample Lonely — Sleepy LaBeff [no mx] Bullet Baron LP 102 (#7)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#16)
1965
(Bb est.)
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-43452  Pertinent You Can't Catch Me — Sleepy LaBeef JZSP-111939 Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#24)
Bullet CBS Special Products CD 37621 (#17)
Bullet Epic LP 37621 (#17)
Bullet Friedman Fairfax CD 307 (#8)
    No rating Everybody's Got To Have Somebody (To Love) — Sleepy LaBeef JZSP-111940  
1966/July
(Bb est.)
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-43709  No rating Label shot A Man In My Position — Sleepy LaBeef JZSP 114572  
    No rating Label shot Drinking Again — Sleepy LaBeef JZSP 114571  
1966/Nov.
(Bb est.)
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-43875  No rating Label shot I'm Too Broke (To Pay Attention) — Sleepy LaBeef 116062  
    No rating Label shot I Feel A Lot More Like I Do Now — Tommy LaBeff 116061  
Original LPs
 
 
Tops (Calif.)  LP cut  No rating The Ballad Of A Teenage Queen — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Baron LP 102 (#6)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#9)
    No rating The Ways Of A Woman In Love — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Baron LP 102 (#5)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#13)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#5)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#9)
Unissued Tracks
1956
 
[unissued]  uniss.  No rating Song sample Baby Let's Play House — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Baron LP 102 (#14)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#3)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#14)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#2)
    No rating Don't Make Me Go — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Baron LP 102 (#3)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#7)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#3)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#17)
1963
 
[unissued]  uniss.  No rating Song sample Somebody's Been Beating My Time — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Baron LP 102 (#8)
Bullet Charly LP 30181 (#8)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#23)
 
 
[unissued]  uniss.  Pertinent Song sample All The Time [alt. vers.] — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Ace 10 16 (#1)
Bullet Ace CD 191 (#10)
Bullet Ace LP 191 (#9)
Bullet Ace CD 218 (#16)
Bullet Cascade LP 1003 (#12)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#8)
Bullet Lucky CD 808 (#17)
    Pertinent Song sample I Ain't Gonna Take It — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Ace 10 19 (#2)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#5)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#12)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 145 (#44)
Bullet Luxel CD 7105 (#19)
Bullet SD LP 810 (#12)
Bullet Texas Gold CD 932 (#15)
    Pertinent Song sample Little Bit More [vers. 1] — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Ace 10 19 (#1)
Bullet Ace LP 45 (#7)
Bullet Ace CD 218 (#22)
Bullet Ace LP 218 (#22)
Bullet Ace LP 221 (#6)
Bullet Ace CD 311 (#21)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#18)
Bullet Bop CD 010 (#30)
Bullet Cascade LP 1009 (#2)
Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#7)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 145 (#40)
Bullet Lucky CD 815 (#29)
Bullet Mustang CD 4 (#24)
Bullet Not Now Music CD 066 (#23)
Bullet Not Now Music CD 122 (#1)
Bullet Presto CD 5 (#54)
Bullet SD LP 810 (#11)
Bullet Texas Gold CD 932 (#2)
    No rating Little Bit More [vers. 2] — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#8)
    Borderline Shame, Shame, Shame — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Bear Family CD 15981 (#25)
Bullet CBS Special Products CD 37621 (#13)
Bullet Epic LP 37621 (#13)
Need Information
 
 
[need info]     No rating Ain't Going To Take It — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Ace CD 815 (#10)
    No rating Ride On Josephine [alt. vers.] — Tommy LaBeff   Bullet Eagle CD 90115 (#20)

Notes:


Collector-Oriented Compilation LPs and CDs Containing Tracks

1975Knockville (Netherlands) 4401LPRock And Roll For Collectors, Vol. 2
Redita [1st series] (Netherlands) 112LPI Want A Rock & Roll Guitar
1979Ace (England) CH 1610Sleepy La Beef And Friends
Baron (United States) 102LPEarly, Rare, & Rockin' Sides / Sleepy LaBeef
1980Ace (England) CH 1910Kings Of Rockabilly, Vol. 2
Redita [2nd series] (Netherlands) 112LPI Want A Rock & Roll Guitar
1981Epic (United States) EG 37621LPRockabilly Stars, Vol. 2
1982Ace (England) 45LPThe Best Of Ace Rockabilly
1983Cascade (England) DROP 1003LPTwenty Great Rockabilly Hits Of The 50's, Vol. 1
1985Cascade (England) DROP 1009LPTwenty Great Rockabilly Hits Of The 50's, Vol. 2
1986Ace (England) CH 191LPRockabilly Shakeout
1987Ace (England) CHA 218LPThe Fifties: Rockabilly Fever
Ace (England) CH 221LPRock 'N' Roll Party
1991Ace (England) CDCHD 311CDRarest Rockabilly & Hillbilly Boogie ; The Best Of Ace Rockabilly
SD (Germany) 810LPRockin' Daddy
1992CBS Special Products (United States) A 37621CDRockabilly Stars, Vol. 2
1993Club (Spain) 013LPGrab This And Dance, Vol. 13
Texas Gold (Netherlands) TG 931CDThe Starday Story, Vol. 1
Texas Gold (Netherlands) TG 932CDThe Starday Story, Vol. 2
1994Eagle (Germany) 90115CDLet's Turn Back The Years / Sleepy LaBeef
1996Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-CD 55044CDHot Rod Rumble
Collectables (United States) COL 5563CDBop City: Red Hot Early Rock
Friedman Fairfax (United States) FRF 307CDRockabilly: The Life, Times & Music Series
Greasy (England) GR 004LPGreasy Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 4
Lucky (England) CDLR 808CDRockabilly Gold, Vol. 8
1998Bear Family (Germany) BCD 16101CDThat'll Flat Git It, Vol. 11 (Mercury)
Mr. DJ 101CDCruisin' Classics, Vol. 1
2000Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-CD 55091CDMove On
2001Ace (England) CDCHD 815CDThem Rockabilly Cats
2002Cleopatra (United States) 1163CDRock 'N' Roll & Rock-A-Billy Inferno
2007Smith & Co. (Netherlands) SCCD 1125CDGreat Rockabilly: Just About As Good As It Gets!
2008Smith & Co. (Netherlands) SCCD 1145CDGreat Rockabilly: Just About As Good As It Gets!, Vol. 2
2009Fantastic Voyage (England) FVTD 017CDGood Rockin' Tonight: Red Hot Rockabilly
2010Not Now Music NOT2CD 346CDReal Raw Rockabilly
2011Not Now Music NOT3CD 066CDRoyal Rockabilly Flush
Not Now Music NOT2CD 122CDRockabilly Riot
2012Fantastic Voyage (England) FVDD 142CDTexas Tornados: Rock 'N' Roll From The Lone Star State
Fantastic Voyage (England) FVTD 145CDIt's Saturday Night!: Starday-Dixie Rockabilly 1955-1961
One Day Music (England) DAY2CD 147CDEssential Rockabilly: The Mercury Story
2013Fantastic Voyage (England) FVTD 173CDRockin' Bones
Not Now Music NOT2CD 504CDHot Rod Rockabilly
year?Ace (England) CDCH 191CDRockabilly Shakeout
Bear Family (Germany) BCD 15981CDSleepy Rocks / Sleepy LaBeef
Big Tone (England) BTCD 6001CDMercury Rockabilly, Vol. 1
Bop BOP- 003CDSaturday Night On Bop Street, Vol. 3
Bop BOP- 010CDSaturday Night On Bop Street, Vol. 10
Cactus (United States) Cash 1CDThe House Of Cashalikes, Vol. 1
Cash (United States) CS 01CDCash On The Barrelhead
Charly (England) CR 30181LPEarly, Rare, And Rockin' Sides / Sleepy LaBeef
Flesh Den (England) 6908CDRock 'N' Roll Orgy, Vol. 8
Folkline (England) 274- 424CDHod-Rod Rockabilly
Greasy (England) CD Vol. 3 & 4CDThe Best Of Greasy Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 3 & Vol. 4
Knockville (Netherlands) 4403LPRock And Roll For Collectors, Vol. 3
Lesley LESCD 5CDThe Lost Story Of The Rock-A-Ballad, Vol. 4
Lucky (England) CDLR 815CDRockabilly Gold, Vol. 15
Lucky (England) CDLR 816CDRockabilly Gold, Vol. 16
Luxel MAS 7105CDRockabilly Hoodlums, v. 5
Memphis 7033CDThey Thought They Were Elvis: Vocal Clones, Vol. 1
Mustang MUST 4CDMad Dog In Town
Mustang MUST 13CDGet Ready Baby
Presto Vol. 5CDBig Bad Rockabilly Boppers, Vol. 5
Presto DBL CD 406CDBig Bad Hot-Rod Drag & Real Rockin' Roadster Music


Acknowledgments:  Bear Family catalog, Jurgen Blazejewski, Andrew Brown, CD Universe, CMF Library, Stephane Chatain, Scott Cheesebrew, Bill Davis, Udo Frank, Derek Hamilton, Rob Karman, Adam Komorowski, No Hit Records, Michel Proost, Mark Seganish, Joe Wajgel


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