Bobby Lollar, The Bad Bad Boy

Bobby Keith Lollar was born on July 25, 1941 in Trenton (Gibson County - West Tennessee), a small town located 28 miles north from Jackson. He was the second son of Lois Helen Kininmonth (born in 1920 from Irish and Indian ancestors) and Charles Daniel Lollar (born in 1912). His brother Mack was 4 years older than him and his sister Brenda will came four years later to complete the family. Like for many poor sharecropper families, singing on church and on the back porch was a main occupation after work and Bobby will soon sing some classics songs like "Mansion Over The Hilltop" or "Nobody Knows The Troubles Iíve Seen". Gospel was the background and Church was the place to be. At eleven years, he sung for a wedding "I Love You Truly" and, fifty years later, he will still have thanks from the bride.

The battery operated radio bring the Grand Ole Opry to his ears and, for 1954, Bobby remember "I Loved You So Much I Let You Go" (Ray Price - Columbia) and "If You Saw Her Through My Eyes" (Carl Smith - Columbia) as being among his favourites. He often sang with his school mate Larry Johnson, who played bass tub. In the 6th or 7th grade they were once chatting in class when the teacher asked them what they talked about. As they shared about Little Richardís new song "Tutti Frutti", they were asked to come to the front of the class and sing it. In another occasion he will sing on school, "Poor Boy" and "I Got A Lot oí Liviní To Do" from Elvis repertoire. Among his favourites songs then were "Too Much Alike" (Charlie Feathers), "I Cried A Tear" and "Dix-a-Billy" (Lavern Baker).

Bobby, who lives in Covington (Georgia), was back on stage in Jackson (Tennessee) last August with his old friends W.S Holland and Carl Mann. With the last moment support of Larry Frye (pno), Greg Frye (dms) and Ken McDaniel (bs), he sang "Bad Bad Boy", "Six Strings and A Rockabilly Song", "Flesh and Blood", "Iím reliving in The 50ís" and "I Gonna Sing With Carl Again". For that comeback, he wore a very cool T-Shirt with the mention "I was A Bad Bad Boy". Bobby, now a "Good Good Boy", had killed the vultures of his past after becoming a Reverend. He still write and record songs with great titles like "Rock-a-Billy Church" or "From A RockíníRoller to A Holly Roller" that talk by themselves. Bobby had also recorded some Gospel Blues and nine songs dedicated to his wife of 37 years.

Bobby belongs like Billy Wayne, Eddie Bush, Larry Brinkley or The Stewart Brother to the Jacksonís Rockabilly history. Even if that town brings us some great names like Carl Perkins, W.S. Holland, Kenny Parchman or Carl Mann, that place is still overshadowed by Memphis. The lack of recording studios and records labels made the best singers and musicians to move to Memphis or Nashville. Nevertheless, some fabulous records on tiny labels like "Jaxon", "Lu" or "Hill-Crest" were cut and there was plenty of work in the local Honky-Tonk and Clubs. Bobby liked to drive to Jackson and visit Carl Perkins who lived on 308 Park Avenue. Like Carl he was a sharecropper son, beans and potatoes feed, Tennessee bread and grown.

Bobby Lollar with guitar, 1958

Rockin' Fifties Magazine, 2010

For info about the new record a special release of Bobby's two fantastic songs on the Brent label.A release with a fantastic cover sleeve and inlay, also the labe is great. The Bad Bad Boy is still busy in music.

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Story by Dominique Angleres, France
Courtesy of Nol Voorst, used with permission, 2009