Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Music man has died - Calvin Boles
The man who never let the music die, has died.
Calvin Boles was one of Alamogordo’s artistic originals. The Yucca record label he created — recording in his garage and at then-KALG radio studios — made immortals of musicians no matter the genre. And he did it starting off with a $40 Concertone reel-to-reel tape recorder.
Over two decades Boles pressed 237 vinyl Yucca singles. Boles himself cut the first release, Rock Buster, in October 1958. His roster included Bob Taylor and the Counts, of which a young Willie Nelson was a member; El Paso bluesman Long John Hunter; Bill Chappell, who went on to become a Branson, Mo. act; and Bobby Fuller, just 19 and whose song I Fought the Law became a rock classic.
Boles was an insurance agent, but he gave that up in the early 1970s to record and promote artists in Nashville, Tenn. One was his son-in-law, Robyn Young, the late Faron Young’s son.
Boles wrote more than 500 songs. He and Betty released eight albums of their own and that of his band The Rocket City Playboys. Betty became the bass player after Boles handed her a bass, showed her a few chords, and gave her two weeks to learn.
“He said if I was going to go with him I was going to have to earn a living,” she said.
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Alamogordo Daily News