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ALVIS WAYNE

Alvis Wayne Samford was born in Puduka, Texas on New Year's Eve of 1937 to Alva and Nona Samford. He was the oldest of five children.
Music was to become an important part of Alvis' life. He pulled corn all summer on his aunt and uncle's farm to earn enough money for his first guitar. Alvis was ten years old when his aunt ordered him one from the Sears & Roebuck Catalogue for $18.98. He taught himself how to play and the first song he remembers knowing all the chords to was 'Goodnight Irene'. In the evening and on weekends Alvis was performing locally in Honky Tonks and nightclubs for little more than beer money when a local musician approached him called Tony Wayne (no relation) who had a group called the Rhythm Wranglers. "My mom and dad were not very happy about me going out on the road, but I had an opportunity to do so with a band, which was the only thing I ever wanted to do. As I said they weren't very happy about it at all and we talked about it for several days but I just had to go and they eventually went along with it all and didn't hold me back
Alvis's first record was pressed at the King pressing plant in Cincinnati in both 45 and 78 rpm formats. Despite frequent local airplay it never really got out of the Corpus Christi area selling probably no more than two thousand copies. Two months later he returned to the studio for his second session. 'Don't Mean Maybe Baby/I'd Rather Be With You' was to be Alvis's biggest record. Released in late 1957, it contained some great vocal work  as well as inspired guitar and piano work.
But the record was not a hit, and Alvis got married, started a family and enlisted in the Air Force. By the mid sixties Alvis had settled down and was working for Braniff Airlines.
In 1974 Rollin Rock Records recorded Alvis Wayne. He recorded three new sides just singing and accompanying himself on guitar. Rollin Rock Records then bought out Alvis entire collection of singles to compile an album. As the rockabilly revival gathered momentum in the late 70s, many of the pioneers were rediscovered.
"If I could go back and change anything I would never have got married the first time and I wouldn't have had to worry about all that family stuff I gave up my music for and I just might have made it. But I just couldn't keep my self from falling in love." (Alvis's first wife had resorted to cutting up all of his scrapbooks that were full of his photos, newspaper articles etc.) In September 1994, Perry Williamson of 'Pink & Black Records' fame had acquired his licence from the MCPS and he decided that one of his first ventures would be to issue an Alvis Wayne album, something that had never been done before. With the help of Ronny Weiser and John Beecher the LP collected together all of his Westport and Rollin' Rock material. Alvis Wayne plays occasional gigs in the Bacliff/San Leon area. He is currently touring with Jerry Lee Lewis. In 2000 Alvis was inducted into the Rockabilly Hal Of Fame. Although he is not the most famous member of the Texas Hall Of Musical Excellence, Alvis Wayne is easily among the most talented.

JA Miller