ARLIE DUFF (By Shaun Mather)
Born Arleigh Elton Duff, 28 March 1924, Warren, Texas
Arleigh Elton Duff was born in Jack's Branch near Warren, Texas and recorded with his Western Cherokees for Starday in 1952. Midway through the next year he went to number 7 in the country charts with the BMI award winning single, "Y'All Come". He was unable to follow up this hit. Most Shakers will be forever in love with Decca for cutting his stab at rockabilly, Alligator Come Across. It sounds a lot like the early rocking catalogue of George Jones. It's a bibs and overalls stomper with heaps of steel and rocking country guitar. The parody of Elvis halfway through is a classic, but all too brief moment of madness. The fiddle solo adds another loveable layer. He spent years as a DJ in Colorado and Texas. He wrote Ernest Tubb's last solo hit, "Another Story", which went to number 16 in the country charts in 1966. Also "It's The Little Things", , a # 1 C&W hit for Sonny James in 1967. In 1983 he published his autobiography, "Y'All Come" (Austin : Eakin Press), now out of print.
"Alligator Come Across" is on the CD "That'll Flat Git It, Vol. 6 (Bear Family BCD 15733)
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