Thomas Paulsley “Sleepy LaBeef” LaBeff

Thomas Paulsley “Sleepy LaBeef” LaBeff

Birth
Smackover, Union County, Arkansas, USA
Death 26 Dec 2019 (aged 84)
Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 205865306 · View Source
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Musician. The youngest of ten siblings, he was born Thomas Paulsley LaBeff (after the family name changed from “LaBoeff”). School mates nicknamed him “Sleepy” because of his droopy eyelids. At the age of 21, he recorded his first record on the Starday label in May, 1957. With the rise of rockabilly music in America, he became a pioneer contributor in that genre. When rockabilly ebbed, he broadened his repertoire to include country, blues, gospel, folk, rock and other styles throughout a long and sustained career, including rockabilly's revival and resurgence beginning in the 1970's. Known for his wide musical range and versatility, his playlist included over 6,000 song titles that astounded audiences and supporting musicians alike. An active touring schedule, up to 300 performances annually, along with dozens of albums and singles released through major studios and labels such as Sun, Rounder, Columbia and others kept him playing to audiences across America and Europe for more than six decades. His last performance was in September 2019.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2020
  • Find A Grave Memorial 205865306
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Paulsley “Sleepy LaBeef” LaBeff (20 Jul 1935–26 Dec 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 205865306, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .