The above mentioned individual has died, according to the following statements posted on social media on July 5. 2021.
Rockabilly performer Sanford Clark has died from COVID-19 at age 85. https://t.co/WWX2pDDPEt
— billboard (@billboard) July 5, 2021
billboard @billboard Rockabilly performer Sanford Clark has died from COVID-19 at age 85.
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Sad news… Sanford Clark passed away…
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1935 – at an early age he and his family moved to Phoenix. He got his first guitar when he was 12 years old. He played around Phoenix until 1953, then he was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He then moved to Johnston Island in the Pacific where he played music when he was off-duty. The Air Force assigned back home in Phoenix where returned to playing clubs again.
Al Casey (Guitarist) a friend since school told local disc jockey Lee Hazlewood to go listen to Sanford. Hazlewood was impressed with Sanford’s voice. He was looking for somebody to record a song he had just written. About a week later he took Sanford into Floyd Ramsey’s studio with Al Casey. They recorded “The Fool”. Hazlewood gave his wife (Naomi Ford) the songwriting credit for “The Fool”, because it was a time when you couldn’t be a producer, manager and writer at the same time.
Sanford stated that he felt they were a mix between Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley and just trying to get something a little different with there sound. People often wonder how the “drum sound” was made on the recording. They found a piece of split bamboo and beat it on the guitar case, then Casey insisted that the drummer use a drumstick.
Nothing happened with the song. After the session, Sanford went back to the Air Force only for a short stay, he got an early discharge. Then he got a job delivering Canada Dry soft drinks around Phoenix. It was at that time that things started to happen with the record. Up to that point the record was on a local label MCI, and a disc jockey had sent the single to Randy Wood at Dot Records. It was at that point that Sanford signed with Dot. Dot re-released “The Fool” that summer, August “The Fool” was a top ten hit (1956). The flip-side was “Lonesome For A Letter”.