RUDY “TUTTI” GRAYZELL (USA)



Born in Texas in 1933, Rudy “Tutti” Grayzell is an original rockabilly rebel legend. He originally learned guitar at the age of 13 with the sole intention of impressing the girls at school, but before he knew it, he had formed a band, landed a daily radio show, performed at the Grand Ole Opry, and went on to record his first record in 1953. In the early days, Rudy played “that kind of Country & Western that was hot before Rock n’ Roll hit”, but like other artists at that time including Link Davis, Sonny Fisher and Bill Mack – he had rockabilly in his soul and “needed to rock”! Fortunately, it wasn’t long before Capitol records gave him the opportunity to do just that, and in 1956 he recorded his smash rockabilly hit ‘Duck Tail’, and the rest, as they say, is history. He’s dated Wanda Jackson, he’s had Jim Reeves playing on his records, and the King of Rock n ‘Roll himself Mr. Elvis Presley re-named him ‘Rudy Tutti’. And today, Grayzell is still one wild cool cat with a whole lotta rockin’ goin’ on!