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Five Fun Facts about Narvel Felts
Narvel Felts is a country and rockabilly music star who has been in the music business since the early 1950s. He will be performing at Lady Luck® Casino Caruthersville on Saturday, October 8, so you can hear his legendary sound for yourself. Before you attend the Narvel Felts concert, here are five fun facts about this amazing performer:
1. Narvel Felts was born in Arkansas and taught himself to play guitar as a teenager. His first instrument was a beat up guitar that was held together with some baling wire. He was able to upgrade the next year after getting a job picking cotton and ordered a new guitar from Sears.
2. Narvel’s family relocated to Powe, Missouri in 1953, where a DJ discovered him when he played “Blue Suede Shoes” during a school talent show. The DJ, named Weldon Grimsley, was in the audience that night and the next day, while Felts was home listening to the radio, he heard Grimsley announce that he was looking for the person who had played “Blue Suede Shoes” so well. Felts drove about eight miles up the road to the nearest phone to call in to the radio station and was rewarded with a live show on Saturday afternoons.
3. Felts’ big break came when he joined the Rockets, eventually becoming the front man for the rockabilly band. At one recording session when he was only 18, Roy Orbison, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis were all in attendance. Felts also once performed with Orbison at a drive-in theater in Dexter, MO, and considered him a mentor.
4. His career’s second act was in country music. In 1974, Felts released a cover version of Dobie Gray’s song “Drift Away,” which was his first really big hit. Over the next several years, he released 10 more Top 20 hits, including “Lonely Teardrops,” “Reconsider Me,” and “Somebody Hold Me (Until She Passes By).”
5. Though Felts continued to reside in Missouri throughout his career, he spent a lot of time on the road, touring through the United States and Europe throughout the 1970s and 1980s. His nickname was “Narvel the Marvel.” He was eventually inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Join us as we host this energetic performer live at the Narvel Felts concert Saturday, October 8 beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Fan Club® or on our website. Prices start at $10. Must be 21 to attend.