The Internet is a wonderful thing, official, at least in my book. I had a comment to my last blog, and it made my day. It was from Clayton Glover the son of Clayton Glover, the drummer who played for Tooter Boatman. Who you may ask? Well Tooter Boatman recorded some of the finest Rockabilly ever put to wax back in the 1950’s, and like so many other talented artists he gained no more than limited local acclaim. But that doesn’t take anything away from the legend that is Tooter. Clayton was asking if he thought there would be any interest in a documentary about Tooter, if you are not familiar with his legend here is a piece I wrote a while back about him. Some of the facts actually taken from Clay Glover senior’s memories, have a quick in a nutshell squint.
By all accounts Tooter Boatman was a lover and a scrapper, he liked a fight and a f**k but it’s not certain in what order. He looks like a hardcase in the photos that survive of him. Inked up, surely one of the first tattooed rockers, and looks so mean you can believe stories of him giving bulls a kicking which resulted in them running off in fear. Add to that tales of him taking on three big blokes in bar at the same time and giving them a whooping. He is also said to have had ‘more girlfriends than Elvis had gold records’, had a girl in every town and was even married, but just for the day. Tooter Boatman and his band The Chapparals released a rip roaring slab of scream laden, snare jangling, piano murdering, slap bass rockabilly in the shape of ‘Thunder and Lightning’ and ‘The Will Of Love’ which you really need to hear before you die. Hard as he may have been Tooter was killed by a hit and run driver in 1964 aged 28, that’s the only way they’d have had him.
Well what do you think? I for one would love to hear the first hand tales of Tooter Rockin’ Rollin’ Lovin’ and Fightin’ his way around the Southern States. Should it matter that he is obscure to most? I don’t think so, what do you think? I will send a link of this to Clayton, feel free to pass this on and make comments of encouragement or otherwise. For those that don’t know Tooter’s classic track ‘Thunder and Lightning’, feast your ears on this.