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Rockabilly performer, politician Bobby Lee Trammell dies

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Rockabilly performer Bobby Lee Trammell, whose varied career led him from recording the "Arkansas Twist" to getting elected to the state House of Representatives, has died. He was 74.

Trammell died last night at his home in Jonesboro, according to Roller Funeral Homes.

Trammell was known for wild gyrations and a rambunctiousness that would incite audiences and get him in trouble with promoters and authorities. He never gained the popularity of other stars from the broader region, such as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Trammell sought fame in California early in his career, after growing impatient with Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn. Trammell made the move after Phillips told him to keep practicing and come back in a few weeks.

Other songs, including "Shirley Lee" and "You Mostest Girl" brought Trammell limited recognition, but he pressed on with his career. He continued performing, though most of his dates were in Europe in recent years.

Trammell's daughter, Patty Carpenter, told The Jonesboro Sun that Trammell loved his music but that he was most proud of his service as state representative.

Trammell served in the Arkansas House from 1997 until 2002. He was also elected to the Craighead County Quorum Court.

A funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Saturday Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery.

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