Wednesday, April 27, 2005

No more hot dogs

Hasil Adkins 1937-2005

Rock-a-billy artist Hasil Adkins dies

MADISON, W.Va. - Rock-a-billy artist Hasil Adkins, a one-man band whose screaming vocals and freestyle approach to rhythm landed a cult following, has died.

He was 67.

Adkins' body was found yesterday at his Madison home, where he lived alone. The cause of death has not been determined but it does not appear suspicious.

Guitar, harmonica, drums, foot-rhythm instruments -- Adkins played them all.

Known to his fans as The Haze, Adkins struggled for decades to get noticed. In a 2002 interview, he said he mailed out thousands of tapes and records over a 30-year period while fishing for a record deal.

Adkins was the original star of Norton Records, a label built around the primal recordings he produced beginning in the Eisenhower era.

Adkins claimed to have written more than seven-thousand songs. He first emerged in the 1950s, only to disappear again. European fans kept the rock-a-billy rage alive, and when the Cramps did an early 1980s remake of "She Said," Adkins' records suddenly became hot again.

His other hits included "Poultry in Motion," "Chicken Walk," "The Hunch," "Chocolate Milk Honeymoon," and "Boo Boo The Cat."


Blogger theoldroadhog said...

TheOldRoadHog here. Sad day. Hasil was still making music wasn't he? I saw Billy and Miriam last night...wasn't Hasil's record the first LP they put out?

Anyway, here's my 2 cents:
The All-Night Movers, "The Hunch"

27/4/05 3:37 PM  
Blogger KS said...

Yes. OUT TO HUNCH & THE WILD MAN were Norton's fist and third LP releases. #2 was Esquerita's VINTAGE VOOLA.

HAZE'S HOUSE PARTY was the first Norton 7" and the "Big Red Satellite" 45 was the second single on Norton. Norton #5 was the "Sally Wally Woody Waddy Weedy Wally" single.

I never got digited any Hasil Adkins cuz it just didn't seem right. And I'm not gonna start now so all of you people without record players are out of luck.

27/4/05 4:26 PM  
Blogger KS said...

Tell everyone you know to go to

There's an address up there to send contributions for a proper burial. Make
sure people know that any little bit will help and that they don't need to
send a lot of money. Haze didn't have enough money for a proper burial and
they'll put him in a pauper's grave with the convicts and the bums. He
doesn't belong there. He was a good man. God bless him.

28/4/05 7:40 PM  

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