He recorded his own song "Birmingham Bounce" in early 1950, the Golden River Boys being renamed the Pebbles on the record. It became a regional hit, and led to over 20 cover versions, the most successful being by Red Foley. Gunter’s original version has become regarded as a contender for the first rock and roll record, predating "Rocket 88" by a year. Gunter followed up with "Gonna Dance All Night", one of the first records to feature the actual words "rock’n’roll". When the Bama label folded, Gunter signed to Decca, and his 1951 duet with Roberta Lee, "Sixty Minute Man," was one of the first country records to cross over to R&B audiences.
In 1953 he began working at a radio station, and also remade "Gonna Dance All Night" and recorded "Jukebox Help Me Find My Baby", both of which were issued by Sun Records and became regional hits. He continued to record with limited success, and in the 1960s left the music business to develop a career in insurance, based in Colorado. In 1995 he began to perform again at festivals and lived in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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