In the 1980s, the rockabilly revival in Europe resulted in renewed interest in Clay; he then toured England in 1986. Further info about Joe Clay is from source LP 'Ducktail' in 1986; Bear Family Records BFX 15224 (made in West Germany). He drove a school bus for 15 years in the New Orleans area (reported on the back LP cover in 1986 from Bear Records) LP back cover "During 1955 his local reputation enabled him to play the prestigious Louisiana Hayride out of Shreveport where he shared billing with the newly emerging Elvis Presley." It also mentions he even filled in as a drummer for Elvis when he played Pontchartrain Amusement Park in New Orleans and D.J. Fontana could not make the gig. Joe Clay's parents encouraged an early interest in country music and at the age of 12, he was already a competent drummer, later also learning rhythm guitar & electric bass. The LP "Ducktail" back cover article was written by Ian Wallis, June 1986. In 2008, Joe Clay appeared in an award-winning Canadian documentary entitled Rockabilly 514 directed by Patricia Chica and Mike Wafer. He speaks about his early beginnings as a rockabilly musician in the 1950s and his fascination for the new generation of rockabilly kids. He's also seen performing live his single Sixteen Chicks among an enthusiastic crowd of young rockabilly fans. Joe Clay died September 26, 2016 in Gretna, Louisiana.
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