Sleepy LaBeef dies at age 84

In Memory of a Rock Star

A Rock and Roll & Rockabilly LEGEND

Sleepy LaBeef, a Rockabilly LEGEND, died at age 84. He was one of the mainstreams in rock and roll and continued to play throughout his entire life. Our site will be dedicated to this man, and we appreciate everything he has done for music!

The NY Times did a great post about Sleepy LaBeef’s legacy. It noted that, although he never had a huge rock and roll hit, he had an amazing following and fan base. Sleepy was one of those musicians that didn’t let old age stop him from playing what he loved the most – rock and roll!

Rock and Roll isn’t the only thing Mr. LaBeef could play. He knew over 6,500 songs ranging from rock, country, gospel, jazz and blues. One of the best guitar players you would have ever heard, if you saw him perform live. Incredible human being, naturally gifted, a hard worker and a musician who cared.


audiophile music genres

Top Audiophile Music Songs for Every Genre

How do you discover a better music genre or expand your knowledge of music? The only way is by listening to a wide variety of music. But maneuvering through unfamiliar types to find something you like can be daunting. Below is a handpicked genre sampler list for an audiophile.

What Music is good for Audiophiles Anyways?

Audiophiles love their music, but which is best? We’ll break it down by category, or genre, if you will. One of the most important things right now is you just bought some great speakers (with an amp) and now its time to use them to its full capabilities.

With all the information out there, you can research even more on musical instruments and audio equipment ( Find the best, and exactly what you are looking for. Even for the average home owner that just wants to listen to music with some better equipment, there’s something for everyone.

The style of production of the chosen songs and the sonic character is sure to give your hi-fi a workout. It will also broaden your music horizons. Are you ready? Let’s go!

Audiophile Music for Jazz Lovers

Jazz is a divisive form of art. Believe it or not, it has been America’s single most significant contribution during the 20th century. Some jazz recordings have high hi-fi potency. The following are examples of the best jazz music for audiophiles. If you aren’t on the radar of some jazz, then get ready to add your favorite list.

Billy Cobham-Stratus

Billy Cobham is a famous drummer and notorious in risk-taking in his music. He is the engine in the song. That makes “Stratus” a perfect test of the fierceness of your system. The song utilizes drums, acoustic and electric piano, horns, and percussion. Also, it employs the acoustic and electric bass and wind instrument, which take turns. As the instruments chip in simultaneously, your system should be able to capture this virtuoso.

Body and Soul

Artist: Thelonious Monk

The Monk recording features a unique style. He combines piercing attacks, unpredictable tone releases, and pauses that make the music fascinating to listen to. The solo piano piece improvises periodic silences and tonal releases. Such attacks and collapses are exclusive to the jazz music genre. However, if your system fails to pick the details, the song will be sounding more of Les Dawson.

Audiophile Music for Rock Enthusiasts

Most of today’s rock music is loud, even when playing at a low volume. Listening to such songs using a quality audio gear such as a hi-fi, can be horrific. That is why the audiophile looks out for rock songs that have a wider dynamic range. Thankfully there are still artists who produce well-mastered and impeccable songs. Below are some high-end Hifi songs you can listen to.

Ring of Fire

Artist: Sleepy LaBeef

The song features impressive guitar recordings. It is all rounded and doesn’t dominate the track. Thus, you can hear the transitioning between slow and fast kicks. Your system should be highly versatile to enable you to enjoy the range and intense energy. It should perfectly capture every element of the music.

Masterpiece Theater III

Artist: Marianas Trench

The song features a pop-rock band and is well-constructed. You will enjoy the depth it provides. It brings a mixture of excellent vocals coupled with tempo transitions and a bit of chaos that makes it exceptional. The song seems to be telling a musical story. It reminds you of the entire album while still being a separate piece. Its layering will give you some chills.

Audiophile Music for Classical Fans


Artist: Anthony Braxton

He improvises and layers other pieces over his song Ghost trance music. The skillful and vertiginous song performance is suitable for all year moods.


Artis: Derek Bermel

The song begins with a dizzying melting pot of folk like rhythms. It also incorporates droning tunes and pungent modernist harmonies. He also spikes the sounds with a burst of wailing jazz A.T. The endless lines brings out counterpoint and a flowing harmony.


With all these genres to choose from, there’s something for every audiophile – that’s for sure. With that being said, the time is right now to go out and hook your system up, buy what you need and start listening to some beautiful music.

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One of the most impressive American rockstars! Sleepy LaBeef is an American rockabilly musician, if you haven’t known by now!

What is a Rockabilly Musician?

Rockabilly is one of the most earliest styles of rock. It dates all the way back to the 1950’s in the United States and was most popular down in the South. The music blends the sound of western country with rhythm and blues. If you are still confused about both of those styles, when you mix them together (beautifully of course) you get what is now referred to as old classic rock and roll.

Sleepy LaBeef’s Bio

For half a century, Sleepy LaBeef has lived his life on stages, in honky-tonks, and on the road. He has released records in six different decades and has had chart success as far back as the sixties and as recently as the year 2000. Sleepy LaBeef has shared bills with practically every great in music history: Elvis Presley, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins, has numbered in his band over five hundred people (including the likes of Doug Kershaw, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, D.J. Fontana, and Grady Martin), and has been an admitted influence to such a variety of people as Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beatles.

Sleepy LaBeef, who has been dubbed the Bull, the Road Warrior, and the Human Jukebox, has been laying down a seemingly endless variety of roots music since 1953, when he moved to Texas from his home state of Arkansas. Here, Sleepy began to gain notoriety as a singer while performing at the Magnolia Gardens, the Houston Jamboree, the Louisiana Hayride, and scores of bars, family shows, and spots on both radio and television.

Managed by Hal Harris (now, remembered most for his song, “Jitterbop Baby”), Sleepy released a dozen rockabilly singles in the fifties, recording at Pappy Daily’s famous Gold Star Studios. In 1964, LaBeef was signed with Columbia, where he had his first chart success, with “Every Day”, in 1968. At the end of the decade, he signed with Shelby Singleton’s Plantation label and earned a top twenty hit with “Blackland Farmer.” He recorded from the early seventies till 1979 on Sun, when he switched to Rounder, releasing several critically successful albums until signing with MC records and charting, once again, with “Detour” in 2000.

As significant as his recording career has been, it is the live Sleepy LaBeef that is important. Today, at 67, Sleepy still performs two hundred shows a year and plays with such energy that people a third of his age are annihilated when they attempt to keep up with him.

Sleepy LaBeef’s live sets are truly indescribable. One must see them to understand that he is doing nothing less than giving up his body to the spirit of the music and testifying. In this day of studio effects and ever-changing technology, many record buyers wonder why a live show even matters. Sleepy LaBeef is the answer.

Mr. LaBeef is as modest and spiritually grounded as he is ablaze, arguably the world‘s greatest living roots legend, and he seems unaware that he is the inspiration to three generations of roots music lovers.

“Ah, I’m just out there having fun,” he says, in his deep, humble, Arkansas drawl.

So speaks the giant in the black Stetson hat. The Bull. The Road Warrior. The Human Jukebox. Sleepy LaBeef.

— John Kite

What Record Label Brands Supported Sleepy LaBeef?

There were a few record labels that took on LaBeef because of his up and coming rock star status. Here are the list of record labels that supported him:

  • Starday Records
  • Starday-Mercury Records
  • Dixie Records
  • Gulf Records Records
  • Crescent Records
  • Wayside Records
  • Finn Records
  • Picture Records
  • Columbia Records

Here’s Sleepy LaBeef performing LIVE in Las Vegas 2016:

Oh How Times Have Changed

We’re back here at Sleepy LaBeef and we are better than ever before. With our full time team taking on this project, we can’t wait to show everyone what we have in store. Sleepy was an amazing artist and we want to tribute this blog to him. On the agenda are topics related to art and music.

There are two things in life that we go by. First, the ability to see things clearly. Second, taking full advantage of opportunities. We will by those two creeds and we want to spread that to our viewers. Thanks for visiting, and be sure to come back soon!