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Narvel and Freddie Hart
 

October

October 27 I was part of the show billed as "Caravan of Stars" at the Civic Center in West Plains, Missouri. The line up was JR & the Secret Agent Man Tour, Narvel Felts and the Patsy Cline Tribute with Kortni Carroll. The audience included Bill Barnett and Larry Swift who have backed me many times. JR & the band did a good job backing me. The audience was receptive. At the end of the show I sat at the edge of the stage and greeted fans which included a couple wearing Narvel Felts T-shirts from North West Arkansas, a man from Ottawa, Kansas who has attended many of my shows and a couple originally from my high school home town of Bernie, Missouri. This was a 331 mile round trip drive for me in my van.

Final Farewell to:

 Fred Horrell, my friend since we were in our late teens. He played bass for me, for Bill Black Combo and Bruce Channel. He made some fine records himself.

 Walter Sorrells, my brother-in-law, married to my sister Ogareeda. He was a good man who loved his Methodist Church and attending concerts.

 Freddie Hart, my friend since we met on a package show in Cleveland in 1975. He Charted 48 songs in the Billboard Country Chart between 1959 and 1987 including number 1's, with the biggest being his gold record, "Easy Loving" in 1971. He was one who kept in touch with me through the years.

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Narvel 'Bub' Felts Jr.
















 Gone but never forgotten.

RIP Bub.

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Narvel and my long time friend Larry Cole
Rock-a-Billy Fest '06
Rock-a-billy Hall of Fame, Jackson, TN

Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Lee Riley, Narvel Felts
(Photo by Wade Olson)
State Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio
Nov. 10, 2007

September

September 1st I performed two concerts at the Performing Arts Center at Arkansas State University in Newport, Arkansas. The billing was Ronnie McDowell, Narvel Felts plus J. R. and The Secret Agent Man Tour. The MC was Charles Haymes, head of the Arkansas CMA who hosted a question and answer session between the audience and us just before the first show started. This plus both shows were videoed. Each audience was receptive. My cousins Don and Sandy Felts were there. My friend since 1960, singer Jimmy Busby was there. J. R. and the All stars did a great job backing me. Kortni had opened the the show. Ronnie McDowell called me back on stage to sing the ending of American Trilogy with him... he backed off and gave the last note to me. At the end of the show Ronnie, JR, Charles and myself were each presented a Senate Citation by Senator Linda Collins-Smith from the Arkansas State Senate. It was good visiting with those in the autograph line including the girls from Tupelo, the ones complimenting me on my voice and from Marked Tree, Navy Veteran Owen Miller who was stationed on the Pacific Island of Tinian in August 1945 and watched as the B-29 Enola Gay landed following it's historic mission to Japan to drop the first atomic bomb. He later met it's pilot, Air Force Colonel Paul Tibbets. I made this 260 mile round trip drive alone in my Dodge Grand Caravan.

September 8th I did a show at the town festival in the park at Newark, Arkansas. The billing was Narvel Felts and J. R. and The Secret Agent Man Tour. It was pouring down rain and the park was muddy when I got there. JR's motor home was right behind the stage. The bottom step wasn't out making it a a really high step to the next one which really hurt my back and hip. Just before my show time my cousin Betty Catt came in to see me with the help of her children and grandchildren. I was 12 years old when I attended her wedding in Osceola, Arkansas with my momma and daddy. JR Rodgers and the All Stars did a good job backing me. There was a roof over the stage so we didn't get wet. The audience was receptive. One lady was shouting, "Kiss-A-Me-Baby". Later in my autograph line, a long line of umbrellas awaited. She told me she's loved that record of mine since it first came out in 1957. Lori, background singer in the band did a great job handling my concessions. This was a 287 mile round trip drive for me alone in my Grand Caravan.

September 14th was the anniversary of our son Bub's death. We got a touching card from Steve and Fay Hockman from Strasburg, Virginia.

 In mid September I did a phone interview with Ray Carr on WCSB in the Cleveland area of Ohio. He played my Sun recordings, "My Babe", "Did You Tell Me", Lonely River" and "Cry Baby Cry" plus my first Mercury release, "Kiss-A-Me-Baby" all from 1957.

September 26th I was on "Class of 58" with Jerry Osborne on KPTZ Port Townsend, Washington. He played my 1955 Mercury release, "Dreamworld". He told me he'd started the oldie format on Gene Autry's show KOOL FM in Phoenix in 1971. He's played "Dreamworld" by me ever since.

The last week of September I heard Rick Sinclair play "Pink and Black Days"; Loretta heard my top 10 country hit from 1976, "Somebody Hold Me (Until She Passes By)"; we heard Cousin Carl play "Blue Darlin" all on KWKZ, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Final Farewell: Mike Lawrence; He played lead guitar with me in the late 80s and early 90s including my last appearance on the Grand Ole Opry for their Legend Show in 1991.

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Chet Atkins with guitar, Anita Kerr Singers, and Narvel Felts
during Sun Recording sessions

August

I spent August quietly at home with Loretta. It's wonderful that she's well again!

When home we listen to KWKZ Pure Country 106.1FM from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. We've recently heard Cousin Carl play my recordings, "Drift Away" and "Red Hair and Green Eyes". To close his show each Monday through Friday he plays my recording, "An Evening Prayer". This is somewhere between 1:40 and 2pm Central Time. You can listen if you wish on the worldwide web at KWKZ.com. Also at this station we've heard Rick Sinclair play my recordings, "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "Lonely Teardrops" on his morning show. On the Sunday morning Gospel show we've heard, "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You", "He's Coming in the Clouds" and "Peace in the Valley". This show is presented by John Anderson.

The RFD TV magazine says I'll be a guest on Heart to Heart Classics with Stan Hitchcock at 1pm Central time Friday, Oct. 19th. This was filmed in 1980.

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July

My wife Loretta was really sick for two months. Thankfully she is much better now. Her birthday was July 3rd. We celebrated quietly at home.

The 26th I did an on air interview by phone with Dave Norris on his Rockabilly show on BRFM from Kent, England. Before I went on the air my 1957 Sun Recording of, "Cry Baby Cry" was playing. He asked me about "Lonely River" from that same Memphis session and how Roy Orbison came out of the control room with the idea of the vocal backgrounds for that one. I told him how Roy got two or three of my band members together and taught them the parts he had in mind by singing to them. I'm not certain whether or not he stayed and sung with them on the take but he probably did!

My friend Ben Winter who spent his entire Navy career (I believe 20 years) playing lead guitar with the US Navy Band "Country Current" also called me on the 26th telling me he'd been hearing me played on "Willie's Roadhouse" on Sirius-XM Radio a lot during the last couple of months. He'd heard my 70's country hits, "Drift Away", "Reconsider Me" and "Funny How Time Slips Away". He said the DJ said I'm one of the greatest voices in country music! Thanks Dallas Wayne!

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Photo by Leonard Fulbright  ©2017

 

   

Narvel at Isle Casino in Cape Girardeau, MO 3-21-15

June

June 2nd I did my annual concert at the Rodgers Theater in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. This celebrates my 62nd year in the music business. A near full crowd welcomed me to the stage. Cousin Carl from KWKZ 106 in Cape Girardeau, MO introduced Matt from the station who then introduced me. Double Edge from Memphis did their always great job backing me. Some of my high school friends from Bernie were in the audience. My sister Ogareeda, my niece, Lecia and her fiancé Richard were there. Nominated country artist Susan Anderson Bell also from KWKZ along with her husband Arnold were there as was Gill who I bought many cars from in the 70s, 80s and 90s. A couple came all the way from the Wheeling, WV area some 700 miles away. Bill Barnett who backed me many times with his band was there. Our late son, Bub played drums with him. A long autograph line awaited me in the lobby. Our daughter Stacia and husband Danny sold my CDs as my old play Huey was in a nursing home.. he is out now.

Final Farewell: Al Jordan, Al played drums with me off and on from 1965 to 1976. He recorded some great records himself. RIP

New show dates are posted!

   

May

May 27th I was part of "Nashville Boogie" which included several venues and stages. Ninety acts all together! My show was at the Nashville Palace at 7:30pm. I was backed by the Rimshots from Cardiff, Wales. They have backed me on many Rockabilly and country festivals in England for more than 20 years. They did their usual fine job. My friends Ed and Katy Salamon took me to supper, sold my CDs then drove me back to the Opryland Hotel. Deke Dekerson was on stage prior to me. The audience was receptive. Through my autograph line came fans and friends from Nashville, England, Ireland, France, Sweden and Finland. This included Wildfire Willie and the Ramblers from Sweden. Blixten, Head of the American Car Club in Sweden plus a lady who had been in the audience when I did a show on the beach of the French Riviera in Niece, France in 1999.

I got my RFD TV Guide. I'll be on the Porter Wagoner Show, a rerun from 1974 at 3pm Central, Friday July 6. I'll be on Midwest Country, from recent years, 5pm Central, Sunday July 15.

< --- Narvel's look in the 1970s when he was at the height of his fame.

   

Narvel in 1957 when he recorded for Sun Records

April

April 20th I did my first show of this my 62nd year in show biz. It was at "Viva Las Vegas" Rockabilly Weekend at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas. It was Tom Ingram's dream to get all the of the living, still performing artists that recorded for Sun Records in the 50s together on the same show.

Billed as stars of Sun Rockabilly, the line up was The Pacers, Carl Mann, Narvel Felts, Hayden Thompson, Alton and Johnny Powers, Ruby Grayzell, WS Holland and Jimmy Van Eaton.

I was asked to do four songs, and for them to be songs I recorded for Sun in 1957. You can see the performance and hear the songs on my Video page.

It was good visiting with old friends plus folks who came through my autograph line. They were from Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, England, Sweden, Germany and Russia. A man from Russia told me his parents remember me from my "Country Hits" being played on the "Voice of America". Also through my line were folks from California and Texas. I was really surprised to see a couple from my old home town, Bernie, Missouri.

Larry Cole who plays Elvis in "The Million Dollar Quartet", his lady and Ronnie McDowell's former piano player helped me from my dressing room to my autograph line then to the van to my hotel. It was good having supper with Marc and Gaby, Editors of the magazine, "Blue Suede News".

April 30th Loretta and I celebrated out 56th wedding anniversary. It was a Monday in 1962 also. April 1st would have been our son Bub's 54th birthday. He was 31 when we lost him.

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February

Well hello there. Hope all is well with you and yours. On Saturday, Feb. 24th, a tornado hit out home town, Malden, Missouri. My family and I were thankfully spared! The same night a tornado hit my childhood hometown, Keiser, Arkansas. Be sure to check the Show Dates page for the latest listing.

 

   
   

January

Well hello there. The last show I did was in November. Thank you for my birthday cards and calls November 11th. Loretta and I enjoyed your Christmas cards. I do plan to do shows during my 62nd year in show biz. The first one will be listed on my Show Dates page. In a month I'll get information to you about more.