Compton Brothers

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The three brothers Tom (vocals, lead guitar), Bill (vocals, guitar) and Harry (vocals, 12-string guitar, drums) were all born in Desloge, Missouri, USA. Their father worked on a pipeline project, which…
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The three brothers Tom (vocals, lead guitar), Bill (vocals, guitar) and Harry (vocals, 12-string guitar, drums) were all born in Desloge, Missouri, USA. Their father worked on a pipeline project, which involved the family living in a mobile home and in various locations. While in Colorado, when the boys were 12, 11 and 7, respectively, they started a professional career by winning a major talent contest in Colorado. After relocating to Missouri and adding further successes, they joined Ozark Jubilee. Their career was interrupted when Tom and Bill saw military service, during which time they formed a friendship with bass guitarist Dave Murray. They re-formed after service and with Murray won a Columbia Records recording contract in 1964. In 1965, they joined the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree and later opened for Roger Miller and Buck Owens. In 1966, unsuccessful on Columbia Records, they moved to Dot Records and gained a minor hit with their first release, ‘Pickin’ Up The Mail’. By 1975, they had registered only 13 country chart entries. They included a cover version of Christie’s pop hit ‘Yellow River’ and a version of Roy Orbison’s song ‘Claudette’. Most had failed to reach the Top 40, the exceptions being ‘Haunted House’ (number 11, 1969) and their version of the Coasters’ 1959 pop hit ‘Charlie Brown’ (number 16, 1970). They achieved no further chart success and presumably concentrated on running their own publishing company, Wepedol Music.