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    (March 24, 1912-July 24, 1968)
    Born in Memphis, Tennessee
    Birth name was James Drake
    Recorded the novelty songs 'Transfusion' and 'Ape Call' (both 1956)
    Ironically (considering that his biggest hit is about a lead-footed driver repeatedly crashing his car), he was a truck driver before becoming a performer.
    'Transfusion' was banned by the ABC and NBC radio networks for being in poor taste.
    He turned down an offer to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
    He was a heavy drinker who died of cirrhosis of the liver.
    'Transfusion' was named one of the ten worst songs of all time in a listeners poll conducted by British disc jockey Kenny Everett (1978).
    'Transfusion' sold half a million singles in two weeks.
    He donated his body to medical school.
    The car crashes in 'Transfusion' came from a sound effects record and would reappear on Jan & Dean's 'Dead Man's Curve' and the Shangri-Las' 'Leader of the Pack.'
    He was indirectly responsible for Barrett Hansen becoming Dr. Demento: someone who heard Hansen spinning 'Transfusion' declared, 'You have to demented to play something like that!'

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