Bob Luman

I guess you would call this artist a One-Hit guy, but I have always enjoyed his music.  He started as a Rock and Roller, but then they called it Rockabilly.  Unfortunately his life did not last that long as he would leave us at the age of 41…

Bob Luman


Here are some great video’s from the Town Hall Party 1958:

[Yikes! I notice the guitar solos in this are almost identical to the guitar solo in Bill Haley’s Rock Around The Clock! – RS]

Look at the Guitar player – it is the Great James Burton:


1.  Let’s Think About Living/ Warner 5172/ September 1960/ #7 

Here are a couple of Bob Luman Songs that I enjoy.

2.  I Got a Woman 3.  Mystery Train


Bob Luman (Robert Glynn Luman, 15 April 1937 – December 27, 1978) was an American country and rockabilly singer born in Blackjack, Texas, a church community south of Tyler in Smith County, Texas.

Bob first gained regional success following Elvis’ departure as a regular from “The Louisiana Hayride” in 1956. His “Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache” did quite well, receiving good radio play in the South. The girls at The Hayride screamed like they had for Elvis!

The smooth baritone was best-known in non-country circles for his crossover hit, “Let’s Think About Living,” a novelty song that hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #9 on the Billboard country chart in 1960. The Everly Brothers backed Luman on this recording with their distinct acoustic guitar playing!

Luman was, however, well-known in the country music world. His 1972 hit, “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers,” became his biggest country hit, hitting #4 on the country chart. (Steve Wariner, who had earlier been a member of Luman’s band, later covered the song in the 1984, and he, too, took it to #4 on the country charts.)

Luman’s other country hits included “Ain’t Got Time To Be Unhappy” (1968),  “When You Say Love” (1972),  “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)” (1973),  “Still Loving You” (1974),  “Proud Of You Baby” (1975),  and “The Pay Phone” (1977).

Luman died of pneumonia in 1978, at the age of 41.


2 responses to “Bob Luman

  1. Marilyn Stuart

    Check out the bass player. It’s James Kirkland, another great musician. Both Kirkland and Burton were signed by Ricky Nelson and played on a number of his hits and appeared regularly as the backup for Nelson on the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet show. Rick Nelson was even the best man at James Kirkland’s first marriage. After leaving Rick’s band, Kirkland went back to play with Bob Luman until Luman was drafted into the army. He
    then joined Jim Reeves and toured with him. There are some first class musicians in these videos.

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