9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Abbeville, Louisiana native Bobby Charles left a massive imprint on the Deep South music scene but it was a novelty song he wrote that drew him the most acclaim.

‘Later Alligator’ hit the Billboard R&B charts on this day back in 1956, and made a modest impact but when Bill Haley recorded it two years later, the track turned into a monster that saw regular royalty checks cut and sent to Mr Charles.

Not hip to Bobby Charles? Dial up Youtube and put on “Rice N Gravy,” that’s Willie’s band backing Bobby up with Neil Young playing guitar.

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