Bobby Fuller Four : Rock ‘n’ Roll Mustangs : A Musical Overview of Bobby Fuller and Mustang Records
written, researched and annotated by Stephen J. McParland
CMusic Books, 2009. ISBN: 9781876788254
“This is the first book that attempts to document the musical career of Bobby Fuller and Mustang Records. After 40 years, the facts are finally presented in a cohesive form, based primarily on many firsthand recollections from those involved. Archival and fresh interviews have been used to piece together the story of the musical career of Bobby Fuller and also that of Mustang Records, together with its various offshoots such as Bronco, Selma and Scarlet.
The story begins in El Paso, Texas and ends tragically in Hollywood, California with Bobby Fuller’s murder by person or persons unknown.
Together with an exhaustive look at Fuller’s recording career, in particular the Bobby Fuller Four, the events surrounding his murder are dissected and the various theories pertaining to why he was murdered and who was responsible are also investigated.
The book comprises seven chapters, five appendices, a thorough index of 13 pages, 21 pages of B&W photos and graphics, and 12 full colour photo pages. The appendices include a complete Bobby Fuller discography and a Mustang Records discography, as well as 21 pages of notes.
It is hoped that this book will provoke a more thorough investigation into the death of Bobby Fuller. It is long overdue.”
Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of ’60s Rock
Miller Freeman Books, 2000. ISBN-10: 0879306165 / ISBN-13: 978-0879306168
“This book takes you inside the minds and music of ’60s rockers who took chances in the name of art. Blending firsthand interviews with musical critiques, these in-depth profiles tell the stories of visionary musicians who never got their due–and perhaps never cared to. These underrated artists range from pop acts who aspired only to AM radio fame, to rebel bands whose very names kept them off the air, to groups who flirted with stardom but never made the grade. You’ll meet British Invasion innovators, psychedelic trailblazers, rock satirists, blue-eyed soulsters, folk-rockers, and others who helped make the ’60s the revolution that it was.”
Features a piece on Bobby Fuller (pp. 161-173), in a section of the book called “Two-Shot Wonders”.
The book also includes a CD with the following tracks:
1. “Reno Nevada” – Richard & Mimi Farina
2. “Kill For Peace” – The Fugs
3. “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night” (Live Version) – The Electric Prunes
4- “Jump, Jive And Harmonize” – Thee Midniters
5. “Never To Be Forgotten” – The Bobby Fuller Four
6. “Some Things I Can’t Forget” – The Poets
The Oracle of Del-Fi
Del-Fi International Books, 2006. ISBN-10: 0976810514 / ISBN-13: 978-0976810513
“The Real Story Behind Hollywood’s Legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Mogul Bob Keane, president of Del-Fi Records, tells a story within a story, dealing not only with the West coast record scene of the ’50s and ’60s, but also with his life journey as a man in search of his dream… to become a great clarinetist and band-leader like his idol, Benny Goodman. His quest leads him through a maze of incredible circumstances that shape him into a legendary figure in the record industry. As a musician and record business hustler, Keane finds himself an eyewitness to both the center state action and the sometimes deadly games acted out behind the scenes. Keane gives readers the real story behind Ritchie Valens and “La Bamba” as well as previously unknown insights into the death of another of his major artists, Bobby Fuller, with the cover-up and web of lies that made it one of Hollywood’s most intriguing unsolved murder mysteries. Bob also tells the true stories behind the discovery and rise to fame of Sam Cooke, Barry White, Frank Zappa and other Del-Fi recording legends. The Oracle of Del-Fi is a timely story that covers a 60-year journey of a man whose will to succeed against almost impossible odds is an inspiration to all who find their ambitions frustrated by life’s disappointments and tricks of fate. If you recognize these songs, you’ll love this book! LA BAMBA — DONNA — I FOUGHT THE LAW — COME ON LET’S GO — YOU SEND ME — HYPPY HIPPY SHAKE — CINDY’S BIRTHDAY The Oracle of Del-Fi offers an exciting account of the murder, mystery, deception, and mayhem that permeated the music industry of early Hollywood.”