At the age of 18, encouraged by his friends, Fred Horrell entered a talent contest at Onie Wheeler's Ozark Corrall. He won first place singing Roy Orbison's "Ooby Dooby". The rest is history. From there he joined Mert Mirly and the Rhythm Steppers as lead vocalist.
In 1960, Fred left the Rhythm Steppers and formed his own band "The Flames". Fred and the band were in demand and began to travel out of the midwest. In 1961, the legendary Bill Black's Combo hired him to tour with them. This posed a problem for the Flames, but Fred hired Billy "Lover Please" Swan to take his place until his return. After his return, back with the Flames again, they traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to record "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" on the Sahara Label.
During Fred's travels he played with and became friends with many great musicians of the time such as Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison, Narvel Felts, Lou Hobbs, Gene Simmons and Bruce "Hey Baby" Channel plus many others. In 1970, Fred left the music scene to pursue other business interests, Kim Horrell Keele, a teenager at the time, wanted to try a professional singing career. Fred formed a new band to accompany his only daughter with her dream.
In 1970, Fred left the music scene to pursue other business interests. Then in 1975, music returned into his life, when daughter, Kim Horrell Keele, a teenager at the time, wanted to try a professional singing career. Fred formed a new band to accompany his only daughter with her dream.
In the 1980's Fred himself was back in recording on his own label "Capetown" Records. This new label and the songs he recorded received good D.J. response and began to hit the CashBox top 100 charts with the recording of "Easy" and "Sure Feel Like Love Tonight". All of the records received extensive airplay and hit many of the Indies charts.
In the 1990's, Fred continued to sing with bands and also worked with his daughter, Kim Horrell Keele in various shows. Currently, Fred, and his son Scott are in the process of reactivating Capetown Records. Scott, has a degree in sound engineering from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and experience with MCA Publishing and promotions, including Nashville Country Music Radio Seminar. At this time they are working on a recording Project with Kim Horrell Keele and are archiving songs from 1959 to the present, converting to CD quality.
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