Reynolds was born in Colorado in 1932, but he was raised in Oklahoma. He learned how to play guitar during his early teen years, when he gravitated to the Western swing sounds of Hank Thompson, Bob Wills, and Eddy Arnold. In 1952, he founded a group called the Storms. Within three years, he was in Texas, where he played rockabilly, caught Roy Orbison's live act, and enjoyed the music of such performers as Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley.
Herb Montei, a Hollywood music publisher, turned down Reynolds when he heard his first demo submissions. After hearing Endless Sleep, however, Montei agreed to manage the young rockabilly singer and he arranged for Reynolds to record the song for Demon Records. Reynolds had written the song in a single afternoon in 1956 in Yuma, AZ. Some of Reynolds' songs, including Endless Sleep, give a writing credit to Dolores Nance, but the name is a pseudonym that Reynolds used.
Reynolds and the Storms later recorded a honky tonk sounding instrumental, Thunder, for Indigo. The flip side was Tarantula. Reynolds also released Stormy on Smash Records, which was backed by Don't Jump. For Brent, he recorded Raggedy Ann, which was produced by Alan Freed. Fire of Love has been featured in a few films, including #Doctor Chance in France.
Reynolds remained with the Storms throughout the 1960s. He left the limelight during the 1970s. He settled in Palm Springs, CA, where he sells real estate. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi
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