Fat Bubba Puddin'
"When I get done here, let's go over to the Cafe Swamp for some Jambalaya, crawfish, and red beans and rice."
Fat Bubba Puddin' was born in Knoxville, Tennessee early in the 20th century. Growing up in Knoxville, Fat Bubba demonstrated his organizational and promotional skills at an early age. By age 10, he worked as a carney on the Midway of the carnival that came to Knoxville every summer. He worked the ring toss, the milk bottle throw, the shooting gallery, the freak show and every other booth up and down the Midway. No one could bring in the customers like Fat Bubba could. His reputation spread quickly and there was soon a competition among the vendors along the Midway for his services. By the time he was a teenager, Fat Bubba was bringing in as much money as the mayor of Knoxville. But Fat Bubba didn't hang on to his money for long. He knew how to live well. He particularly liked to eat. Always a portly lad, he worked hard to maintain his rotund shape. His lavish meal and expensive tastes became legend.
Fat Bubba also had a keen ear for music. On a trip to Memphis in the early 1950's, he happened to bump into Sam Phillips of Sun Records in, where else, a restaurant. Fat Bubba like the Rockabilly sound Sam was producing and even offered to buy the contract of Sun's newest artist - a young truck driver named Elvis - right on the spot. However, just as they were about to ink the deal, Fat Bubba accidentally spilled a plate of Veal Oscar into Sam's lap, ruining his brand new sharkskin suit. Sam stormed out of the restaurant and Fat Bubba missed out on becoming part of Rock 'n Roll history. Still looking for a breakthrough artist, Fat Bubba happened upon Voodoo DeVille playing on the street corner just outside of the Peabody Hotel. He instantly recognized the sound that could put him on the show business map. Fat Bubba brought all his promotional skills to bear and soon convinced the boys to sign him on as their manager. Fat Bubba immediately booked Voodoo DeVille in a few clubs around Memphis and the boys were an instant hit. On the last night, Fat Bubba convinced Sam Phillips - after paying to have his suit cleaned - to come by and listen. Halfway through the first number, Sam asked Fat Bubba to have the boys come by the next day to record a demo. Exuberant, Fat Bubba ordered another dessert - Cherries Jubilee. He wolfed it down quickly. Unfortunately, one of the cherries still had the pit in it and the pit became lodged in Fat Bubba's throat. Unable to breath, Fat Bubba staggered around the club, knocking over tables, until he finally passed out from the lack of oxygen. He fell hard to the floor. The impact dislodged the cherry pit but this was not to be Fat Bubba's night. After three dozen oysters, two pounds of shrimp, a large prime rib, three pork chops, four baked potatoes, an untold number of sourdough rolls, an ice cream sundae, and the Cherries Jubilee, Fat Bubba's digestive system revolted. Sadly, Fat Bubba drowned in his own vomit before anyone could save him.
Deeply saddened, Voodoo DeVille thought they owed it to the memory of Fat Bubba to follow through on recording the demo over at Sun Records. But the fates worked against them. When they arrived the next morning, they found Sam had changed his mind. Fearing that Voodoo DeVille might overshadow them, Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis - Sun Records' "Million Dollar Quartet" convinced Sam that the country just wasn't ready for the Voodoo DeVille sound and that Sam should devote all his efforts to Elvis, Carl, Johnny, and Jerry Lee.