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Formed in the autumn of 1957 in Raton, New Mexico, USA, the Fireballs originally comprised George Tomsco (b. 24 April 1940, Raton, New Mexico, USA; guitar, vocals), Chuck Tharp (b. 3 February 1941; lead vocals), Danny Trammell (b. 14 July 1940; rhythm guitar), Stan Lark (b. 27 July 1940; bass, vocals) and Eric Budd (b. 23 October 1938; drums).

Their Tex-Mex instrumental rock 'n' roll was driven by Tomsco's clear and concise guitar sound, which helped the group place 11 singles in the US charts between 1959 and 1969, as well as to become internationally known for their instrumental recordings of Fireball, Torquay, Bulldog, Vaquero, Gunshot, Quite A Party .

 
They achieved their greatest success when they hooked up with singer Jimmy Gilmer. In 1963 song Sugar Shack stayed at number 1 in Billboard Magazine for five weeks.

The Fireballs also attracted controversy in the 60s, when they were used to overdub music behind unfinished tapes recorded by Buddy Holly before his death in 1959.

George Tomsco and Chuck Tharp have more recently reunited for a new version of the Fireballs, and in 1995 they put out a CD called Fireball Country

The Fireballs were the blueprint for the 60s surf rock and author Michael Corcoran says, "George's guitar work has influenced just about every instrumental rock band in existence."

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