I Fought the Law (Mustang, 1965)
I Fought the Law was written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, though it was popularized by the Bobby Fuller Four which became a top ten hit in 1966. (It achieved further success in 1979 after a cover by The Clash.) Bobby Fuller and his band achieved regional success in Texas. They won a major label contract and changed their name to Bobby Fuller Four. They covered I Fought the Law and peaked at #9 in the U.S., #11 in Canada and #33 in the UK. A mere six months later, Fuller was found asphyxiated in his mother’s car in a parking lot near his Los Angeles apartment. His death was declared a suicide, though rumors persist that he was murdered. Fuller was only 23 years old.