The Confederate Rebel look for some teds never became dominant anywhere but seems to have started as something of a fun prank in 1975 when some 250 south London teds – after too much drink, no doubt – resurrected the Confederate States of America under their president Sunglasses Ron and promptly declared war on the USA!
Why the declaration of war on the USA? Revenge for the concerted US attempts to clamp down on rock’n’roll music after 1958? A declaration of war on a nation that had turned its back on its God-given destiny to spread real rock’n’roll worldwide?
Pt of Confederate States of America 1975
Sunglasses Ron (Staples)
‘Tooting’ Ray Emery
‘Rockola’ Ray Flight
Tongue Tied Danny (DJ)
Hard Luck Al
The American rock’n’roller Ray Campi and the Rockabilly Rebels toured Britain for the first time in December 1977 with Rollin’ Rock Roadshow.
In 1979 a band called Matchbox appeared on Top of the Pops to perform their hit Rockabilly Rebel with lead singer Graham Fenton sporting a Confederate civil war uniform.
“It is a fact that Teds and Rockabillies have often worn the Confederate flag without racist intent.” Keith Crane (rockabilly fan and active trade unionist). www.dreamdeferred.org.uk/2022/01/rockabilly-teddy-boys-racism-antiracism-and-that-bloody-flag/