The above question is asked by Lou Reed in ‘Dirt’. If the answer is no then the above video–a mashup of two separate performances of Fuller’s hit ‘I Fought The Law’ will provide the answer. Featuring some excellent Go-Go-Girl action, the vids supply a look at Fuller just a year or so before his still mysterious death.
Within months of “I Fought the Law” becoming a top 10 hit, Fuller was found dead in an automobile parked outside his Hollywood apartment. The Los Angeles deputy medical examiner’s report states that Bobby’s face, chest, and side were covered in ‘petechial hemorrhages,’ probably caused by gasoline vapors and the summer heat. He found no bruises, no broken bones, no cuts. No evidence of beating.” Kuipers further explains that boxes for “accident” and “suicide” were checked, but next to the boxes were question marks. Despite the official cause of death, some commentators believe Fuller was murdered. Erik Greene, a relative of Sam Cooke, has cited similarities in the deaths of Cooke and Fuller. Fuller’s bandmate Jim Reese suspected that Charles Manson played a role in Fuller’s death, but never provided credible evidence; Manson was in prison from 1961 to 1967. A sensationalist crime website has speculated that the Los Angeles Police Department may have been involved because of Fuller’s connection to a Mafia-related woman. On that happy note, enjoy Fuller’s lasting contribution to rock and roll, made at a time when the Buddy Holly influence that he was clearly a purveyor of had been all but swarmed by the British Invasion.