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Gene Vincent

Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:54 am

My favourite '50's singer, after Elvis, is Gene Vincent. It is true he started out as Capitals answer to Elvis, but IMO he had the next best series of double sided rock'n'roll singles of the decade.

On hearing 'Be-Bop-A-Lula', Glady's thought it was her own son on the radio and Scotty and Bill accused Elvis of making a record without them! When Gene bumped into Elvis at a railway station he immediatly went on the defences saying he wasn't trying to copy him, Elvis's typical answer was "Don't worry son there's room for all of us"

Like most US rock'n'roll singers Gene had his biggest success in Europe, particulary in the early '60's. I have a picture of John Lennon, with hero worship in his eyes, requesting an autograph at the Star-Club, Hamburg in 1962.

A few of the great singles are: 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' b/w 'Woman Love', 'Race With The Devil' b/w 'Gonna Back Up Baby', 'Lotta Lovin'' b/w 'Wear my Ring', 'Baby Blue' b/w 'True to You', 'Rocky Road Blues' b/w 'Yes I Love you Baby', 'Say Mama' b/w 'Be Bop Boogie Boy' plus many, many more.

His group 'The Blue Caps' were superp and his two stand out lead guitarists were Cliff Gallop followed by Johnny Meeks, like Elvis it was the guitar sound that helped define his music.

Also like Elvis he could sing a ballad just as well as rock, just listen to 'Weeping Willow' or his version of 'Over The Rainbow'. Unfortunatly his chart placings are dismal with only a few of his records making the top 20 on either side of the atlantic, belying the fact of his great music and of his influence of the next generation of beat singers in the '60's.

Chris.

Re: Gene Vincent

Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:11 am

Well put Chris. Vincent is one of my many 50's heroes & his song Cat Man has to be one of the wildest records of it's day, pure rockin' bliss!!

Re: Gene Vincent

Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:37 am

yeah vincent is in my top ten rocknroll artists & he was such a great ballad singer too.



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Re: Gene Vincent

Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:58 am

I picked up a best of Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps a few years ago.

Think it was an EMI CD.

Haven't listened to it in ages - think I'll try and find it to have another spin.

The story about Be Bop A Lula is funny, but he was much more than an imitator.

Re: Gene Vincent

Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:52 pm

I'm also a Gene Vincent fan, In my opinion he was very underrated. I'm surprised he didn't cover more country music in the 60's. If he'd made that transition, as did Conway Twitty he possibly could have had more chart success, I think he certainly had the voice for country as well as rock, this is demonstrated particularly, in his version of 500 miles away from home.

Re: Gene Vincent

Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:02 pm

I actually prefer Eddie Cochran, but unlike Gene, Eddie's ballad singing wasn't nearly as good.

Re: Gene Vincent

Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:04 pm

I like a little of Eddie Cochran, but I'm not a big fan, not overly keen on his Ballads.

Re: Gene Vincent

Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:09 pm

Highly recommended is Bear Family's, 'The Road Is Rocky', it has all of Gene's masters in excellent quality on 8 CD's and a hardcover book. All the available outtakes, on 6 CD's, can be found on BF's 'Outtakes' series.

http://www.bear-family.de/oxrootid/clas ... tml?lang=1
http://www.bear-family.de/index.php?sid ... &tcexact=0

They are not cheap, but truly fantastic !!

Re: Gene Vincent

Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:42 pm

memphisflash wrote:Highly recommended is Bear Family's, 'The Road Is Rocky', it has all of Gene's masters in excellent quality on 8 CD's and a hardcover book. All the available outtakes, on 6 CD's, can be found on BF's 'Outtakes' series.

http://www.bear-family.de/oxrootid/clas ... tml?lang=1
http://www.bear-family.de/index.php?sid ... &tcexact=0

They are not cheap, but truly fantastic !!


I own these set's they are fantastic :)

Re: Gene Vincent

Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:56 pm

mrst2b wrote:
memphisflash wrote:Highly recommended is Bear Family's, 'The Road Is Rocky', it has all of Gene's masters in excellent quality on 8 CD's and a hardcover book. All the available outtakes, on 6 CD's, can be found on BF's 'Outtakes' series.

http://www.bear-family.de/oxrootid/clas ... tml?lang=1
http://www.bear-family.de/index.php?sid ... &tcexact=0

They are not cheap, but truly fantastic !!


I own these set's they are fantastic :)


Yes they are, just like the Eddie Cochran box ...

Re: Gene Vincent

Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:38 pm

I have all of his orginal LP's on vinyl as they reissued them a few years back. Very good artist.

Re: Gene Vincent

Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:22 am

TONY. wrote:I actually prefer Eddie Cochran, but unlike Gene, Eddie's ballad singing wasn't nearly as good.

I love Eddie Cochran , yes he was not that great with ballads but dont forget I Remember which is a brilliant ballad. My favorite artists from the golden era are...

1.Elvis Presley
2.Eddie Cochran
3.Chuck Berry
4.Jerry Lee Lewis
5.Gene Vincent
6.Link Wray
7.Little Richard
8.Buddy Holly

My favorite songs from Gene Vincent are Say Mama, Lotta Lovin,Baby Blue and the best version of Unchaned Melody EVER!! I dont know how many versions Gene Vincent sang but the one I heard from his best collection CD's was unbelievable! Elvis sang it like a King but Gene Vincent sang it like a real Greaser !

Re: Gene Vincent

Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:21 am

Gene's guitarists, Cliff Gallup and Johnny Meeks, should also get some mention here. Very influential and key to his sound.

Re: Gene Vincent

Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:40 am

midnightx wrote:Gene's guitarists, Cliff Gallup and Johnny Meeks, should also get some mention here. Very influential and key to his sound.

What years were they with or what LP's where they on?

Re: Gene Vincent

Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:06 pm

Mike Eder wrote:
midnightx wrote:Gene's guitarists, Cliff Gallup and Johnny Meeks, should also get some mention here. Very influential and key to his sound.

What years were they with or what LP's where they on?


I had mentioned these brilliant guitarists by name in my original post!

Cliff Gallop was there from the original recording date on May 4th 1956 untill Oct 18th 1956 (at this session the Jordanairs were also present) Johnny Meeks took over for the next session on June 19th 1957 and stayed untill Oct. 20th 1958.Johnny Merritt took over the lead guitar for the Aug. 3rd, 5th and 6th 1959 session. At the end of that year Gene came to Britain and re-invented himself (via Jack Good) into the black leather immage. Which of course Elvis then copied for the 1968 special.

Re: Gene Vincent

Thu May 10, 2012 10:02 pm

memphisflash wrote:
mrst2b wrote:
memphisflash wrote:Highly recommended is Bear Family's, 'The Road Is Rocky', it has all of Gene's masters in excellent quality on 8 CD's and a hardcover book. All the available outtakes, on 6 CD's, can be found on BF's 'Outtakes' series.

http://www.bear-family.de/oxrootid/clas ... tml?lang=1
http://www.bear-family.de/index.php?sid ... &tcexact=0

They are not cheap, but truly fantastic !!


I own these set's they are fantastic :)


Yes they are, just like the Eddie Cochran box ...


I haven't got the Eddie Cochran box, not overly keen on him..but nice to know you like it.

Re: Gene Vincent

Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:09 pm

Here is Gene in england 1969. :smt006

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSDSand-6IY