"Over the Rainbow" vocal by Roman Self
Saturday, October 15, 2005
at the ELKS LODGE, 14440 Friar Street, Van Nuys, CA 91401
Special Thanks To:
"Blue Caps": JOHNNY MEEKS, TOMMY FACENDA and DICKIE HARRELL -
KEN NELSON, Legendary Producer
GLEN GLENN, RAY CAMPI, TOMMY SANDS, DIAMOND DAVE SOMERVILLE, BILLY ZOOM & BAND, BOB KELLY,
DON WEISE, KIM LENZ, LARRY MERRITT, ROMAN SELF, ALAN CLARK, MOLLY BEE, SUZY Q and her BE-BOP BOYS,
TINA and BRANDI CRADDOCK, BUDDY DUGHI, PEP TORRES & BAND, RORY JUSTICE, CHERRI MAE and Her ROCKET BOYS
ARIANNE TIMMERS, PAT WOERTINK, MIKE HAWKINS, T.C. GEBHEIM, DIANNE DURAN, BILL BARKER and the Van Nuys ELKS LODGE STAFF
And thank you to all the fans who attended and who are keeping Gene's music alive.
Carol Hicks Photos:
Page 1 -
Page 2 -
Brandi Stollak Photos
Lynne Self's Photo Pages
Alan Clark's Photo Page
Other Event Photos
AT GENE'S GRAVESITE. L-R: Johnny Meeks, Glen Glenn and his wife Mary,
Tommy Facenda, Dickie Harrell and his wife Donna.
L-R: Tommy Sands, Ken Nelson (speaking) - Tina Craddock (Gene's sister at grave site).
ON STAGE Photo Left: Larry Merritt, Dickie Harrell, Tommy Facenda, Johnny Meeks, Alan Clark
Photo Right: Dickie Harrell, Johnny Meeks, Bob Timmers, Tommy Facenda, Alan Clark
The Blue Caps Receive Their Individuals Awards
presented by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame®
in conjunction with Pat Woertink and Mike Hawkins.
Photo: Carol Hicks
More Photos and Reviews to Come Soon
The entire event, including the show, rehearsal and grave site tribute
was video taped by Mike Hawkins and will available in a few weeks.
October 15, 2005 - I am very proud and privileged to have know Gene as a friend from 1964 up until the day he died. He
had been my absolute idol since LULA and I have often said and written about the very
first time I saw him live on stage in England on 11th January 1960. The sights and sound of that
show live with me today.
I went with Gene to Europe and got to know him very well. I know he trusted me and I was equally
able to return that trust in him. I was even lucky enough to have him stay at my home several times
on his working trips to the United Kingdom. We had some fun! He was a friend, a close friend and a
friend who I miss very much and always will.
For all those here today who did not know him, or never saw him perform, take strength in his
fabulous catalogue of certainly the classiest rock'n'roll ever performed.
John Sebastian, who was one of Gene's musical friends, sang once about "how to tell a stranger 'bout
rock'n'roll" - I can tell him, just play Rocky Road Blues.
Gene never treated life as a rehersal - he lived hard, loved hard, played hard and my God he worked
hard. He would certainly be proud at this fantastic reception today (tonight).
Gene, I thank you for being a friend.
GENE VINCENT'S WEB SITE
GENE VINCENT'S TRIBUTE PAGE (Post a Message)
DICKIE HARRELL'S Gene Vincent Tribute CD
A Rockabilly Music Preservation, Inc. Production ©2005
Drawing of Gene courtesy of Guy Gilchrist, "Nancy" cartoonist