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New Gene Summer's CD
Posted March 16, 2008 - Gene has just informed us that he has a brand new CD titled "Reminisce Cafe", just released on Seduction Records #110. This is Gene's 50th Anniversary Album released in 2008 on the exact date of his first 45 release, "School Of Rock 'n Roll", which was issued on February 1, 1958! "Reminisce Cafe" contains (15) NEWLY RECORDED tracks in the rockin' 50s style. This is Gene's first U.S. studio album since 1981! Tracks include: "Reminisce Cafe", "She Bops A Lot", "Just Together", "Rockin' Fever", "Crazy Cat Corner", "I Won't Take Any Less", "(It's Love Baby) Twenty Four Hours A Day", "Do A Little Roll", "Heartbreak City Limits", "Love Me Tender", "Gonna Drive 'Em Up A Wall", "Be-Bop City", "Hot Rod Baby", "I'm Flyin' In" and Little Lu Ann (a James McClung composition)!
         The liner notes were written by legendary DJ Ron Chapman and the album was produced by 3-time Grammy winner Phil York. CD has a 6-page, full color, fold-out with some never before published, personal pics from the early years to the present! (Cover Photo: Gene & Dea Summers, Dallas, 1962) [UPC663525221727] CD in stock. Immediate shipping, order from: Autographed copies are available upon request.

Mac Curtis' Blog

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(Posted Feb. 15, 2008) - Bill Turner: "Here's a photo from when I visited Franniy Beecher recently! As you can see, he looks great! (He PLAYED great too!) The guitar we're holding, is an old 1952 gold Les Paul that was completely restored by Gibson Guitars' Valley Arts division in Nashville!" -

Warren Smith
Paris, November 24, 1979

More About Warren HERE and HERE
Photo: Dominique "Imperial" ANGLARES

Danny's RHOF Page

Comet, Marshall Lyle
Celebrates 19th Birthday

More rare Marshall, Bill Haley, Saddleman photos here

Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading - Sat., 19 Jan. 2008
The 25th Annual UK
Rockers Reunion Winter Party

See Shaun Mather's Review
Shuttleworth's photos of this event

25-year-old CHRIS SCRUGGS (whose grandfather is Earl Scruggs and mom is Gail Davis) presented a lively demonstration of the steel guitar at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Sunday, December 23rd. Chris gave the audience the history of the instrument, playing many examples of techniques and styles. He is currently a member of BR549.

See more photos of Rose just posted on the
Maddox Brothers & Rose page.

The Original Comets Still at It!
In Branson, MO - November, 2007

Glen Glenn & Roc LaRue at the
"Crazy Legs Party" Oct. 27th

Many pictures from the Crazy Legs Party show held in France

CRAZY - The Story of Hank Garland
Inspired by the life of Hank Garland, the movie CRAZY is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950's. Blessed with incomparable, natural talent, Hank quickly established his reputation as the finest sessions player in Nashville. Artists such as Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, The Everly Brothers and Elvis all sought Hank's brilliant play for their recordings.

Roy Head and the Traits

Roy and the group were personally inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame® by Bob Timmers on Saturday, October 20th at a sold-out San Marcos, Texas State University special reunion event. This show marked the 50th anniversary of the band's first appearance. They are all classmates of San Marcos High School class of '57. Their big hit, "Treat Her Right," came in 1965.
See: Roy Head and the Traits Reunion

James Intveld on Stage at
Hemsby 39, October 13th 2007

Rod Pyke's Hemsby #39 Photo Album

"Thanks so very much to the fans. Janis will surely be missed by the Rock-A-Billy world, she was a true professional both on and off stage. She was loved by everyone that she ever came in contact with. She had the most beautiful voice of any entertainer. I'm sure the good Lord has her voice ringing out through the heavens. She just had a gift of God that was just out of this world. She would walk out on stage and the place would just go in an uproar. Janis just had that gift to pull people and put them in the palm of her hand. She had an impact on me that was unreal. I just know she's gone to a better place and that I'll see her one day."
B. Wayne Whitt,
Janis' husband.

RCCD 3056 - BUDDY HOLLY with
The Three Tunes - OHH! ANNIE!

This package includes studio masters not only previously unissued but whose very existence will be unknown to even the most committed of fans. There's also superior sound quality versions of most tracks that have been released, a detailed 36-page booklet with notes by John Ingman, Colin Davies and Sonny Curtis and several previously unpublished photographs. Available in two formats as shown above - click on each image for more details.

Dagmar and the Seductones
New CD: "Come Back to Me"

Contact: P.O. 65234, Washington, DC USA -

Hey "Hag" Fans ...
CLICK HERE to find more info on Merle's new 6-CD set ... including complete track listings.

Billy Joe Shaver
Friday, September 14, 2007
This Honky Tonk Outlaw has a big following among rockabilly fans.
Many bands cover his material.

A Video from the Show

Mac Curtis DVD
EMCEE MUSIC VENTURES (through the help of Rarity Records) proudly presents this collaboration between the Texas rockabilly legend MAC CURTIS and young rock 'n roll artist PHIL FRIENDLY. The disc features 21 songs and a few bonus clips.


Plaque on the wall of The TWIN BARS
where, in 1952 Bill Haley and The Saddlemen (later to become The Comets) played. That is where they first played "Rock This Joint", the song that many believe was the beginning of "rock & Roll". On July 14th 2007, and 55 years later, The Coments rocked South Jersey again. Paul Kain, city administrator, and Gina Dumphy, Director of Community Development for Gloucester City, did such a great job making everything work very smoothly for Marshall, Joey, Dick and the boys.

Sunday, August 12, 2007 - Memphis, TN

Lifetime Achievement/Induction Award for Elvis presented to Jerry Presley.

Plaque given by Patsy Andersen (Elvis' Favorite Gospel Show)
to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame®.

Shawn Camp & Billy Burnette
The Bluegrass Elvises
Read more about 'em here.

Hillbilly Casino
Riding the rockin' train to your town soon.
Read more about 'em here.       Both photos: Bonnie Tankersley

Wanda Jackson with the High Jacks
During August 2007, Wanda has been touring the US with the High Jacks from Sweden. She has worked with this group in Sweden for over 20 years and this is the first time the band has backed her in America. The High Jacks are (L-R): Anders Thomasson, bass; Lars Anderson, guitar; Nina Jedevin-Jonsson, vocals; Perry Johnsson, piano Jers Klarsson drums

Walt "Jelly Roll Rock" Brown
December, 2006

Roy Wilson of the Buzzards
Roy is one of the hardest working cats out there today. He and the band are popping up everywhere. Don't miss 'em. Here's a shot of Roy at David Loehr's recent Indianapolis Weekender. Photo courtesy of the Indy Road Rockets.

Bobby & Robby Vee
Visit Robby's Rockabilly Hall of Fame® page.

ROY CLARK made a rare autograph signing appearance in Nashville on Saturday, July 21st. Roy used to be Wanda Jackson's lead guitarist back in the early '60s.

... appeared at the Music Ranch USA Theater in West Point, KY on Saturday, July 14, 2007. The house was packed and Narvel performed an outstanding show.
Photo: Rockabilly Hall of Fame®

Wildest Cats In Town Weekender
Jack Neal (Blue Caps), Dick Richards & Marshall Lytle (Comets) and Kern Kennedy (Pacers) ... Saturday 30th June 2007, Pakefield, Lowestoft, UK

This gal has it all! The voice, attitude, pickin', sound, stage presence and whatever else it takes to become the next big sensation in the Rockabilly and Traditional Country markets. She did all but steal the show at the recent Indianapolis Rockabilly Rebel Weekender. When Mandy is on stage, she commands your full attention. She's a much-needed refreshing addition to the scene. Book her ... see Mandy whenever you can. ( This isn't a paid plug - she's just that freakin' good. A CD will be available in August. Mandy and Band's MySpace Site.

Marvin Rainwater, Lew Williams and Bob Timmers at the recent Green Bay Fest III

L to R:
Johnny Powers, Mac Curtis, Ray Campi and
Art Adams at the recent Green Bay Fest III

Photo by Alan Clark. More of Alan's Photos Here

Rusty York at Hemsby 38
Review by Tony Wilkinson

Billy Swan & James Burton
join the gang in London, May 11, 2007.
Photo: Ron Garson
Photos - More photos

with Los Straitjackets

at The Basement in Nashville, April 24, 2007.

Marti Brom
on stage at Hemsby 38, UK
Friday 20th April 2007. Photo: Rod Pyke

Jay Chevalier
Jay appeared at the Rockabilly Hall of Fames' 10th Anniversary Show in Las Vegas, April 6th. He did a great set, backed by "The Buzzards" from New York. Also in the photo is Roy, the leader of the band. Photo: Alan Clark

Jimmy Lee Fautheree

Photo: Jimmy Lee and his wife Nancy, 1957.
On 11th April 2007, this rockabilly legend would have been 73 years old. He passed away in 2004, due to cancer.

Glen was one of many performers at the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame Show at Viva Las Vegas on April 6th, 3-7pm.

Linda Gail Lewis and
Jorgen Poulsen

Jorgen will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Eddie Cochran Fan Club of Denmark on April 17, 2007. The above photo was taken at a Denmark rock 'n' roll show in 2006. For more information about this Fan Club,

Dale was one of many performers at the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame Show at Viva Las Vegas in April.


The guitar wizard who played that famous solo
in "Rock Around the Clock".
Learn all about Danny on his RHOF web page.

Appeared at the Surf Ballroom Show, February 1, 2007.
More Photos Here

Photo: Alan Clark

Pictured here in Phillips Studio, Memphis, TN
Saturday, Jan. 27th recording songs for his
new CD that will be available when he appears at
the Green Bay Onedia Casino Fest III in May.

Promotional photo for his "Don't You Hear Me Calling
Baby" release, March 1958 in Hollywood, California.

TOMMY SANDS with his
daughter JESSICA

Both performed at the 2007
in Hollywood, California.

Photo: Alan Clark


More information here.

the Legendary ROC LaRUE

Bruce Springsteen stopped by to see Robert Gordon and Link Wray perform at New York University. After Bob Gruen snapped this photo backstage, Bruce joined Robert, Link and the band on stage for a rousing double vocal with Robert on "Heartbreak Hotel."

Clowning around. Her RHOF web page here.

His song "COME BACK TO LOUISIANA", was proclaimed through House Bill 796 by Representative Danny Martiny, as the Official State Recovery song and on the same Bill: "Jay Chevalier shall be known as the Official State Troubadour for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita Relief Efforts as he travels the world bringing awareness of the destruction caused by the hurricanes and the continuing needs of the people of Lousiana."
More information here.

Answer at bottom of click this page.

appeared in a Fender magazine advertisement circa 1959.

... at age 26, when he was in the Harmie Smith band with Harry Todd on guitar. Harry Todd left Shreveport in 1950 but stayed friends with Tillman. He kindly sent our reporter in France (Dominique) this picture. True, Tillman is not 100% rockabilly but he helped to promote Hillbilly Bop giving assistance to Jimmy & Johnny, Elvis, David Houston, Johnny Horton, and others. Tillman autographed this photo for Harry as to "Radar" because Tillman would keep track of the audience head count lest the promoters might come up with different numbers.

Comets Update
Comets Bassist MARSHALL LYTLE reports: "Hi Everyone, from Branson, MO. Here is a backstage photo of me and some of the Original Stars of AmericanBandstand Show. They are from Left to Right: myself, Chris Montez, Fabian, Bobby Vee, and Brian Hyland.
The Original Comets are on every day (except Wed.) at 2PM. Still Rockin Around The Clock in Branson until December 9th. The COMETS will be off for Christmas, then on New Years Eve We will be at the Peppermill Casino in Wendover NV. Then on Jan 21 Thru 28,, a beautiful cruise thru the Western Caribbean. Come Join in the fun with Paul Revere and The Raiders, The Original Comets, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots, and a lot more great entertainers. The Comets will be in Las Vegas on Feb. 10th at The Cannary Casino. On Feb 20, The Original Comets leave for a 20 Concert Tour of Europe Returning March 20th, and Starting our next Season in Branson on April 1st 2007. I will pass on the Schedule for the European tour soon. We love you all." -Marshall

Gene Summers
at Hemsby 37, Seacroft Holiday Centre,
Hemsby, UK - Friday 13th October 2006
(photo: Barry Dixon) - Tony's Show Review

Born 1929 in Bangor, Maine.
Recorded for Flag Records, 1959:
"Eenie Meenie" & "Pink Elephants".

Linda Gail Lewis
.... and her daughter Annie Dawn, backed by Scotland's rockabilly band The Peas,
performed at the Town Hall in Maybole, Scotland on September 30, 2006.

Charlie Gracie and John Leyton with organizer Gwen Hale at the unveiling.
CHARLIE GRACIE dedicates new EDDIE COCHRAN Memorial at Big   Festival in CHIPPENHAM ENGLAND!
Philly born rock 'n' roll icon, Charlie Gracie headlined the annual 3-day Eddie Cochran Festival (Sept. 15-17) at Chippenham, England this year - which featured the dedication of a striking 6-foot, black, granite image of Eddie - to be put on display in the town where a tragic taxi accident took his life in 1960. Planners, Gwen Hale and Ken Hersey said thousands attended the concerts (at the Olympiad Arena) which also featured British Singer/Actor, John Leyton; Crazy Cavan,Wee Willie Harris and several other great acts. Charlie Gracie felt "honored" to do the unveiling and was chosen because of his close friendship to Eddie in the late 50s. When in Philly for gigs or a tv appearance on "American Bandstand," Eddie and manager, Jerry Capehart often visited the Gracie household where Charlie's mom prepared Italian dishes for them! According to Gwen Hale: "there was not a dry eye once that memorial was uncovered - including Charlie's. The cost of the memorial was over Seven Thousand Pounds and funds were raised by devout Cochran fans who worked tirelessly to see that their idol's legacy lives on! 

The Collins Kids
Photo courtesy Dominique "Imperial" Anglares, taken in Paris, at Disney's Billy Bobs, September 1, 2006. "They delivered a great show - rockin' and rollin' with 'Hot Rod', 'Ramrod', 'Whistle Bait', 'I'm in My Teens', 'Let's Have a Party' and many more. Notice that Lorrie's guitar has a hole due to pick use."

Remembering Buddy's 70th
Buddy Holly was born on September 7, 1936

Available at,,, and many Elvis websites.

Dale Hawkins
Appeared in Nashville, Monday, August 21st on the eve of his birthday. Guest performers included country singer Joe Stampley and guitarist Joe Khoury.

Jerry Lee Lewis
Photo: Richard Harvey
Recent JLL show review and Richard's comments here.

A Young Rose Maddox
19 years old - Circa 1944
Click on the above photo to see newly posted photos
(some very rare) of Rose and the Maddox Brothers.

BASSIST MARSHALL LYTLE REPORTS: July, 2006 - "This is a new photo of The COMETS. Left is Guitarist and Vocalist Jackson Haney. Next Joey Ambrose, Dick Richards, Marshall Lytle, and on the right is pianist, D'Vaughn Pershing. We are having the time of our lives, in the American Bandstand Theatre in Branson, MO. Wish you could ALL come see us. The Sound system is THE BEST. There is only four like this in the USA. Every seat has the SAME sound. It is the latest state of the art sound system, and the best in Branson."

Laura Lee Perkins

A rare stage photo taken in 1958.
See Laura Lee's show poster from the same year.

The above photo scan of "Haydon" was taken from his hometown (Wheeling, IL) newspaper. Hayden was featured on the cover of the "Wheeling Countryside" edition this past May. He still uses the Gibson guitar shown on the old album cover.


This never before released photo was taken in front of The Big D Jamboree fence in the early '50s. Jimmy's clothes were made by his mother. He left us on 29th June 2004.

Featured on the new Rhino Records "Rockin' Bones" box set.


The Rockabilly Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 639
Burns, TN 37029 USA
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