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Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps

RECORDING SESSION HISTORY


Musicians on first recordings ("Race with the Devil" thru "Five Days, Five Days"): Cliff Gallup, lead guitar; Dickie Harrell, drums and screams; Willie Williams, rhythm guitar; Jack Neal, upright bass.

Musicians on second set of recordings ("I Got It" thru "Vincent's Blues"): Johnny Meeks, lead guitar; Dickie Harrell, drums; Bobby Jones, electric bass guitar; Paul Peek and Bubba Facenda, background vocals/hand clapping; occasionally Eddie Cochran did some background singing, using a bass voice; on some sessions Buck Owens played rhythm guitar; and on some songs The Jordanairies provided background vocals.

There's more to Gene Vincent than "Be Bop A Lula". Take the time to find the music and listen, especially recordings from 1956 thru 1958.


SONGS are listed in order of recording date and
the actual session taping sequence during that day.

[Key: SONG,
date recorded,
US release date,
label,
location,
recorded for: S=single or LP=album]

RACE WITH THE DEVIL, 5/4/56, 9/10/56, Capitol, Nashville, S.

BE BOP A LULA, 5/4/56, 5/6/56, Capitol, Nashville, S, 20 weeks on charts, reached number 7.

WOMAN LOVE, 5/4/56, 5/6/56, Capitol, Nashville, S.

I SURE MISS YOU, 5/4/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

JEZEBEL, 6/24/56, 8/13/56, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

CRAZY LEGS, 6/24/56, 1/7/57, Capitol, Nashville, S.

PEG O' MY HEART, 6/24/56, 8/13/56, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

WEDDING BELLS, 6/24/56, 8/13/56, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

WALTZ OF THE WIND, 6/25/56, 8/13/96, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

AIN'T SHE SWEET, 6/25/56, 8/13/96, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

GONNA BACK UP BABY, 6/25/56, 9/10/96, Capitol, Nashville, S.

WHO SLAPPED JOHN?, 6/26/56, 8/13/96, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

JUMPS, GIGGLES AND SHOUTS, 6/26/56, 8/13/96, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

BLUEJEAN BOP, 6/26/56, 8/13/96, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

I FLIPPED, 6/26/56, 8/13/96, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

BOP STREET, 6/27/56, 8/13/96, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

WELL I KNOCKED BIM BAM, 6/27/56. 5/58, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

YOU TOLD A FIB, 6 27/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

JUMP BACK, HONEY, JUMP BACK, 6/27/56, 8/13/56, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

TEENAGE PARTNER (version 1), 10/15/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

BLUES STAY AWAY FROM ME, 10/15/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

FIVE FEET OF LOVIN' (version 1), 10/15/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

CAT MAN, 10/15/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

DOUBLE TALKING BABY, 10/16/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

HOLD ME, HUG ME, ROCK ME, 10/16/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

UNCHAINED MELODY, 10/16/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

B I BICKEY BI BO BO GO, 10/17/56, 3/25/57, Capitol, Nashville, S.

PINK THUNDERBIRD, 10/17/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

PRETTY PRETTY BABY, 10/17/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

CRUISIN', 10/17/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

IMPORTANT WORDS (version 1), 10/18/56, 7/1/57, Capitol, Nashville, S.

YOU BETTER BELIEVE, 10/18/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

RED BLUEJEANS AND A PONY TAIL, 10/18/56, 3/4/57, Capitol, Nashville, LP.

FIVE DAYS, FIVE DAYS, (last appearance of Cliff Gallup) and (with The Jordanairies), 10/18/56, 3/25/57, Capitol, Nashville, S.

I GOT IT (Johnny Meeks' first lead guitar cut), 6/19/57, 11/18/57, Capital, Los Angeles, S.

WEAR MY RING, 6/19/57, 7/22/57, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

LOTTA LOVIN', 6/19/57, 7/22/57, Capitol, Los Angeles, S., 19 weeks on charts, reached number 13.

ROLLIN' DANNY, 6/19/57, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

TIME WILL BRING YOU EVERYTHING, 6/20/57, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles LP.

TRUE TO YOU, 6/20/57, 5/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

IN MY DREAMS, 6/20/57, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

DANCE TO THE BOP, 6/20/57, 11/18/57, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

YOUR CHEATIN HEART, 12/6/57, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

BABY BLUE, 12/6/57, 5/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

WALKIN' HOME FROM SCHOOL, 12/6/57, 1/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

IT'S NO LIE, 12/6/57, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

SHOULD I EVER LOVE AGAIN, 12/9/96, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

FLEA BRAIN, 12/9/96, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

BRAND NEW BEAT, 12/9/96, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

FRANKIE AND JOHNNIE, 12/9/57, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

YOU BELONG TO ME, 12/10/57, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

KEEP IT A SECRET, 12/10/57, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

YES I LOVE YOU BABY, 12/10/57, 7/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON, 12/15/57, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

RIGHT NOW, 12/15/57, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE, 12/15/57, 3/18/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

I GOT A BABY, 12/15/57, 1/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

DANCE IN THE STREET, 3/25/58, 8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, EP.

GIT IT (with Eddie Cochran on bass vocals), 3/25/58, 9/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

I LOVE YOU, 3/26/58, 9/8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

TEENAGE PARTNER (version 2), 3/26/58, 9/8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

PEACE OF MIND, 3/26/58, 9/8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

LOVELY LORETTA, 3/26/58, 8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, EP.

LITTLE LOVER, 3/27/58, 9/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

ROCKY ROAD BLUES, 3/27/58, 7/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

SOMEBODY HELP ME, 3/27/58, 9/8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

FIVE FEET OF LOVIN' (version2), 3/27/58, 9/8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

LOOK WHAT YOU GONE AND DONE TO ME, 3/28/58, 9/8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

HEY GOOD LOOKING, 3/28/58, 9/8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

SUMMERTIME, 3/28/58, 9/8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

I CAN'T HELP IT, 3/28/58, 9/8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

THE WAYWARD WIND, 3/29/58, 9/8/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

NOW IS THE HOUR, 3/29/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

LONESOME BOY, 10/13/58, ?, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME, 10/13/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

MAYBE, 10/13/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

GOT TO GET TO YOU YET, 10/14/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

MY HEART, 10/14/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

THE NIGHT IS SO LONELY, 10/14/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

BEAUTIFUL BROWN EYES, 10/15/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

RIP IT UP, 10/15/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

MAYBELLINE, 10/15/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, 10/15/58, 6/59, Capitol Angeles, LP.

SAY MAMA, 10/16/58, 11/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

BE BOP BOOGIE BOY, 10/16/58, 11/58, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU WANNA LEAVE, 10/16/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

WHO'S PUSHING YOUR SWING, 10/19/58, 1/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

ANNA ANNABELLE, 10/19/58, 9/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

GONE GONE GONE, 10/19/58, ?, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

I MIGHT HAVE KNOWN, 10/20/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

IMPORTANT WORDS (version 2), 10/21/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

MY BABY DON'T 'LOW, 10/20/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

OVER THE RAINBOW, 10/20/58, 1/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

READY TEDDY, 10/21/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

VINCENT'S BLUES, (last appearance of Johnny Meeks until Aug., 1969) 10/21/58, 6/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

PRETTY PEARLY, 8/3/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE, 8/3/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

SHE SHE LITTLE SHEILA, 8/3/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

DARLENE, 8/3/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

WHY DON'T YOU PEOPLE LEARN HOW TO DRIVE, 8/4/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

CRAZY TIMES, 8/4/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

GREEN BACK DOLLAR, 8/4/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

BIG FAT SATURDAY NIGHT, 8/5/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

WILD CAT, 8/5/59, 11/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

HOT DOLLAR, 8/5/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

RIGHT HERE ON EARTH, 8/5/59, 11/59, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

BLUE EYES CRYIN' IN THE RAIN, 8/6/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

EVERYBODY'S GOT A DATE BUT ME, 8/6/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

MITCHIKO FROM TOKYO, 8/6/59, 1/60, Capitol, Los Angeles, LP.

(Blue Caps disband. Gene Vincent travels to Europe).

PISTOL PACKIN' MAMA, 5/11/60, 6/60, Capitol, London, S.

WEEPING WILLOW, 5/11/60, 6/60, Capitol, London, S.

CRAZY BEAT, 1/10/61, 3/28/63, Capitol, London, LP.

I'M GONNA CATCH ME A RAT, 1/10/61, 3/28/63, Capitol, London, LP.

IT'S BEEN NICE, 1/10/61, 3/28/63, Capitol, London, LP.

THAT'S THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE, 1/10/61, 3/28/63, Capitol, London, LP.

GOOD LOVIN', 1/11/61, 3/28/63, Capitol, London, LP.

MISTER LONELINESS, 1/11/61, 2/61, Capitol, London, S.

TEARDROPS, 1/11/61, 3/28/63, Capitol, London, LP.

IF YOU WANT MY LOVIN', 1/11/61, 2/61, Capitol, London, S.

I'M GOING HOME, 7/27/61, 8/61, Capitol, London, S.

LOVE OF A MAN, 7/27/61, 8/61, Capitol, London, S.

BABY DON'T BELIEVE HIM (with members of the Champs), 10/18/61, 1962, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

LUCKY STAR, (with members of the Champs), 10/18/61, 1962, Capitol, Los Angeles, S.

SPACESHIP TO MARS, 11/30/61, 1962, Capitol, London, LP.

THERE I GO AGAIN, 11/30/61, 1963, Capitol, London, EP.

KING OF FOOLS, 7/3/62, 8/62, Capitol, London, S.

YOU'RE STILL IN MY HEART, 7/3/62, 2/63, Capitol, London, S.

HELD FOR QUESTIONING, 7/3/62, 2/63, Capitol, London, S.

BE BOP A LULA '62, 7/3/62, 8/62, Capitol, London, S.

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE, 11/14/63, 11/63, Columbia, London, S.

TEMPTATION BABY, 11/14/63, 11/63, Columbia, London, S.

THE BEGINNING OF THE END, 11/14/63, 5/64, Columbia, London, S.

LA DEN DA DEN DA DA, 11/63, 5/64, Columbia, London, S.

HUMPITY, DUMPITY, 11/63, 2/64, Columbia, London, S.

A LOVE 'EM AND LEAVE KINDA GUY, 11/63, 2/64, Columbia, London, S.

LOVE LOVE LOVE, 3/16/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, S.

LAVENDER BLUE, 3/16/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, S.

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE, 3/16/64, 8/64, Columbia, London, S.

SLIPPIN' AND SLIDIN', 5/15/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, LP.

PRIVATE DETECTIVE, 5/15/64, 8/64, Columbia, London, S.

SHIMMY SHAMMY SHINGLE, 5/15/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, LP.

LONG TALL SALLY, 5/15/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, LP.

GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY, 5/15/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, LP.

SEND ME SOME LOVIN', 6/23/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, LP.

HEY HEY HEY HEY, 6/23/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, LP.

ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT, 6/23/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, LP.

SOMEDAY, 6/24/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, LP.

BABY BLUE '64, 6/24/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, LP.

SUSI Q, 6/24/64, 10/64, Columbia, London, LP.

HURTIN' FOR YOU BABY, 6/66, 4/29/67, Challenge, Hollywood CA, S.

I'M A LONESOME FUGITIVE, 6/66, 7/67, Challenge, Hollywood CA, LP.

BORN TO BE A ROLLING STONE, 6/66, 4/29/67, Challenge, Hollywood CA, S.

HI LILI, HI LO, 6/66, 7/67, Challenge, Hollywood CA, LP.

POOR MAN'S PRISON, 6/66, 7/67, Challenge, Hollywood CA, LP.

WORDS AND MUSIC, 6/66, 7/67, Challenge, Hollywood CA, LP.

BIRD DOGGIN', 6/66, 8/66, Challenge, Hollywood CA, S.

I'VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU, 6/66, 11/66, Challenge, Hollywood CA, S.

LOVE IS A BIRD, 6/66, 7/67, Challenge, Hollywood CA, LP.

AIN'T THAT TOO MUCH, 6/66, 8/66, Challenge, Hollywood CA, S.

LONELY STREET, 6/66, 11/66, Challenge, Hollywood CA, S.

AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET, 6/66, 7/67, Challenge, Hollywood CA, LP.

STORY OF THE ROCKERS, 7/25/67, 1969, Playground, Hollywood CA, S.

PICKIN' POPPIES, 7/25/67, 1969, Playground, Hollywood CA, S.

The following 12 songs have Johnny Meeks back on lead guitar.

ROCKIN' ROBIN, mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

IN THE PINES, mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

BE BOP A LULA '69, mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

RAINBOW AT MIDNIGHT, mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

BLACK LETTER, mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

WHITE LIGHTNING, mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

SEXY WAYS, mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

RUBY BABY, mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

LOTTA LOVIN, '69, mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

CIRCLE NEVER BROKEN, mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

(I HEARD THAT) LONESOME WHISTLE, mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

SCARLET RIBBONS (w/Linda Ronstadt), mid-Aug. '69, 1969, Dandelion, Los Angeles, LP.

SUNSHINE, 3/5th to 8th/70, 7/90, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

I NEED A WOMAN, 3/5th to 8th/70, 7/90, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

SLOW TIMES COMIN', 3/5th to 8th/70, 7/90, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

DANSE COLINDA, 3/5th to 8th/70, 7/90, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

GEESE, 3/5th to 8th/70 sessions, 7/90, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

500 MILES AWAY FROM HOME, 3/5th to 8th/70 sessions, 7/90, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC, 3/5th to 8th/70 sessions, 7/90, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

IF ONLY YOU COULD SEE ME TODAY, 3/5th to 8th/70 sessions, 7/90, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

A MILLION SHADES OF BLUE, 3/5th to 8th/70 sessions, 7/90, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

TUSH DOG, 3/5th to 8th/70 sessions, 7/90, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

HOW I LOVE THEM OLD SONGS, 10/17/70, 11/70, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, S.

HIGH ON LIFE, 10/17/70, 4/71, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, S.

NORTH CAROLINA LINE, 10/17/70, 7/71, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY, 10/17/70, 7/71, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

THERE IS SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND, 10/17/70, 7/71, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

OUR SOULS, 10/20/70, 11/70, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, S.

THE DAY THE WORLD TURNED BLUE, 10/20/70, 7/71, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

BOPPIN' THE BLUES, 10/20/70, 7/71, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

LOOKING BACK, 10/20/70, 7/71, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

OH LONESOME ME, 10/20/70, 7/71, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK, 10/20/70, 7/71, Kama Sutra, Hollywood CA, LP.

SAY MAMA '71, 2/71, 2/71, B&C Records, London, LP.

I'M MOVIN' ON, 2/71, 2/71, B&C Records, London, LP.

BRING IT ON HOME, 9/71, ?, Ron Weisner's apartment, LP.

THE ROSE OF LOVE, 9/71, ?, Ron Weisner's apartment, LP.

HEY HEY HEY HEY, 9/71, ?, Ron Weisner's apartment, LP.

PARTY DOLL, 9/71, ?, Ron Weisner's apartment, LP.

SAY MAMA, 10/1/71, 9/74, Nighttrack Records, LP.

BE BOP A LULA, 10/1/71, 9/74, Nighttrack Records, LP.

ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN, 10/1/71, 9/74, Nighttrack Records, LP.

WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' (never released), 10/1/71.

DISTANT DRUMS (a no-rehearsal, one-take cut) 10/1/71, 9/74, Nighttrack Records, LP.




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