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    COMMENTS on 209 individual SONGS

    Listed alphabetically...showing order of sequence recorded, SONG TITLE, year issued, comments (if any).

    183 500 MILES AWAY FROM HOME: 1970. Backup group made up of session musicians including Augie Meyers (on organ) and Harvey Kagan of the Sir Douglas Quintet. Traditional song that Bobby Bare made popular in 1963.

    137 A LOVE 'EM LEAVE 'EM KINDA GUY: 1964. One of three songs recorded with The Ivor Raymonde Orchestra, UK.

    186 A MILLION SHADES OF BLUE: 1970. Backup group made up of session musicians including Augie Meyers and Harvey Kagan of the Sir Douglas Quintet.

    099 ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE: 1960. Written by Harold Arlen, who also composed "Over the Rainbow."

    011 AIN'T SHE SWEET: 1956. Originally done in 1927, Gene used it to help fill his first album. The Beatles did it in 1961.

    161 AIN'T THAT TOO MUCH: 1967. The Champs were Gene's backup group. Recorded in Hollywood, CA.

    163 AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET: 1967. Recorded in Hollywood, CA. The basic song was just a backing track that Challenge Records had on file. Gene added his vocals with some trouble adjusting the low key of the pre-recorded tape.

    090 ANNA ANNABELLE: 1960. Recorded in 1958. Gene's shortest song. Written by Clifton Simmons

    148 ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK. A Sam Cooke original. Gene and Sam were friends. Gene once proclaimed Sam Cooke was his favorite vocalist.

    028 B I BICKY BI BO BO GO: 1957. Pure frantic rock 'n' roll.

    045 BABY BLUE '58: This excellent blues/rock single appears in the 1958 "Hot Rod Gang" movie. The song was a big hit in France in 1963. Baby Blue was also the name of a Gene Vincent American Fan Club.

    150 BABY BLUE '64: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK.

    124 BABY DON'T BELIEVE HIM: 1962. Backup group: The Dave Burgess Band.

    002 BE BOP A LULA: 1956. 20 weeks on the charts, peaking at #7. This was the first (and biggest) release by Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps. See the special Be Bop A Lula page for complete information on this classic.

    131 BE BOP A LULA '62: 1962. Gene changed the words slightly on this new version to fit the twist craze. Backup music by the Charles Blackwell Orchestra, UK. Ironically "Be Bop A Lula '62" was Gene's last recording for Capitol Records, as his contract expired at the end of 1962. The original Be Bop A Lula had started it all.

    168 BE BOP A LULA '69: 1969. Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks. Dandelion Records.

    206 BE BOP A LULA '71: 1974. Recorded days before Gene's death in England. Backup band was The Kansas Hook (out of Birmingham, England), featuring Richard Cole, Gene's US lead guitarist/manager at the time.

    087 BE BOP BOOGIE BOY: 1958. Words and music by Gene Vincent.

    081 BEAUTIFUL BROWN EYES: 1959. In took 16 takes to record this song. Gene keep trying to sing it three-four waltz time while the band was playing in four-four. And it took 16 years for Capitol to release it.

    105 BIG FAT SATURDAY NIGHT: 1960. Written by D. Convay and J. Berry, who later penned "Pony Time" for Chubby Checker in 1961.

    158 BIRD DOGGIN': 1967. The Champs were Gene's backup group. Recorded in Hollywood, CA,

    170 BLACK LETTER: 1969. Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks. Dandelion Records.

    109 BLUE EYES CRYIN' IN THE RAIN: 1960. Written by Fred Rose during the 1940's.

    015 BLUEJEAN BOP: 1956. A single with "Who Slapped John?" on backside. 2 weeks on the charts, reaching #49. Over a million copies were sold, but Gene never received a gold record.

    022 BLUES STAY AWAY FROM ME: 1957. Originally performed and composed in the 1940's by the Delmore Brothers (sometimes considered as the fore-fathers of rockabilly).

    017 BOP STREET: 1956. Written by Cliff Gallup. Found on first LP.

    195 BOPPIN' THE BLUES: 1971. Featuring session musicians, including Al Casey and Gene's wife Jackie Frisco on backup vocals. An old Carl Perkins hit that Gene always wanted to record.

    154 BORN TO BE A ROLLING STONE: 1967. The Champs (including Glen Campbell, Dave Burgess, with Jimmy Seals and Dash Croft of later-to-be Seals & Croft) were Gene's backup group. Recorded in Hollywood, CA. Gene's voice is multi-tracked on this song.

    050 BRAND NEW BEAT: 1958. First cut, side one, third album. Shows the in style difference between old lead guitarist Cliff Gallup and replacement Johnny Meeks...a little less echo and more biting Fender Strat treble.

    201 BRING IT ON HOME: 1980. Recorded in 1971 just weeks before Gene died, on a $140 tape recorder in Ron Weiser's California apartment. Music tracks were added later in Ron's Rollin' Rock studio.

    055 BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON: 1958. Original written in 1909 and sheet music sold over a million copies back then. Coincidentally Little Richard did the tune about the same time Gene recorded it.

    024 CAT MAN: 1957. Written by Gene. Great work by Cliff Gallup on guitar and Dickie Harrell on drums.

    175 CIRCLE NEVER BROKEN: 1969. Traditional song. Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks. Dandelion Records.

    114 CRAZY BEAT: Recorded 1/10/61. Gene was backed by the Jimmie Haskell Orchestra, UK. "Crazy Beat" is the title of Gene's seventh LP, not released in the US, but issued on 3/2/63 in Europe.

    006 CRAZY LEGS: 1956. Written by Jerry Reed. Jerry said it was the worst song he'd ever wrote.

    103 CRAZY TIMES: 1960. The title song from Gene's sixth Capitol album, T1342.

    031 CRUISIN': 1957. On 2nd LP. The song triggered Jeff Beck's interest in Gene's guitarist Cliff Gallup.

    059 DANCE IN THE STREET: 1958. On "Hot Rod Gang" EP.

    043 DANCE TO THE BOP: 1957. Single that reached #43, staying on the charts for 9 weeks. When Gene appeared on the Ed Sullivan show 12/17/57 (see "Lotta Lovin'" '57 listing) he also sang "Dance to the Bop." The next day this song, the follow-up to "Lotta Lovin''', was released. The song appears on the sound-track from the "Hot Rod Gang" movie of 1958. "I Got It" was the B-side.

    181 DANSE COLINDA: 1970. Traditional erotic French dance song a/k/a "Kalinda." Backup group made up of session musicians including Augie Meyers and Harvey Kagan of the Sir Douglas Quintet.

    101 DARLENE: 1960. Gene wrote this tune, supposedly dedicated to his wife at the time, Darlene.

    209 DISTANT DRUMS: 1974. Recorded days before Gene's death in England. Backup band was The Kansas Hook (out of Birmingham, England), featuring Richard Cole, Gene's US lead guitarist/manager at the time.

    025 DOUBLE TALKING BABY: 1957. On 2nd LP. Song covered by the Stray Cats in 1981.

    110 EVERYBODY'S GOT A DATE BUT ME: 1960. Composed by Whitey Pullen, Gene's manager during the summer of 1959.

    035 FIVE DAYS, FIVE DAYS: 1957. Released as a single with The Jordanairies doing vocals on the chorus. The last song Cliff Gallup recorded with Gene and The Blue Caps.

    023 FIVE FEET OF LOVIN' #1: Recorded in 1956, but released many years later, three years after Gene's death. Written by Mel Tillis.

    068 FIVE FEET OF LOVIN' #2: 1958. Released in the same year as it was recorded.

    049 FLEA BRAIN: 1958. One of Gene's rare humorous songs. In fact you can hear him break up as he sings the lyrics: "She leaned way back just to straight up her hose, well, the ice cream melted and the coffee froze."

    051 FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (or JOHNNIE): 1958. Traditional "true story" 1889 folk song, but Gene changed some of the words. It's rumored that Johnny Meeks used a coin to pick his lead guitar on this cut, trying to achieve a different sound.

    182 GEESE: 1970. Written by Gene and one of his wives, Jackie Frisco. Backup group made up of session musicians including Augie Meyers and Harvey Kagan of the Sir Douglas Quintet.

    060 GIT IT: 1958. This song is a true classic with Eddie Cochran, Gene, Paul Peek and Tommy "Bubba" Facenda doing an unforgettable beginning. That's Eddie on the deep bass background vocals. Later Dave Edmunds recorded "Git It" as the title song for one of his albums.

    091 GONE GONE GONE: 1963. Recorded in 1958. Written by Joe "Games People Play" South.

    012 GONNA BACK UP BABY: 1956. The back side of Gene's second single w/Race with the Devil. The song was recorded in three takes.

    145 GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK. A song Little Richard had made famous in the late 1950's.

    118 GOOD LOVIN': Recorded 1/11/61. Gene was backed by the Jimmie Haskell Orchestra, UK. Released in Europe in 1963.

    078 GOT TO GET TO YOU YET: 1959. Written by Johnny Burnette. Gene met Johnny while touring with the Johnny Burnette Trio in August of 1956.

    104 GREEN BACK DOLLAR: 1960. Traditional song.

    130 HELD FOR QUESTIONING: 1963. Backup music: The Charles Blackwell Orchestra, UK.

    070 HEY GOOD LOOKIN': 1958. One of four Hank Williams tunes recorded by Gene & The Blue Caps.

    147 HEY HEY HEY HEY '64: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK. A song Little Richard had made famous in the late 1950's.

    203 HEY HEY HEY HEY '71: 1980. Recorded in 1971 just weeks before Gene died, on a $140 tape recorder in Ron Weiser's California apartment. Music tracks were added later in Ron's Rollin' Rock studio.

    155 HI LILI, HI LO: 1967. Old traditional tune. The Champs (including Glen Campbell, Dave Burgess, with Jimmy Seals and Dash Croft of later-to-be Seals & Croft) were Gene's backup group. Recorded in Hollywood, CA.

    084 HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Recorded in 1958, released in 1963. Cover of Huey Piano Smith's 1958 hit.

    189 HIGH ON LIFE: 1970. Written by Ronnie "Bop-A-Lena" Self. Featuring session musicians, including Al Casey and Gene's wife Jackie Frisco on backup vocals.

    026 HOLD ME, HUG ME, ROCK ME: 1957. Written by Gene. Song inspired a 1960 Valentine comic strip. 107 HOT DOLLAR: 1960. The back side, "She She Little Sheila," was a big hit in Europe.

    188 HOW I LOVE THEM OLD SONGS: 1970. Featuring session musicians, including Al Casey and Gene's wife Jackie Frisco on backup vocals.

    136 HUMPITY DUMPITY: 1964. Twist type novelty tune. One of three songs recorded with The Ivor Raymonde Orchestra, UK.

    152 HURTIN' FOR YOU BABY: 1967. The Champs (including Glen Campbell, Dave Burgess, with Jimmy Seals and Dash Croft of later-to-be Seals & Croft) were Gene's backup group. Recorded in Hollywood, CA.

    088 I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU WANNA LEAVE: 1959. Cover of the Little Richard song. Written by Lloyd Price and Little Richard Penniman.

    072 I CAN'T HELP IT: 1958. One of four Hank Williams songs recorded by Gene.

    016 I FLIPPED: 1956. Written on the spot for the first LP.

    058 I GOT A BABY: 1958. One of Gene best driving singles, but it didn't do a thing on the charts. This still remains a mystery to old Blue Cap members. The backside "Walkin' Home from School" had some success though. The second "I Got A Baby" guitar solo by Johnny Meeks is great. He used a capo to play open strings on the third fret to do that wild picking while Gene sang in the key of C.

    036 I GOT IT: 1957. First recording with changed Blue Caps: Johnny Meeks on lead, Dickie Harrell still on drums, Bobby Jones on bass, Buck Owens on rhythm guitar.

    176 I HEARD THAT LONESOME WHISTLE: 1969. Hank Williams tune. Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks. Dandelion Records.

    061 I LOVE YOU: 1958. Written by Gene and Grady Owen, who joined the Blue Caps in January of 1958 as their rhythm guitarist.

    092 I MIGHT HAVE KNOWN: 1959. Written by Joe South.

    179 I NEED A WOMAN'S LOVE: 1970. Backup group made up of session musicians including Augie Meyers and Harvey Kagan of the Sir Douglas Quintet.

    004 I SURE MISS YOU: 1957 on EP.

    153 I'M A LONESOME FUGITIVE: 1967. The Champs (including Glen Campbell, Dave Burgess, with Jimmy Seals and Dash Croft of later-to-be Seals & Croft) were Gene's backup group. Recorded in Hollywood, CA. Original version was by Merle Haggard in 1956.

    122 I'M GOING HOME: 1961. Backup group: The Sounds Incorporated.

    115 I'M GONNA CATCH ME A RAT: Recorded 1/10/61. First released in Europe in 1963. Gene was backed by the Jimmie Haskell Orchestra, UK.

    200 I'M MOVING ON: 1971. Hank Snow original. Backup band, The Houserockers. Trying to please Gene the band was playing 1950's style, but Gene asked them to "modern it up a little."

    159 I'VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU: 1967. The Champs were Gene's backup group. Recorded in Hollywood, CA.

    185 IF ONLY YOU COULD SEE ME TODAY: 1970. Backup group made up of session musicians including Augie Meyers and Harvey Kagan of the Sir Douglas Quintet. Written by Augie Meyers.

    121 IF YOU WANT MY LOVIN': Recorded 1/11/61. Gene was backed by the Jimmie Haskell Orchestra, UK. Released in Europe in 1963. 19 takes, #15 chosen as master. Title song for a British Capitol Records EP. Written by session guitarist Scott Turner, who also played lead guitar for Tommy Sands band, The Sharks.

    032 IMPORTANT WORDS #1: 1957. In a 1960 interview Gene said it was his favorite song too date. He recorded it again exactly two years later. Gene wrote the tune.

    093 IMPORTANT WORDS '58: Recorded 10/20/58, but not released until 1963 in Europe and 1969 in US.

    085 IN LOVE AGAIN: 1959. Written by Gene in Bo Diddley style. Great lead guitar by Johnny Meeks.

    042 IN MY DREAMS: 1957. Written by Bernice Bedwell, who also authored "Lotta Lovin'".

    167 IN THE PINES: 1969. Traditional song. Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks.

    116 IT'S BEEN NICE: Recorded 1/10/61. Gene was backed by the Jimmie Haskell Orchestra, UK. Released in Europe in 1963.

    047 IT'S NO LIE: 1958. Written by Otis Blackwell, who wrote many hits for Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis.

    005 JEZEBEL: 1956, old standard use to fill first LP.

    020 JUMP BACK, HONEY, JUMP BACK: 1956. Song was originally recorded in 1952 by female vocalist Hadda Brooks.

    014 JUMPS, GIGGLES AND SHOUTS: 1956. Written by Gene Vincent. Song has four solos featuring different members of the Blue Caps. 12 takes were required because the band had trouble with the timing in the breaks.

    053 KEEP IT A SECRET: A Hank Williams style country song Gene covered for his third album.

    128 KING OF FOOLS: 1962. Backup music: The Charles Blackwell Orchestra, UK.

    135 LA DEN DA DEN DA DA: 1964. Cover of Dale Hawkins 1958 single, "La Do Dada." Gene was backed by The Ivor Raymonde Orchestra, UK.

    139 LAVENDER BLUE: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK. Good version of an old ballad...dilly, dilly.

    184 LISTEN TO THE MUSIC: 1970. Backup group made up of session musicians including Augie Meyers and Harvey Kagan of the Sir Douglas Quintet.

    065 LITTLE LOVER: 1958. A Buddy Holly style tune. Eddie Cochran was at this recording session, but chose not to sing on this track.

    162 LONELY STREET: 1967. The Champs were Gene's backup group. Recorded in Hollywood, CA.

    075 LONESOME BOY: 1958. The chorus was added later, so some released versions do not contain a chorus background.

    144 LONG TALL SALLY: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK Cover of a Little Richard standard which Gene had sung on stage six years before actually recording it.

    069 LOOK WHAT YOU'VE GONE AND DONE TO ME: 1958. The only song written for Gene by his bass player, Bobby Jones. Eddie Cochran wasn't available to help with background vocal on this cut, as he was recording "Summertime Blues" that day.

    196 LOOKING BACK: 1971. Original version by Brook Benton. Featuring session musicians, including Al Casey and Gene's wife Jackie Frisco on backup vocals.

    038 LOTTA LOVIN' '57: 1957. Gene's biggest hit, behind "Be Bop A Lula." It entered the Billboard Top 100 on August 19, 1957, when Elvis' "Teddy Bear" was at number one. Gene's record peaked at #13 staying on the charts for 19 weeks. On Sunday, November 17, 1957, Gene appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and received his second and last gold record for 1,500,000 copies sold of "Lotta Lovin'" b/w "Wear My Ring." Gene performed 'Lotta Lovin'' (and "Dance to the Bop") a month later on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. "Lotta Lovin'" was later covered by Buddy Knox, Mickey Gilley and Don McLean, to name a few.

    174 LOTTA LOVIN' '69: 1969. Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks. Johnny was on the original version 12 years earlier. Dandelion Records.

    160 LOVE IS A BIRD: 1967. The Champs were Gene's backup group. Written by Jimmy Seals (Seals & Croft). Recorded in Hollywood, CA.

    138 LOVE LOVE LOVE: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK. Song originally performed by the Clovers and the Diamonds.

    123 LOVE OF A MAN: 1961. Backup group: The Sounds Incorporated, UK. Another tune dedicated to Eddie Cochran.

    064 LOVELY LORETTA: 1958. Song appear in "Hot Rod Gang" movie on a soundtrack EP. Eddie Cochran did bass vocal background.

    125 LUCKY STAR: 1962. Backup group: The Dave Burgess Band.

    077 MAYBE: 1959. Lesser known at the time, rockabilly singer Johnny Carroll wrote the song. Gene heard it and asked if he might record it.

    083 MAYBELLINE: 1959. A cover of Chuck Berry's all time classic.

    119 MISTER LONELINESS: Recorded 1/11/61. Gene was backed by the Jimmie Haskell Orchestra, UK. Released in Europe in 1963 with strong sales.

    111 MITCHIKO FROM TOKYO: 1960. This Japanese-style tune was written after a successful Japanese tour a month before. Gene later had a hit with this song in South Africa in 1961 after touring there with Micky Most's band.

    094 MY BABY DON'T 'LOW: 1959. Old standard, originally done in the 1920's under the name, "Mama Don't Allow." Also called "My Babe." Often used as a jam tune to feature a band's members.

    079 MY HEART: 1959. Written by Gene's friend Johnny Burnette (Johnny Burnette Trio). This single had a limited number of copies released on red vinyl. Gene performed this song live on an English radio show 3/12/60 and Eddie Cochran played lead guitar for that appearance.

    190 NORTH CAROLINA LINE: 1970. Featuring session musicians, including Al Casey and Gene's wife Jackie Frisco on backup vocals. When Gene was seven years old, the Craddock family moved to the outskirts of Norfolk, VA, where they lived for years. Gene wrote this song having lived beside the North Carolina Line.

    074 NOW IS THE HOUR: 1958. Old standard, originally composed in 1913. Eddie Cochran appears on backing vocals.

    197 OH LONESOME ME: 1971. Original version by Don Gibson, who wrote the song. Featuring session musicians, including Al Casey and Gene's wife Jackie Frisco on backup vocals.

    193 OUR SOULS: 1970. Featuring session musicians, including Al Casey and Gene's wife Jackie Frisco on backup vocals. Written by Jackie Frisco. Gene ends the song with " How's that Mr. Arden?" This a reference to Gene 1960's manager, who often gave Gene problems.

    095 OVER THE RAINBOW: 1959. This dynamite ballad by Gene (from the 1939 movie) was a big UK hit in 1960. Grady Owen played lead on this cut (because only he knew the chords) and Johnny Meeks played bass. Gene often preformed this tune, on stage, as a tribute to his friend Eddie Cochran.

    204 PARTY DOLL: 1980. Recorded in 1971 just weeks before Gene died, on a $140 tape recorder in Ron Weiser's California apartment. Music tracks were added later in Ron's Rollin' Rock studio.

    063 PEACE OF MIND: 1958. Eddie Cochran on bass vocal background.

    007 PEG O' MY HEART: 1956. Cover of a 1913 old standard used on first LP.

    165 PICKIN' POPPIES: 1968. Recorded in US. Gene used studio sessions musicians including Al Casey. Song was written by Gene and his fourth wife, Jackie Frisco.

    029 PINK THUNDERBIRD: 1957. Gene owned a T-Bird. He bought it with his first 1956 royality check.

    112 PISTOL PACKIN' MAMA: 1960. Tradition song from the 1940's. Gene was backed by a band called The Beat Boys, UK. The recording took place at the now famous Abbey Road studio during Gene's 1960 tour. The song, recorded less than one month after Eddie Cochran's tragic death, was arranged for Gene by Eddie, and was scheduled to be an upcoming Gene and Eddie duet. They sang it on stage together before the accident. Gene did both parts at the recording session.

    156 POOR MAN'S PRISON: 1967. The Champs (including Glen Campbell, Dave Burgess, with Jimmy Seals and Dash Croft of later-to-be Seals & Croft) were Gene's backup group. Recorded in Hollywood, CA.

    098 PRETTY PEARLY: 1960. First recording, of 14 songs, with Gene's new back up band, never actually referred to as the Blue Caps. Jerry Merritt on lead guitar, a far cry from Cliff Gallup and Johnny Meeks. Sandy "Teen Beat" Nelson played drums. Red Callender played bass, going back to the old upright string bass Gene used on his first sessions.

    030 PRETTY PRETTY BABY: 1957. On 2nd LP. Written by piano player friend of the band, Danny Wolfe.

    142 PRIVATE DETECTIVE: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK. Writer listed as Sheri Ann, but Sheri Ann was Gene's daughter, born in 1963. Gene actually wrote the tune. Lots of words in this one.

    001 RACE WITH THE DEVIL: 1956. 2nd single released. Actually the first song Gene ever recorded with the Blue Caps on Capitol Records. One of Gene's first compositions. 1 week on chart at #96. The record didn't receive much airplay because DJ's thought song was too frantic, had a reference to the devil, and words were (intentionally) too hard to understand. Covered by the Stray Cats in 1986.

    169 RAINBOW AT NIGHT: 1969. An Ernest Tubb song. Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks. Dandelion Records.

    096 READY TEDDY: 1959. A Little Richard song that was also covered by many other artists. Gene used to play this tune on stage frequently before actually recording it.

    034 RED BLUEJEANS AND A PONYTAIL: 1957. The first cut on 2nd LP. This album, Capitol T811, is often considered one of the wildest R&R LPs of all time.

    108 RIGHT HERE ON EARTH: 1959. Backside of "Wild Cat."

    056 RIGHT NOW: 1958. A good strong rock 'n' roll single. This tune was covered, with some success, in the 1990's by a popular female country singer.

    082 RIP IT UP: 1959. Gene does one of many cover versions of this Little Richard classic. After 13 takes, they choose to release take #7.

    166 ROCKIN' ROBIN: 1969. Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks. Cover of the Bobby Day 1958 hit. Gene toured with Bobby Day during the late 1950's.

    066 ROCKY ROAD BLUES: 1958 Single. Written by bluegrass legend Bill Monroe. Gene often closed his stage shows with this song.

    207 ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN: 1974. Recorded days before Gene's death in England. Backup band was The Kansas Hook (out of Birmingham, England), featuring Richard Cole, Gene's US lead guitarist/manager at the time.

    039 ROLLIN' DANNY: 1957. On third LP, first song, side two.

    173 RUBY BABY: 1969. Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks. Dandelion Records.

    086 SAY MAMA '58: 1958. Single b/w "Be Bop Boogie Boy". "Say Mama" was written by Johnny Meeks one night in a friend's driveway after a gig in Greenville, SC (Meeks' home town). This song had moderate US success, but was a bigger hit in Europe, especially in France. 90% of the royalties from "Say Mama' were generated overseas. It was covered by many other artists.

    199 SAY MAMA '71A: 1971. Song redone in the UK with backup band, The Houserockers.

    205 SAY MAMA '71B: 1974. Recorded days before Gene's death in England. Backup band was The Kansas Hook (out of Birmingham, England), featuring Richard Cole, Gene's US lead guitarist/manager at the time.

    177 SCARLET RIBBONS: 1969. Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks. A 23-year-old Linda Ronstadt featured as second voice in this duet. Dandelion Records.

    146 SEND ME SOME LOVIN': 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK A song Little Richard had made famous in the late 1950's.

    172 SEXY WAYS: 1969. Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks. Dandelion Records.

    100 SHE SHE LITTLE SHEILA: 1960. Gene's guitarist Jerry Merritt claims he wrote the song in five minutes at Stockman's Cafe in California in 1959. The song became popular in England in 1961, staying on the UK charts for 11 weeks. Backside to this single was "Hot Dollar."

    143 SHIMMY SHAMMY SHINGLE: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK.

    048 SHOULD I EVER LOVE AGAIN: 1958. Good heavy bluesy tune. Gene changed the words as he redid an original a Wynona Carr 1956 recording.

    141 SLIPPIN AND SLIDIN': 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK. Cover of a Little Richard 1956 original.

    180 SLOW TIMES COMIN': 1970. Backup group made up of session musicians including Augie Meyers and Harvey Kagan of the Sir Douglas Quintet. Song written by Augie Meyers, organist. Gene's longest song. Original master runs over nine minutes.

    067 SOMEBODY HELP ME: 1958. Eddie Cochran on background bass vocals.

    149 SOMEDAY: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK A 1935 Jimmie Hodges standard.

    126 SPACESHIP TO MARS: 1962. Backup group: The Sounds Incorporated, UK. The band, song, and Gene (in white leather) were featured in a film originally titled "It's Trad, Dad'" for European audiences. The movie was retitled for the US as ""Ring-A-Ding Rhythm." It's reported that there were two totally different versions of the song recorded at different sessions (at Columbia for the movie soundtrack and at Capitol Studios for an album). Gene never like the song.

    164 STORY OF THE ROCKERS: 1968. Recorded in US. Gene used studio sessions musicians including Al Casey. The song, written by a DJ, is a great tribute to rockers of the 1950's. The first 200 copies (on Playground Records) contained saxophones. They were eliminated on a remaster.

    071 SUMMERTIME: 1958. George Gershwin song from "Porgy and Bess" opera. Gene received many requests for this song at his live shows. He liked to have the audience sing along.

    178 SUNSHINE: 1970. Backup group made up of session musicians including Augie Meyers and Harvey Kagan of the Sir Douglas Quintet.

    151 SUSI Q: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK. Sometimes spelled "Suzi Q" or "Suzy Q," the song originally was an instrumental by guitarist James Burton. Dale Hawkins added words and it became a classic covered by many famous recording artists.

    120 TEARDROPS: Recorded 1/11/61 after 18 takes. Gene was backed by the Jimmie Haskell Orchestra, UK. Released in Europe in 1963.

    021 TEENAGE PARTNER #1: Recorded in 1956, but not released until 18 years later in 1974 on an album.

    062 TEENAGE PARTNER #2: 1958. This version was released the same year it was recorded. The two versions are very different.

    133 TEMPTATION BABY: 1963. Backup music by The Bill Shepherd Orchestra, UK. Two versions were made, one for an album and one for a movie (American title "Sing and Swing, UK title "Live It Up").

    117 THAT'S THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE: Recorded 1/10/61. Gene was backed by the Jimmie Haskell Orchestra, UK. Released in Europe in 1963.

    134 THE BEGINNING OF THE END: 1964. Backup music by The Bill Shepherd Orchestra, UK.

    194 THE DAY THE WORLD TURNED BLUE: 1970. Featuring session musicians, including Al Casey and Gene's wife Jackie Frisco on backup vocals. Great vocal by Gene, who composed the song and sings two parts.

    080 THE NIGHT IS SO LONELY: 1959. Written by Gene and his piano player, Clifton Simmons. Later, Clifton took over leadership of The Blue Caps when Johnny Meeks departed. Meeks went on to record and tour with The Champs.

    202 THE ROSE OF LOVE: 1980. Recorded in 1971 just weeks before Gene died, on a $140 tape recorder in Ron Weiser's California apartment. Music tracks were added later in Ron's Rollin' Rock studio.

    073 THE WAYWARD WIND: 1958. Original Top 40 version by Gogie Grant, 1956. Eddie Cochran featured on bass backing vocals.

    198 THE WOMAN IN BLACK: 1971. Original version by Brook Benton. Featuring session musicians, including Al Casey and Gene's wife Jackie Frisco on backup vocals.

    127 THERE I GO AGAIN: 1963, France. Recorded in 1961 with backup group: The Sounds Incorporated, UK.

    192 THERE IS SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND: 1970. Featuring session musicians, including Al Casey and Gene's wife Jackie Frisco on backup vocals. Song broken into several parts, spoken words and vocals.

    040 TIME WILL BRING YOU EVERYTHING: 1957. Nice calypso beat, written by Gene and Paul Peek.

    041 TRUE TO YOU: 1957. Traditional teenage love song written by Gene. Released as a single.

    187 TUSH DOG: 1970. Backup group made up of session musicians including Augie Meyers and Harvey Kagan of the Sir Douglas Quintet.

    027 UNCHAINED MELODY: 1957. Originally performed by blind vocalist Al Hibber in 1955.

    010 UP A LAZY RIVER: 1956. A 1931 song penned by Hoagy Carmichael covered for the first LP. The Mills Brothers had a million seller with it in 1946.

    097 VINCENT'S BLUES: 1959 on Capitol LP T1207. The last song recorded with the Blue Caps (in 1958), just a few weeks before they broke up. Lryics written by Gene.

    046 WALKIN' HOME FROM SCHOOL: 1958. The back side of the "I Got A Baby" single. Good flowing teenage tune that was successful in the UK.

    009 WALTZ OF THE WIND: 1956. A 1948 standard covered for the first LP.

    037 WEAR MY RING: 1957. Written by Bobby "Mack the Knife" Darin and Don Kirshner. This tune was on the charts for 7 weeks and went gold. "Lotta Lovin'" was on the single's backside.

    008 WEDDING BELLS: 1956. A 1930 tune covered for the first LP. a/k/a "That Old Gang of Mine."

    113 WEEPING WILLOW: 1963 in UK. Backed by Norre Paramor Orchestra, UK and the first time Gene used strings. Gene wrote this song under the pseudonym of Debra Lynn. "Weeping Willow" was dedicated to Gene's mother, Louise Craddock.

    018 WELL I KNOCKED BIM BAM: Recorded in 1956, released in the UK in 1958, but not released in US until 1969 on the Best of LP Vol. 2.

    132 WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE: 1963. Backup music by The Bill Shepherd Orchestra, UK.

    171 WHITE LIGHTNING: 1969. This George Jones cover was written by George and the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson). Recorded with session musicians including the return of lead guitarist Johnny Meeks. Dandelion Records.

    013 WHO SLAPPED JOHN?: 1956. This wild tune appeared on the first LP. 2 months later it was released as the B-side of Bluejean Bop. Gene, Dickie Harrell and Wee Willie Williams did the intro.

    089 WHO'S PUSHING YOUR SWING?: 1959. Smooth flowing "swing beat".

    208 WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN': 1974. Recorded days before Gene's death in England. Backup band was The Kansas Hook (out of Birmingham, England), featuring Richard Cole, Gene's US lead guitarist/manager at the time.

    102 WHY DON'T YOU PEOPLE LEARN HOW TO DRIVE: 1960. In an 1962 French magazine interview Gene confirmed one of his pet peeves was that he really disliked people that didn't know how to drive and finally had a chance to make a recording about it.

    106 WILD CAT: 1960. A single issued in US 11/59. Also released in England 12/4/59, the day before Gene came to Europe. It made the UK charts within a month.

    003 WOMAN LOVE: 1956. Back side of Be Bop A Lula, which was the first big Vincent hit. Woman Love was supposed to be the A-side of the single, but Gene ran into some trouble. The Virginia State Court convicted him for using obscene lyrics and fined him $10,000. Using heavy echo, they alleged he pronounced an "F" instead of an "H" in the word "Hugging." It managed to get only limited airplay in the US, but in England the BBC banned the song altogether.

    157 WORDS AND MUSIC: 1967. The Champs were Gene's backup group. Recorded in Hollywood, CA.

    054 YES I LOVE YOU BABY: 1958. Penned by Gene and his backup vocalists. Nice blend Gene's voice with instruments.

    140 YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE: 1964. Back up group: The Shouts, UK. A Jimmie Davis song from 1939.

    076 YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME: 1959. As the backing chorus was added later, some released version do not featuring background vocals.

    052 YOU BELONG TO ME: 1958. The original was recorded by Joni James in 1952. Two other pop female vocalists covered it in 1952. Patti Page did a version and Jo Stafford had a gold record with it.

    033 YOU BETTER BELIEVE: 1957. On 2nd LP. Written by Cliff Gallup in a hotel room the night before the recording session.

    191 YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY: 1970. Featuring session musicians, including Al Casey and Gene's wife Jackie Frisco on backup vocals.

    019 YOU TOLD A FIB: 1956. Written for first LP by Cliff Gallup as "You Told a Lie," but Gene changed "Lie" to "Fib" trying to soften the song.

    057 YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE: 1958. From the 1945 musical comedy "Carousel."

    129 YOU'RE STILL IN MY HEART: 1963. Backup music: The Charles Blackwell Orchestra.

    044 YOUR CHEATIN' HEART: 1957. A 1953 Hank Williams tune that Gene covered for his third LP Hank recorded it in 1952 and it was released shortly after he died. Overall Gene recorded four of Hank's tunes.


    ** UNRELEASED DEMOS & SESSION STUFF BURIED SOME PLACE, but never made it onto a record:

    "Red Sails in the Sunset," done in 1956; "Nervous," 1957; "Lady Bug," 1958; "Jukebox Fever," 1959; "Stand by Me," 1967 (actually did make it to a bootleg French single); "Little Darlin'," 1968; "Puppy's Love." 1968; "Pickin' Poppies #2", 1968; "Hang on to Yourself," 1968; "Rainday Sunshine," 1969; "Green Green Grass of Home," 1969; "Mister Love," 1969 and a different 1969 version of "Roll Over Beethoven."

    Some of the songs Gene often performed live, but never recorded: "I'm Walkin'," he had a routine for this one using a stage spotlight with backup vocalists Paul Peek and Bubba Facenda dancing along side; An Elvis medley called "The Elvis Presley Band;" "What in the World's Come Over You?;" "Ben Blew;" "Tutti Frutti;" "Lucille;" "Jenny Jenny;" "Chain Gang;" "Corrina Corrina;" "What'd I Say;" "King of the Road;" "Green Green Grass of Home," "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Gotta Get Ourselves Together."

    It is reported that some tapes made at a Columbia Records session recorded in 1965 are archived somewhere. These tapes are said to have the following songs that never made it to a record: "Chain Gang," "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Going On," "Rock and Roll Music." "Roll Over Beethoven," "Reelin' and Rockin'," "High Noon," "What'd I Say," "Lucille," "Keep A-Kockin'," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "Pretty Girl," "Say Mama" and "The Last Word in Lonesome is Me."

    A French LP, to be called "Gene Vincent Story, Vol. IX," was planned for release in 1975. but it remains unissued. Some of the titles on it were: "Speech," a poem by Gene; "I Remember You;" "Pretty Girl." "Sunday Morning Going Down" and "The Last Word in Lonesome is Me."

    Drummer Dickie Harrell says that Gene wrote several songs that he never finished or recorded. Gene started a song in 1957, "I Lost an Angel,". Johnny Meeks finished it . It appears on the 1982 "Blue Caps Unleashed" LP. This tribute album (on the Magnum Force label, MFLP-019), spawned from a tour, reunited early Blue members, Johnny Meeks, Dickie Harrell, Willie Willie Williams, Paul Peek and Tommy "Bubba" Facenda. The boys perform 13 songs and an rap session track. Songs are: "Wrapped Up in Rockabilly," "Baby Blue," "Yes I Love You Baby," "I Got a Baby," "Blue Cap Man," "I Lost An Angel," "Silly Song," "Lotta Lovin'," "Say Mama," "Down in the Den," "Dance to the Bop," "Johnny's Boogie" (instrumental) and "Be Bop A Lula." Vocals are shared by Johnny, Paul and Bubba. <br><br>


  • SPENT BROTHERS PRODUCTIONS proudly present the Revised and Enlarged Second Edition of GENE VINCENT, A DISCOGRAPHY by Derek Henderson. This definitive guide to Gene Vincent's recorded legacy firstly lists all known extant recordings.


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