ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME® MERCHANDISE & SERVICES


Tribute Graphic

Gene Vincent Tribute & Fan Exchange

God gave Gene the Talent and Gene gave us the Music
...MAY HE ALWAYS BE IN OUR PRAYERS

Fans, friends, family and all who were touched by Gene Vincent's presence
are encouraged to submit a TRIBUTE or COMMENT to this site.

Please e-mail: GeneTribute@rockabillyhall.com

Subject: TRIBUTE/COMMENTS

Message: Please enter your name, age, city, country, province, and country. You may also add a message, questions or other positive thoughts about Gene Vincent a/k/a "VINCE" / "THE SCREAMIN' END" / "THE BLACK LEATHER REBEL".

This may be a good place for folks to meet, sharing reflections, experiences and help each other find answers to questions. You are encouraged to correspond with each other. Non-webbers may s-mail to: GENE'S TRIBUTE, Bob Timmers, PO Box 639, Burns, TN USA 370296.



Tribute Currently Transfered Here


Posted February 11, 2005
Jean Paul Martial
Age: 56

11 Febuary 2005 in this day, 70th anniversary of Gene Vincent's birth, i' m sending this message from France for pay hommage to Gene. For me Gene Vincent is the greatest rock n roll artist of all time he epitomize the wild rockabilly also sad blue and melancholy ballads.Be bop a lula, race with the devil, bop street, important words, baby blue etc ... all this songs are wonderful. I get to know Gene in the 60s when the rock n roll come in French , unluckily, i never saw him. I was not much money for travel and ticket for show,in this time, i lived in the country far away and not ad for they shows. i listen Gene 40 year ago.  I want also pay hommage to Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley all this originators with well on Elvis Presley.

If the heaven exist, keep on rockin Gene with Eddie, Carl and all your friends. Here on the earth all your fans always listen your songs, and pay hommage to you with Ervin Travis and Graham Fenton Posted February, 2003
I R Jacobs
26 Norris Rise, Hoddesdon
Hertfordshire EN11 8RF England
Having accessed the web site for over the last couple of years, I feel it's my turn to tell you of my experience of Gene Vincent. I first latched on to Gene when I was 15 years old living in Sezsdom just outside London. I heard Be-Bop-A-Lula coming out of our local record store. I had a collection pf all his tracks until during the early seventies I could not pay the rent on my house so I had to sell my collection. I have since collected all his available tracks on CD. I have seen Gene live on four occasions: The Civic Hall, Croydom Granada, Tooting Broadway Fairfield, Finsbury Park Astoria, all in the London area. I have read "Race With the Devil" and "Sweet Gene Vincent" - not happy reading but a must for any Vincent fan. I have tried to get a copy of "The Day The World Turned Blue", but have not succeeded. His music has brought me much happiness over the last 45 years and I feel his recording of "Sunshine" is one of his best. It gave me goose bumps when I first heard it. I know there is other material out there. Let's hope Magnum Force can get it out on CD for us. - I. R. Jacobs

Posted November 12, 2001
Subject: Buddy Holly - I'm a young that enjoy of this music. I'm form Mexico and I want a favor, If you can give me a copy of the letter of the song "Every day" Performed by Buddy Holly, I love this song, but I can't listend very well the English, and I think that I'm very bad to write, too. But If you can do this favor for me please, I want the letter of this song, because I have de Cd called "Stand By Me", in thios Cd come this song and I would want have the letter of this song in English please. I will be much obliged. Ivan Pabel - ivanpabel@yahoo.com.mx

Posted November 12, 2001
Well i've just started to listen to gene vincent and his music over the past several months and i can say he was more than just "Be bop a LuLa" his music has stayed around for a long time. i know some of you are saying "duh!" but like i said above i am just now learning about gene and his music. he was a rock giant that corporate music didnt want to listen to. they made him a rebel because they didnt give a damn about him. they had elvis. yeah i like elvis too but he couldnt match the stuff that gene put out. gene did things his way and thats why i like his music. i was born 2 years afer gene died. i mean before i even knew who gene vincent was i knew "Be Bop A Lula" but it wasnt until this past year that a friend of mine turned me onto his music and that of eddie cochran. if someone could help me learn a lot more about him, could you please e-mail me? thanx - fred borja - fredeborja@yahoo.com

Posted November 7, 2001
Subject: Important Words! I get so angry inside each time I read the eulogies to Gene. Not so much at the people who write these epitaphs, but at rock & roll. Most especially the purported Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This cat was something, he was James Dean with a voice and rock & roll used him & coughed him up and belatedly honored him. The same with Ritchie. No doubt there are many that deserve the honor, but there are too many that are there based on dollars & cents & corporate profits. Gene's music was directed at us, the guys, turned up collars & dropped axles . Yeah, Gene was something, Rolling Danny, Important Words. I defy, and I repeat, I defy anyone to tell me they have heard a better version of Frankie & Johnnie.  The cat was something, damn it, he was something. Rock & Roll is filled with bubble gum Frankies & Bobby"s and corporate bastards feeding bubble gum to little girls, but Gene was us, and we were putting our money in cars. Yeah, Gene was something, fifty damn years and the man stands like a rocket. Bring a ladder, cause this man was something else! "stggrlee" - stggrlee@g2a.net

Posted October 25, 2001
Hi! Here's desperately hoping you may be able to answer a question that Ive been stuck on for a while now. Im a singer/actor/musician and have been digging into roots rock and country the past couple years and have been having a blast. I recently read the excellent Gene Vincent biography Race with the Devil and in the latter part of the book the author spoke of a dramatic play around the friendship between Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran that was produced at Theatre Theatre in Los Angeles in the mid 1990s by John Densmore and Adam Ant called 'Be Bop A Lula'. I cant seem to find anything else on it though as Im very interested in possibly looking to produce it in the future. The only thing Ive come to find are various productions called 'Be Bop A Lula" that appear to be more like tribute shows that include Buddy Holly,etc as opposed to a dramatic play that incorporates vincent and cochran music. Perhaps I misinterpreted the author? So finally my question is do you know anything of this dramatic play? Does it exist? If so could you forward me relevant info such as authors etc? It certainly is a great concept and sounds like alot of fun. Thank you for your time and consideration, Sincerely, chris bancroft - bancroftcj@hotmail.com - Keep Rockin'!!

Posted October 9, 2001
From: Delcourt.Didier@wanadoo.fr
Joe Moretti reflects ...
Gene Vincent. What can one say about Gene? Superstar. Legend. Adjectives don't cover it. Pictures in magazines, movies, TV shows, the mysterious figure in the black leather suit swinging a microphone around. Well, in the short time I knew him I saw a side of the guy that very few people knew about. Gene, the person, the human being. To me he was always hurting a little inside. That loneliness that was a part of all of us in the 50's/60's. The movies, the fame, travelling around the world, living out of a suitcase, sure it fed the Ego, but quite simply you had nowhere to hang your hat. Gene was always happiest when he was mixing with the Guys. And Gene was one of the Guys. On stage he was Gene Vincent-Superstar, off stage he was Gene, "Hey Baby, Nice to see You, what's happenin'?" A friend, a buddy. So as you gradually got to know each other a genuine affection developed. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't a special case. He was like that with everyone, except those who tried to kiss his ass. He didn't like that. Get this, Gene knew that I came from the wrong side of the tracks in my home town, Glasgow, Scotland. And funnily enough it was there that Gene revealed a little secret to me that told me he was streetwise. During a rehearsal at the "Empire Theatre" Glasgow, we got to discussing Gangs, streetfighting, and comparing different methods used in various cities in the " Art of self defence." In Glasgow, Cut throat razors were the favourite weapons in the 30's/ 40's. Then this progressed to bayonets, and axes. Dreadful things. " Hey Joey, Do you know the best place to keep a razor ?" Gene asked. " So the Law don't find it?" I confessed that I didn't. "Here" He said, pointing to the fly on his Jeans. If You examine a pair of Jeans you'll see that one side of the fly has a wide border. If you cut a slit in the top of that border, You can hide a cut thoat razor in there, closed of course ! Gene's bad leg never seemed to bother him. He never complained about it, except for it being a bloody nuisance. But he never showed any resentment, he just accepted it. I remember one time in a hotel in the north of England Gene took his trousers off so we could examine his bad leg, You know, the one with the steel brace. Very thin it was because the muscles had wasted. But we were all very matter of fact about it, like we were discussing the weather. He said he had smashed it coming off a motor cycle at very high speed in his younger days. The good times? The times he was at his happiest? Like I say, Those were the times when he was one of the Guys. I knew of a nice little Hotel in Kelvinside Glasgow, called "Allan's Hotel" which served the best "Southern Fried Chicken" in the U.K. and "Corn on the Cob" "I don't believe You !" said Gene " If you can find me southern fried and corn everyone's invited ! " Except the ass creepers of course. And so it was that about ten of us ended up at Allan's Hotel one night after the show. I knew the owner from a previous visit, and had explained about Gene coming etc. Oh, the Gentleman did us proud. He had set out a private dining room for us, so We could have complete privacy, and Gene could relax. There was a big long table set out, with a white linen tablecloth, serviettes, flowers, bottles of good wine, and I was very proud of The Scottish Hospitality. And all The Southern Fried you could eat. And we had a ball. I'm sure Gene was a down home boy. Well, I can't remember getting home that night, I don't think any of us can. And Gene payed the bill. That same night, at the show, the audience had started tearing the theatre apart. The "Empire Theatre" Glasgow. None of us had ever seen anything like it. The management had to bring the fire curtain down during Billy Fury's act. Right from the beginning of the show the crowd wanted Gene . No one else but Gene, and we had already featured aout 3 or 4 "up and coming" artists. Then Billy Appeared in a gold lamme suit. When the spotlight hit it, it was like an exploding ball of light. I thought it was very impressive, but the crowd didn't. A shower of missiles began to descend on the stage. Coins, and big brass ashtrays. The guys in the audience were ripping them from the seats, and these things are coming from the balcony, and travelling! One brass ashtray tore a huge gash in Red Reece's "ride" cymbal. Very expensive. We had to stop the show, I don't think Gene even went on that night. There was fighting everywhere. In the theatre, In the foyer and in the streets. We had van loads of Police sorting it out. And it was headlines in the papers the following morning. And everyone blamed Billy's gold suit. So, like I say, after the show that night we went back to Allans' hotel and had Southern fried, corn on the cob, and drowned our sorrows. Great fun. So from Southern fried chicken to C/W. Oh Yes, Gene knew all about that too. There was always a guitar around, on the coach or wherever and guys would be playing this and that. When I sung a few "Hank Williams" songs, Gene was amazed. "How come You know these Songs?" He asked . He knew all the titles, and sung a few himself. So he obviously had some connection with C/W in his past. Good C/W I mean. Gene would sing anything that he liked. It didn't have to be pure rock and roll. He made a lovely job of "Over the Rainbow" and that's one of the songs he sung in Rome. We were playing in an open air restaurant after that well-known TV show. on May 28th 1961. He was always "intimate" with a song. You never got a "plastic" performance from Gene. He meant it. "Up a Lazy River" was another song Gene loved to do. Anyone who has heard that song knows the melancholy and longing in those lyrics, and such a sweet chord sequence. Another funny little incident was when Gene heard us use the word "Fag", the British slang word for cigarette. In the U.S of A it's a term reserved for someone who is homosexual. So when anyone said "I need a fag!" Gene would say " Don't look at me baby, you got the wrong Guy"!! He was a very hospitable guy, very generous. As the " backing musicians". We never had much money, and being away from home on tour, you would want to phone home to check that everything was ok there, with your famiy etc. Now there must have been a dozen of us guys, but Gene just said "Sure, go ahead, use the phone baby" so there were the guys phoning all over the UK. And Gene just put it down to expenses. He didn't have to do it, but it was very important at the time, Personally, I didn't have the price of a phone call. So one remembers kindnesses like that. Just how far does Gene's influence extend? Well, I once saw a video documentary on Gene and his followers in the U.K. One extremely interesting sequence featured a gentleman from North London who had a steel brace on his leg, just like Gene. For real. And he had the black leather suit, sung all of Gene's songs and was appearing at local halls etc. He wasn't stealing Gene's act, this was his way of paying tribute to Gene and keeping his memory alive. He didn't just appear like that on stage, he went around like that all the time. As I have mentioned, Gene never gave a plastic performance, it was always real. he was a sincere singer, and could pull out the "meaning" of a song. Intimate is the word I think.I've watched extensive clips from numerous shows of Gene, courtesy of my good friend Didier Delcourt, who sent the video tape, and one of the things that stood out in all of those shows was Gene's sincerity. Whether he was backed by a simple trio or surrounded by dozens of "TV Spectacula " extras, you can't take take your eyes off Gene. And to me that's the sign of someone special. Gene had "Charisma", that indefinable Quality. Magic. Let me wrap this up by telling you that after that tour, I moved on, working and recording with various bands and artists, eventually going into the session business full time. But occasionally I'd go back to the 2 I's just to see the guys, and shall I tell you something? "Yes Please " you say. Well now and again I'd see Gene. Just dropping by to have a cup of coffee, or get some new guys together for a band, or just saying hello. And to me that's what made him so special, He was "One of the Guys." He paid his dues. That was one of the most enjoyable times in my life, and I'd do it all again tomorrow. God bless your Memory Gene. - Joe Moretti / July 2001.

Posted October 9, 2001
A very nice & touching story by Joe Moretti about his tour with Gene Vincent in the early 60' in the Vince Taylor site:
english: http://www.ifrance.com/vince-taylor/1aenglishv/gene1.htm
français: http://www.ifrance.com/vince-taylor/genev1_f.htm
Thanks to "Captain' Mercier" the creator of this site! Pierre-Yves

August 23, 2001
Hi! Tenho 48 anos vivo em PORTUGAL, na cidade de Lisboa, e chamo-me
Paulo "Rocker" Quintino, escrevo para todos, apenas para dizer que Gene foi um marco na mudança de toda a minha vida. Desde que o conheci e o ouvi pela primeira vez, todo o meu gosto musical mudou, todo o meu estilo mudou, e a minha vida recomeçou com uma alegria diferente. Hoje graças a Gene adquiri uma nova alegria na minha vivência, por isso Gene continua a marcar presença sempre no meu coração. Obrigado Gene - paulorocker@hotmail.com

August 10, 2001
Hello this is Big Joe. I have just returned from holidays and, have just taken note of the many messages of sympathy which the fans of Gene Vincent sent to me throughout the world after my message denoting lamentable state in which its tomb is. I thank in particular, the American friends who sent the photograph of this one to me, which confirms my fears. Something should be done!. It is well to collect the discs of Gene Vincent, but I think that it has the right to a decent tomb. I know it will not be Graceland, but if one could care at all, one could do something. I denounce also the silence of those which exploit his memory (discs, vidéos or royalties) and which should have done something, but on which one should not especially count. I await your messages soon. Best regards from Paris, Big Joe. my e-mail: tonyslim@netcourrier.com

August 1, 2001
I've been a Gene Vincent fan ever since I can remember, and that's a l o n g time. My favorite is Be Bop A Lula. I play it when I'm driving and needless to say I sing along and act just like Gene did. Other motorist think I'm crazy, but who cares. I'm a borderline maniac when I'm driving anyway. Might as well pep things up a little. Gene was really geat. He'll always be missed by the "50s generation." Linda Crouch - linda.crouch@worldnet.att.net

July 14, 2001
Hello Everybody, I am French, 56 years  old and of course Fan of gene Vincent, but I would like to bring a comment to all those which make money (royalties) on Gene.  One of my friends was at his tomb, last year and shared much shame with us all. It was in a lamentable state. He put a bunch of flowers there. Perhaps thus, it would be necessary to ask those who exploit his work to make a financial effort to maintain the gravesite. It deserves it be a statement, maintained and flowered, for Gene's memory. Those who think like me, leave me a message Big Joe. - rnrevue@club-internet.fr

July 11, 2001
Ok Guys, I am needing some help locating a CD of Gene Vincent, on this CD it needs to have the song 'some where over the rainbow' My mum use to have it on a 45 but it has been stolen. If anyone knows where I can get it, I will be eternally grateful. - KimMoscardini@aol.com

July 5, 2001
I'M LISTENING TO A CD OF A COMP OF THE LAST TWO GENE VINCENT'S RECORDS, COUNTRY ROCK/ ABIT OF ROCKABILLY AND ABIT OF 60'S POP AND IT'S VERY GOOD. BEEN A HARDCORE FAN OF THIS GREAT MAN SINCE 1984 THANXS TO THE STRAY CATS, THEY TAUGHT ME ALOT. I JUST RECKON GENE LIVED THE ROAD, HE LIVED HIS MUSIC AND HE WORKED HARD OVER ALL THE PAIN, HE WORKED REAL HARD ALL FOR HIS ADDITION OF LIVE PERFORMACE AND TOTAL PUTTING OUT THAT JAGGERED EDGE TO MUSIC. CHEERS, NICK - bonmat@bigpond.com

July 5, 2001
Hi cats, This is Emre DERELI from Istanbul, Turkey. Age 26. When I was reading Mariano's comments, I exactly thought the same thing. It is quite difficult in my country who even ever heard about Gene. What a shame!!! Anyway, I very rarely go out. Last weekend, I went to this club in downtown Istanbul. A local band played Blue Jean Bop really professionally. First, I was shocked to hear one of Gene's number, but than I grabbed my wife and we litterally teared then dance floor up. Thanks one more time to you Gene, we had the time of our lives. Rest in peace ... EmreD@garanti.com.tr

July 5, 2001
King Rob here. Let me just say that when I first heard Race With The Devil as a small child I could not get the song or the accompanying visuals out of my head. Now I'm 19 and I still believe Gene Vincent never quite did get the respect due to him. The man that gave us "Be-Bop a Lula" did a lot more than most people realize. But perhaps it's better this way; a small group of people that recognize his true talent and have been touched on a deeper level than your average radio/mtv listener. May he rest in peace. Scott Rogers - albumman@utinet.net

June 8, 2001
Hi, my name is Mariano Azqueta, I'm from Buenos Aires Argentina I´m 23 and I´m a great big fan of the ROCKER. It´s not quite often to find persons who like Gene here in Argentina but I guess we´re a chosen few. I´d like to send you greetings from South America to all you ROCKERS!!! - azqui@fibertel.com.ar

June 3, 2001
Hi! I am 51 living in Copenhagen, Denmark. When I was 13, I bought the single "Lotta Lovin' c/w Be Bop Boogie Boy". It entered the chart in Sweden as the follow-up to "Be Bop a Lula 62". The father of one of my classmates had a copy of the original "Be Bop a Lula c/w Woman Love" on 78 r.p.m., which I obtained with no difficulty. In 1963 I went to Paris with my father (not a rock'n'roll enthusiast) for a week and that's where I bought the "Hot Rod Gang" EP. France was a great country for Vincent's fans. The stores had a lot of Vincent-EP's. If I remember rightly there even was a guy in France recording Vincent's songs and dressing like him, but my memory may be a little too good... 1964 I was in Hamburg with school friends dropping in at the Star Club every afternoon, and listened to the "Blue Jean Bop" LP in a record store. This, along with the Hot Rod Gang-stuff must be Gene at his very best with two different bands. It is great, in fact quite touching, that he is remembered so well now, but it is truly deserved. In the early 60's, as I began to go to sunday afternoon "matinees" and saturday evening dances at clubs in the suburbs of Copenhagen (there were at least two or three clubs in every town of any size gradually compeletly disappearing with the disco era) Vincent-songs were likely to be part of the repertoire of the tougher bands, such as "Git It" or "Say Mama". Gene's easily emulated voice and the all-guitar backing were ideal for the tougher bands', that is of the non-Shadows type, playing list. I conclude by thanking for the web site and regretting that the records I mention are no longer in my possession. The Hot Rod Gang EP was stolen along with almost all the others, which hopefully means it got out there in circulation somewhere. - jensthorning@hotmail.com

May 16, 2001
I have been a Gene Vincent fan since I first heard Be-Bop-A-Lula on the radio in 1956, when I was 15 years old (can you guess my age?). You could always tell a new Gene Vincent record was out as soon as you heard the beginning of the song and that voice! The day I knew a new record was out, I went to the record shop and bought it. If anyone is interested, I have five Capitol LPs and five EPs for sale. The records are in great shape and the covers are in very good shape. I may or may not keep the singles. I have the CD box set now. I am a first-generation rock 'n' roller who was there when "good music" was born. My e-mail address is ronjay5@home.com - Ron.

February 6, 2001
Hi, I saw Gene on just about every date he played in Bristol, England, including two nights when he appeared with Eddie Cochran for a whole week. Of course as we all know that week ended in tragedy. Memories are a bit confused with regard times, dates places (another few brain cells "missing presumed dead!") but I do remember one show where Gene's work permit had not come through so to get round it he performed down in the audience! By not actually going on stage he wasn't breaking the rules!
      I formed a band in 1957 (Mike Tobin & The Magnettes) and we used to do a lot of Gene's songs. In fact at one time the local press used to advertise me as Mike "Bebopalula" Tobin. I wanted to use that as my Email address but it has too many digits, so I had to settle for boppin.
      Still get asked to do gigs in Bristol from time to time, even though I am now 58! I find all those Top E's a bit tough on the tonsils in Bebopalula. We had a big revival show at The Colston Hall a couple of months back (a venue that Gene did a few times). We managed to get all the top bands & singers together from a show we did at the venue 40 years before ! Exactly the same line up, we are still all alive! We sold all 1800 tickets, the show lasted for 3-1/2 hours without a break, and we are waiting to see the video that was filmed. Somebody else did Bebopalula that night but he cheated and did it in C. Didn't sound the same.
      Thats enough about me. It is great to discover a site devoted to Gene (and Rockabilly), so look forward to more correspondence and hope to make contact with other fans, particularly in the U.S.A. I came over in 1998 and again in 2000 and had a really rocking time in Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, and Austin. I can't wait to get over again. Keep on Rockin, Mike - mikeboppintobin@netscapeonline.co.uk

June 19 , 2000
Gene Vincent. I was one of the fortunate high school students who attended the only dance/show by a bona fide rock star in Northern Manitoba during the late 1950s. Gene Vincent's sudden appearance (with the Blue Caps) at the Elk's Hall in the small northern town of The Pas, Manitoba, Canada (north of the 53rd parallel) was something we talked about for years afterward. I recall he arrived in a lipstick covered Cadillac, that tickets to get into the performance were extremely hard to get, and that he only performed on the one night before heading back south. It was a fantastic show! Lately we have been debating as to when he actually was here. I believe it was in the fall of 1958, after Be Bop A Lula was on the hit parade. Would anyone know if I am correct? Vaughn Wadelius, Phone (204) 623-3073 E-mail: wadelius@cancom.net - Box 717 The Pas, Manitoba, Canada R9A 1K7

May 15, 2000
I loved gene and the caps and love your web site. Could you possibly tell me where i could get a copy of the movie hot rod gang. thank you very much. royboysn2u@aol.com

May 12, 2000
I would like to share some of my rockin' influences with some of you cats out there. I put together a little site "www.song4sale.com" with some of my songs and you will hear some of that '56 Duo Jet of mine on there.The site is not finished yet but I posted 7 original songs and you might like some of them and it's FREE! 'Hope you dig it! Christophe Loiron (Email: guitarville@usa.net)

March 3, 2000
Hi, great site. I'll keep it short. Fourteen years of age a friend played me "Rocky Road Blues" and from that moment on I was hooked. Bought all of Gene's records and at age 17, joined a band that played predominately Gene material. Toured Europe and America and finally in 1987 got to play drums with the Blue Caps in England when Dickie couldn't make it - a dream come true. At the end of the day, no-one really does rock harder than Gene and the Caps and that's where its at.
Rob Tyler - robtyler@tinyworld.co.uk

February 14, 2000
Bonjour, Hi, I'm sending this message from France. I'm 40 years old. My son is named Vincent and my daughter Melody. I started to listen Gene Vincent's records since I was 15 . And I can't stop. I love RnR songs, but no songs have never make me such a vertiginous effect than "Weeping weelow" or "love of a man". When I was 18 I made my military "obligations" and often when I was alone I was singing "or try to sing" "mister lonelyness". So my english is to bad and I will have too much to tell about the sceaming kid. One thing more, the last songs recorded at Gene's end life make me almost cry ... "hi li hi lo" and "poor man prison". Good bye - philippe.geissler@libertysurf.fr

January 27, 2000
From: RodPyke@aol.com
One of the highlights of my visit to the Viva Las Vegas Weekender, last April,was staying with Sammy Masters (Rockin' Redwing) at his home in Annaheim.
One day he took my wife and I to Capitol Studios on the off chance that we may be able to take a look around. When we got there we were told that they do not permit the public in and only on rare occasions would they give a tour of the building and then only if it were pre-booked. We were very lucky because as we were talking to the receptionist one of the head people happened to come out of the lift and the receptionist pointed her out to us. Sammy approached her and told her that he had attended recording sessions there for Patsy Cline and Buck Owens for whom Sammy had written songs. Sammy told her who I was and had come especially from England to see where Gene had recorded. She had actually visited our RAB HOF Web Site and the Gene Vincent site. She was very nice and told us that if we could wait 10 minutes she would come down and actually take us round herself.
Of course the studios have been completely modernised now but it was wonderful to go into Studio A and B and let my imagination run away with me and imagine what it must have been like to have been there when Gene and the Blue Caps were around recording. Not only Gene such other greats like Sinatra, Martin etc. etc. We actually got to sit at the Control desk. There is actually another studio there but we could not go in that one as it was being used by Richard Carpenter for a session. It was lovely seeing all the photographs of the artists on the corridor walls and especially the one of Gene and the Blue Caps which the Caps had autographed about 4 years ago when they were honoured.
The woman actually was going to take us up to the top floor to meet the Head of Capitol but Sammy declined the invitation as we were on a tight schedule. Another stunning effect as you enter the building is the walls are lined from top to bottom with Gold Records. A galaxy of Stars, every one of them. When we were leaving the woman asked us to wait for a few minutes. She went off and came back with a folder each for us, all about Capitol. I hope to visit Los Angeles again in April on my way to Las Vegas. I may e-mail her and see if I can get another visit. I took several photos and it is my intention to write a page on Capitol Tower and about my visit for Gene's site as soon as possible and put the photos on there as well. I think that day was the highlight of my first visit to America.
Rod
UK/European Director of Operations, Rockabilly Hall of Fame
Fax: 0181 519 7315, E-Mail: RodPyke@aol.com

January 22, 2000
My name is Shane form Australia and i must say that Gene and the Blue Caps rock harder than any band then or now...im only 28 and Gene died just before i was born....but my father used to play his records to me when i was a kid....now im hooked....not only to Gene but to many of the early rockabilly artists..(Ronnie Hawkins, Johnny Burnett and early Sun Studio artists) Its great that you have a tribute site for Gene....he really deserves it....my favorite track would have to be Say Momma.....a real rock classic.....Thanks for your effort and support. -Shane Morrison - phantomlord@primus.com.au

January 22, 2000
Thanks for the Gene Vincent Web page. He deserves it, and VH-1 showed their total incompetence and shot their credibility all to hell when "Be-Bop-A-Lula" wasn't picked on that ridiculous Top 100 rock 'n' roll songs of all time. What a load of s---! Not picking this song is like not picking Bach's "Goldberg Variations" on a list of Top 100 classical music selections or not selecting any song by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five on any list of Top 100 jazz list. I'm still really burned up about it, and I really would love to write someone at VH-1 and teach them a few cuss words they don't know yet. All the best, John Leydon - tjleydon@bellsouth.net

January 19, 2000
I was very lucky to see gene when he was over here in England all those years ago. Saw him at Walthamstow and Romford, he was in a show called the king and queen of rock and roll with brenda lee. The show was what rock and roll was all about, it kicked. Miss the man, but play his music all the time, the rocker!!! Keep his memory alive, I beleive his life story would make a great film, saw the stage play of Gene and Eddie's last tour of England some time ago in liverpool, once again a great show, shame it never made the west End, did it tour any other part of the world? To all Vincent fans everywhere, keep on rocking. geoff maddin, england - FPCGDom@aol.com

January 18, 2000
I'm a big fan of the Yardbirds, but I have to say that NOBODY rocks as hard as the Blue Caps did. Totally awesome. They're what southern rockabilly was all about. Most definitely. Cheers from Tennessee - SCGifts@aol.com

January 5, 2000
Hello ... can someone tell me if Do-Dirty Red Baker ever played with Gene Vincent? A freind of mine grew up there and insists that he did. Thank you very much. Benjie Watts, Lenoir, NC - usrwatts@vvi.net

Visit TRIBUTE and FAN EXCHANGE Achive (LARGE)

SEND IN YOUR TRIBUTE/COMMENTS NOW TO:

gene@rockabillyhall.com



Top of Page

Back to Gene Vincent Home Page