Gene Vincent Cut Our Songs: Primitive Texas Rockabilly and Hony Tonk CD
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This prime slice of 50s Americana is an important release for all rockabilly fans as well as followers of the late great Gene Vincent. It all took place in a motel in Mineola, where a bunch of good ole boys gathered for a songwriting session convened by the motel's owner, Jack Rhodes. A guitarist in small time country outfits, Rhodes didn't take up songwriting in earnest until the early fifties by which time he was in his forties. His lyrical flair made him something of a hillbilly poet. One or two of his songs got recorded and pretty soon he was on his way. In 1956 Rhodes' 'Woman Love' got a free ride on the back of Gene Vincent's million selling 'Be-Bop-A-Lula'. Another of his songs, 'Missing Persons', appeared on the B-side of 'Gone' by Ferlin Husky a 1957 smash on the Capitol label. Most of the material consists of demos by Rhodes' accolytes There is a common thread in that Gene Vincent recorded five of the songs heard here and tried out at least three others written for him in the wake of 'Be-Bop-A-Lula'. The original demos of 'Red Blue Jeans And A Pony Tail', B-I-Bickey-Bi-Bo-Bo-Go' and 'Five Days Five Days' are also heard here for the first time. Stunning cover art includes a previously unpublished early photo of Gene Vincent in the studio with the legendary guitar player Cliff Gallup which is worth the price of the CD alone and the booklet contains many other rare unseen photos of the writers and artists involved Detailed annotation by noted Gene Vincent biographer Rob Finnis interlinks all the common threads with groundbreaking new information. A very important new release for rock'n'roll collectors.
Top Customer Reviews
Here Vincent becomes an excuse to issue a CD of mainly unknown rockabilly which would never gain the same recognition as that which Sun was cutting and about 5 songs on here were specially written and demoed for him in a hotel room.
None of this was even known about till the 90s and in the UK Gene Vincent had a bigger following though never had a No 1 hit either here or in the States.
If this idea was used for an "Elvis cut our songs" it could run to 10 volumes and that's not counting all the movie stuff done in New York and demoed by P J Proby on the West Coast probably from the demos and tapes made first by non singers like Bernie Baum or Leiber-Stoller which are unlikely to be heard by anybody even if they exist.