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June 29, 2015

Gene And Eddie

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The greatest singer ever is Gene Vincent. There’s no discussion of this, no proof required. It’s a pure and simple fact, a syllogism. Gene Vincent was the greatest, the best singer there ever was or ever will be. Buddy Holly waited in a hotel lobby just to get Gene’s autograph. Every night Gene looked to the skies and sang to the angels, he entertained the angels and calmed the devils. Gene Vincent.
I saw him perform only once. He was fat and out of shape. The club was sold out. The band maybe knew Gene’s songs. It was the greatest show I’d ever seen or ever would see. It didn’t set a yardstick for other shows. It was a unique and once and never again experience.
Gene Vincent.
I’ve collected anecdotes about him throughout my life. Some are bizarre, some eerie and most wrong. The stories fascinated and titillated me. Most of the storytellers became close friends. We had Gene Vincent in common and that was enough to support love down through decades.
There are plenty of books about him. There need to be. There are plenty of reissues of his music. They’re all essential. Gene died in his thirties. He was a sopped up alky. He was a bloated figure who looked like he’d been living for 60 years at least. I was reminded of the corpse of Charlie Parker.
It’s not true but it should have been that his last words were, “She took everything, mama. Even my record player.”

Eddie Cochran was Gene’s best friend. Eddie died before Gene but was still with Gene.
Eddie was a session player in Hollywood at fifteen. He was a mean guitarist and a talented songwriter. He was a teenager and knew exactly what that meant. Every musical generation has featured an Eddie Cochran cover as part of their canon of viva la diference.
He sweated talent. His work with Gene was superb but not his finest. He died too soon, but who doesn’t. His passing left a hole in the world and in our lives.

What’s here is their music. It could have gone on for 3 days and then started all over again. I’d not have complained.
There’s a lot missing in this little sampler.

Git It Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Be Bop A Lula Unknown - Rebel Heart Vol. 7
Bop Street Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Let’s Get Together Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Box Set - Summertime Blues
Gene And Eddie Stray Cats - Runaway Boys
Jelly Bean Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Story - Three Steps To Heaven
The Day The World Turned Blue Gene Vincent - The Day The World Turned Blue
Sweet Gene Vincent Ian Dury - Sweet Gene Vincent
Born To Be A Rolling Stone (Alternate Take) Gene Vincent - Rebel Heart Vol. 7
Rollin’ Danny Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Drive-In Show Eddie Cochran - The Ballads Of Eddie Cochran
Weekend (Stereo) Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Box Set - Somethin’ Else
Pink Peg Slacks (Alt) Eddie Cochran - All The Best
Just Like Eddie Heinz - 25 Rock N Roll Hits
Mean When I’m Mad Eddie Cochran - The Best Of Eddie Cochran
Lonely Street (Undubbed Version) Gene Vincent - Rebel Heart Vol. 7
Cut Across Shorty Eddie Cochran - The Best Of Eddie Cochran
Spoken Message Gene Vincent - Rebel Heart Vol 1
Over The Rainbow Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Unchained Melody Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Summertime Blues Beach Boys - Surfin’ Safari
Water Baby Blues (short riff) Eddie Cochran - Rockin’ It Country Style
My Love To Remember Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Box Set - I’m Ready
My Way Who - Odds And Sods
North Carolina Line Gene Vincent - The Day The World Turned Blue
Cherished Memories Eddie Cochran - The Best Of Eddie Cochran
I Got A Baby Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Three Steps To Heaven Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Box Set - Somethin’ Else
Blue Jean Bop Gene Vincent - Rockabilly’s Gravest Hits
C’Mon Everybody Sex Pistols - The Great Rock And Roll Swindle
Rip It Up (out take) Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Red Blue Jeans and a Pony Tail Jeff Beck - Crazy Legs
Vincent’s Blues Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Hurtin For You Baby Gene Vincent - Born To Be A Rolling Stone
Don’t Bye, Bye Baby Me Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Story
Am I That Easy To Forget Gene Vincent - Born To Be A Rolling Stone
Boll Weevil Song Eddie Cochran - The Best Of Eddie Cochran
Somethin’ Else-Pistol Packin’ Mama Flamin’ Groovies - Supersnazz
Cotton Picker Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Box Set - I’m Ready
Baby Blue Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Dance In The Street Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Lucky Star Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Hallelujah I Love Her So-C’mon Everybody-Somethin’Else-Twenty Flight Rock Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Story
The Story Of The Rockers Gene Vincent - Rebel Heart Vol 2
Race With The Devil Gene Vincent - Rockabilly’s Gravest Hits

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