Monday, December 7, 2009

Music Monday: It's rockabilly time!

YES!--I said it's ROCKABILLY TIME, yall!

From the now-forgotten movie HOT ROD GANG (1958), this is the amazing Gene Vincent, who was simply too fabulous for mere words.

Apparently, "Baby Blue" was co-written by local legend Country Earl, and I never knew until last night! (He still makes a few hundred dollars a year from it, he said.) Country Earl's local restaurant in Simpsonville is colloquially known as Country Earl's Chompin and Stompin (rules: no drinking, no smoking and no cussing).

And if you are lucky enough to listen to Country Earl's classic-country radio show on WOLT-FM every Sunday night, then you already KNOW you are one of the luckiest souls on planet Earth.

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Baby Blue - Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps (1958)



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Race with the Devil - Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps (1956)



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Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps (1958)

2 comments:

Jon said...

I know Elvis had the charisma, but Jesus, Gene Vincent was positively scary. This is still dangerous stuff. Loved it.

D. said...

Dunno about scary. Most of the scary I've seen is pretty funny. The first two songs are unfamiliar, but I liked the semi-choreographed guitars.

The version of "Be-Bop-A-Lula" that I'm familiar with, on the other hand, had only bass and drum; it was refreshing and not a little strange to hear it with full instrumentation.