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Gene Vincent We Sure Miss You - Commemorative Album (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.)

We Sure Miss You - Commemorative Album (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.)
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Gene Vincent: We Sure Miss You - Commemorative Album (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.)

1 vinyl LP (10") with bonus CD and booklet. 12 tracks (LP), 34 tracks (CD). Total playing time: c. 28 min. (LP), c. 79 min. (CD). Deluxe Edition with 12 page Booklet and a Photo Postcard - Limited Edition

  • Bear Family Records® releases an LP/CD combination in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passing of the great Gene Vincent, 'The Cat Man'!
  • In his time, he influenced the international, and especially the British, music scene like no other.
  • Between 1956 and 1961, eight of his songs entered the British Top 40!
  • For the Teddy Boy movement he was and remains an idol!
  • For this 10inch LP, Bear Family has compiled eleven of his timeless rockers plus the ballad I Sure Miss You.
  • The bonus CD delivers 22 more highlights from 1956 - 1958, including rare recordings.
  • Detailed liner notes by Marc Mittelacher in the large format illustrated booklet.

With Be-Bop-A-Lula, recorded on May 4, 1956, the artist - born in Virginia in 1935 - has become an immortal rockabilly idol on both sides of the Atlantic. Gene Vincent belongs to the elite circle of the greatest and most influential musicians of his era. His appearance in the film 'The Girl Can't Help It' made him known beyond the hard core of rockabilly fans to a wider audience.

When, after several successes, his star began to wane in the U.S., he toured Europe several times starting in 1959, delighting audiences in Great Britain in particular. He became a revered idol for the Teddy Boy movement that emerged in the early 1950s in the UK!
Gene Vincent died on October 12, 1971 at the young age of 36, apparently as a result of years of alcohol consumption and drug abuse. Posthumously, he was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. With his death, the music world lost one of the great stars of his era.

Half a century has passed since his death, but his fans still worship him like an ambassador from the Olympus of Rock & Roll. Bear Family would like to commemorate a pioneering rockabilly musician with this LP/CD combination. Stefan Kohne and Nico Feuerbach have selected eleven of his best rockers plus the sensitive ballad I Sure Miss You - which was also the foundation for the album title - for the vinyl album. The jam-packed CD contains 22 further highlights, including rare live recordings from the fifties and songs by Blue Caps members Cliff Gallup, Dickie Harrell and Johnny Meeks, among others. The large-format and illustrated booklet contains extensive liner notes by Marc Mittelacher.

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  • Interpret: Gene Vincent

  • Album titlle: We Sure Miss You - Commemorative Album (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code BAFX
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Geschwindigkeit 45 U/min
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Vinyl record size LP (10 inch)
  • Artikelart LP (10 inch)

  • Year of publication 2021
  • EAN: 5397102140198

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Vincent, Gene - We Sure Miss You - Commemorative Album (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.) LP (10 inch) 1
01 Well, I Knocked Bim Bam Gene Vincent
02 Be-Bop-A-Lula Gene Vincent
03 Teenage Partner (version 1) Gene Vincent
04 Pretty, Pretty Baby Gene Vincent
05 Who Slapped John Gene Vincent
06 Flea Brain Gene Vincent
07 Bluejean Bop Gene Vincent
08 B-I-Bickey-Bi Bo Bo Go Gene Vincent
09 Rollin' Danny Gene Vincent
10 Crazy Legs Gene Vincent
11 Dance To The Bop Gene Vincent
12 I Sure Miss You Gene Vincent
Vincent, Gene - We Sure Miss You - Commemorative Album (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.) LP (10 inch) 2
01 Well, I Knocked Bim Bam Gene Vincent
02 Be-Bop-A-Lula Gene Vincent
03 Teenage Partner (version 1) Gene Vincent
04 Pretty, Pretty Baby Gene Vincent
05 Who Slapped John Gene Vincent
06 Flea Brain Gene Vincent
07 Bluejean Bop Gene Vincent
08 B-I-Bickey-Bi Bo Bo Go Gene Vincent
09 Rollin' Danny Gene Vincent
10 Crazy Legs Gene Vincent
11 Dance To The Bop Gene Vincent
12 I Sure Miss You Gene Vincent
13 Cat Man Gene Vincent
14 Race With The Devil Gene Vincent
15 You Better Believe Gene Vincent
16 Imporatant Words Gene Vincent
17 Gene Vincent giving station ident for radio station, WKBH, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Gene Vincent
18 Lotta Lovin' Gene Vincent
19 Bop Street Gene Vincent
20 Pink Thunderbird Gene Vincent
21 Wedding Bells (Are Breaking That Old Gang Of Mine) Gene Vincent
22 You Told A Fib Gene Vincent
23 Blues Stay Away From Me Gene Vincent
24 Gonna Back Up Baby Gene Vincent
25 You'll Never Walk Alone Gene Vincent
26 Midnight Cryin' Time Scotty McKay
27 The Rock-A-Round Paul Peek
28 Don't Wake Up The Kids The Four Dots feat. Johnny Meeks
29 Goon Bat Dickie Harrell
30 Little Baby Tommy Facenda
31 Hot Time In Nashville The Phelps Brothers feat. Cliff Gallup
32 Be-Bop-A-Lula (Alan Freed Show - live) Gene Vincent
33 Hound Dog (Alan Freed Show - live) Gene Vincent
34 For Your Precious Love (Town Hall Party 1958 - live) Gene Vincent
Gene Vincent Eugene Vincent Craddock was born on 11th February 1935 in Norfolk,... more
"Gene Vincent"

Gene Vincent

Eugene Vincent Craddock was born on 11th February 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia. Actually the precise order of his forenames has been the subject of some discussion over the years, and when Gene filled out his application for a social security card, he gave his name as Vincent E. Craddock and although 11th February appears on his birth certificate, his mother continually claimed that it should have read 17th, while his sister Evelyn favoured 22nd. That was how it always was with Gene. Nothing was quite the way it seemed and even the simplest things had a habit of ending up in dispute.

He enjoyed an unremarkable childhood and never progressed beyond an eighth grade education, eventually dropping out and enlisting in the navy at nearby Richmond, Virginia on 19th February 1952 at the age of seventeen. After basic training, he was assigned as a deckhand on USS Chuckawan and in time upgraded to become a boiler man. He would fill the long hours on board by singing and strumming his guitar but only for relaxation and never with any thoughts of fame and fortune.

His one passion, other than girls, was for motorcycling. By mid 1955 he had upgraded from his first small bike to a powerful Triumph and had effected a transfer to shore duties where he was working as a despatch rider attached to the naval base in Norfolk.

The episode which changed Gene Craddock's life forever occurred in July 1955 and as usual there are several different versions of the incident. It is however generally accepted that a woman driving a Chrysler jumped a red light and a sickening collision left him with a permanent injury to his left leg which had been almost severed just above the shin.

The doctors favoured amputation and with hindsight this would have been the best option, but he always fought against the ultimate solution and consequently lived the rest of his life in various degrees of pain. For six months he was in and out of Portsmouth Naval Hospital, hobbling around on crutches with his whole leg encased in plaster. This already serious injury was made worse because of his apparent unwillingness to rest the wound and on several occasions the doctors were obliged to re-set the leg because it was not healing satisfactorily.

During the period of his recuperation another event took place which was destined to shape the future of Gene Craddock's life. For two nights on 11th and 12th September 1955, Elvis Presley came to Norfolk and Gene was among the capacity audience at the City Auditorium as teenagers rioted and mobbed him, literally tearing his clothes apart for souvenirs. The audience reaction to Presley must have had a dramatic effect on the youngster, whose own career prospects were no longer looking very promising. From then on, singing rock 'n' roll was all that Gene ever wanted to do with his life.

Presley's appearance in Norfolk, Virginia had been sponsored by a local radio station, WCMS, and when in February 1956 they called for neighbourhood talent to audition for a new show, 'Country Showtime,' Gene overcame his shyness and sang Presley's song Heartbreak Hotel, creating sufficient impact to qualify for the finals which were held at the Carnival Room in Norfolk. This time he performed an unknown song Be-Bop-A-Lula, backed by the Virginians, who were the WCMS house band and included one, Ervin Williams, in their line-up on rhythm guitar. Gene caused such a stir that he and the Virginians quickly became regulars on 'Country Showtime' and even played a few live shows at a local car lot on the weekends.

It was WCMS disc jockey Bill 'Sheriff Tex' Davis who had the foresight to really kick start young Gene Craddock's career. A few months earlier he had made brief contact with Ken Nelson of Capitol Records at the Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville. He rang through to him in California and was greeted with unexpected enthusiasm. RCA had recently purchased Presley's contract from Sun and with their greater financial muscle and superior distribution network were rapidly elevating him to stardom. Capitol did not have any rock 'n' roll singers to compete with RCA and although Ken Nelson had no personal interest in the music, he was astute enough to realise that they needed to climb aboard this latest bandwagon, and quickly.

Sheriff Tex Davis gathered together a group of local musicians which comprised Ervin 'Willie' Williams from the Virginians on rhythm guitar, lead guitarist Cliff Gallup, Jack Neal on double bass, plus fifteen year old school boy, Dickie Harrell on drums and on 9th April, they recorded a demo of Be-Bop-A-Lula which was duly dispatched to Nelson at Capitol. For three weeks they heard nothing, but when he finally called, it was an excited Ken Nelson who invited them to Nashville to make a record.

The whirlwind that became Gene's life had begun and he was totally unprepared for what was about to happen. They arrived in Nashville on 3rd May and holed up at the Andrew Jackson Hotel until the following day, when they would record one of the popular music's greatest records, an anthem of rock 'n' roll. This inexperienced gaggle of musicians who had hardly played together and really had little idea what they were doing, were about to hit the jackpot.

Ken Nelson was having second thoughts about the whole project and fearing that this unpromising looking troupe would be less than competent, had assembled a team of session musicians to accompany Gene. There was however one ace in their pack and that was guitarist, Cliff Gallup. As soon as he started to play, the session musicians were sent home and Nelson pinned all his hopes on the five of them. Cliff Gallup was something special and he would in time be recognised as one of rock music's great guitarists. It was indeed fortunate that he was at Gene's side at this vital time of his life.

Three of the four songs recorded that first day open this new collection of Vincent's greatest work. Race With The Devil was a driving rocker containing some wonderfully original guitar work from Gallup which fitted beautifully around Gene's hiccuppy vocals, while Woman In Love was an even wilder slab of rock 'n' roll, on which he literally panted his way through partially unintelligible lyrics. Ken Nelson had great difficulty in the studio because Gene's soft voice was being overpowered by the guitars and drums, so eventually he was made to sing from another room to obtain the necessary separation...

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Vincent, Gene - We Sure Miss You - Commemorative Album (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.) LP (10 inch) 1
01 Well, I Knocked Bim Bam
02 Be-Bop-A-Lula
03 Teenage Partner (version 1)
04 Pretty, Pretty Baby
05 Who Slapped John
06 Flea Brain
07 Bluejean Bop
08 B-I-Bickey-Bi Bo Bo Go
09 Rollin' Danny
10 Crazy Legs
11 Dance To The Bop
12 I Sure Miss You
Vincent, Gene - We Sure Miss You - Commemorative Album (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.) LP (10 inch) 2
01 Well, I Knocked Bim Bam
02 Be-Bop-A-Lula
03 Teenage Partner (version 1)
04 Pretty, Pretty Baby
05 Who Slapped John
06 Flea Brain
07 Bluejean Bop
08 B-I-Bickey-Bi Bo Bo Go
09 Rollin' Danny
10 Crazy Legs
11 Dance To The Bop
12 I Sure Miss You
13 Cat Man
14 Race With The Devil
15 You Better Believe
16 Imporatant Words
17 Gene Vincent giving station ident for radio station, WKBH, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
18 Lotta Lovin'
19 Bop Street
20 Pink Thunderbird
21 Wedding Bells (Are Breaking That Old Gang Of Mine)
22 You Told A Fib
23 Blues Stay Away From Me
24 Gonna Back Up Baby
25 You'll Never Walk Alone
26 Midnight Cryin' Time
27 The Rock-A-Round
28 Don't Wake Up The Kids
29 Goon Bat
30 Little Baby
31 Hot Time In Nashville
32 Be-Bop-A-Lula (Alan Freed Show - live)
33 Hound Dog (Alan Freed Show - live)
34 For Your Precious Love (Town Hall Party 1958 - live)