sábado, 11 de julio de 2009

·"Rock & Roll Heroes at Saturday Club" - Eddie Cochrane & Gene Vincent

Born Edward Raymond Cochran, 3 October 1938, Albert Lea, Minnesota, Eddie Cochran was the consummate rock 'n' roll idol, the one who had the lot. Unfortunately he had it taken away at the criminally young age of 21. Good looks, great guitar playing and the social-commentary lyrics of a Chuck Berry, Eddie was better positioned than anyone to rival Elvis Presley. By the time the Cochran family moved to California around 1950, Eddie was already an accomplished musician. He started to play with Hank Cochran as the Cochran Brothers although they weren't related. Hank had a country heart whilst Eddie was fuelled by a blood supply of the youthful rockabilly sounds. Hank and Eddie went their separate ways with Hank destined for a Hall of Fame career writing country songs. Meanwhile Eddie was by now working closely with Jerry Capehart who was instrumental in attaining him a role in the 1956 rock-flick, The Girl Can't Help It, in which he played “Twenty Flight Rock”. For the next two years he was running high with such revered classics as “Summertime Blues”, “C'Mon Everybody”, “Somethin' Else”, “Three Steps To Heaven”, and “Nervous Breakdown”. They've all been copied to death from metal to punk, rockabilly to country bands - and I think it's fair to say that no-one has really surpassed them. His guitar playing was way ahead of its time. Eddie embarked on a 1960 tour of the UK with his buddy Gene Vincent, and on 17 April 1960 he was killed in a car crash at Chippenham, not before he'd turned the UK scene on its head, with British musicians still today, marveling at his guitar work. The town remembers him every year with a tribute concert, the least that can be done to celebrate the life of one of the best ever.
Vincent Eugene Craddock (February 11, 1935 - October 12, 1971), better known as Gene Vincent, was an American musician who pioneered the styles of rock and roll and rockabilly. Craddock was a Norfolk native and became involved in the local music scene. He changed his name to “Gene Vincent” and formed a rockabilly band called the “Bluecaps” (a term used in reference to enlisted sailors in the U.S. Navy). Gene Vincent and the Bluecaps soon won a talent contest organized by local radio DJ "Sheriff Tex" Davis, who became his manager. In 1956 he wrote "Be-Bop-A-Lula”, a song that was picked up and played by U.S. radio stations, became a hit and launched Gene Vincent as a pop star. After "Be-Bop-A-Lula" became a huge hit (peaking at #7 and spending 20 weeks in the Billboard Pop Chart), Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps were unable to follow it up with the same level of commercial success. He was awarded Gold Records for 2 million sales of “Be-Bop-A-Lula”. Vincent also became one of the first rock stars to star in a film, The Girl Can't Help It together with Jayne Mansfield. Following a visit to Europe in 1959, Vincent managed to attract a new huge and discerning audience there, especially in the United Kingdom and France. By that time his career had mostly ended in the US. In 1960, while on tour in the UK, Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were seriously injured in a high-speed traffic accident in a private hire taxi traveling through Chippenham, Wiltshire on the A4 on the journey to London Airport where they were set to return to the US that night. The car, a Ford Consul, suffered a blowout causing it to swerve and crash into a lamp post on Rowden Hill. Both Vincent and Sheeley survived, but the accident killed Vincent's tour mate and Sheeley's fiancée, Eddie Cochran.
This recording (from February 23, 1960 at BBC Picadilly Studios, London) is from that last tour, and it’s also their appearance at the mythic Beeb radio show “Saturday Club” hosted by Alan Freeman, and with The Wildcats as backing group for both singers. Bonus tracks come from a UK TV show called Boys Meet Girls, which was filmed-recorded during that same English tour.


http://www.mediafire.com/file/znimmzuqdmi/Rock Heroes at Saturday Club - Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran - 1960.rar

00- Saturday Club’s theme & Introduction
01- Say Mama - Gene Vincent
02- Summertime - Gene Vincent
03- Somethin' Else - Eddie Cochran
04- Hallelujah! I Love Her So - Eddie Cochran
05- Wildcat - Gene Vincent
06- My Heart - Gene Vincent (with Eddie Cochrane on guitar)
07- What'd I Say - Eddie Cochran
08- Interview with Brian Matthew
09- Milk Cow Blues - Eddie Cochran
10- Rocky Road Blues - Gene Vincent
11- Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent
12- Twenty Flight Rock - Eddie Cochran
13- C’mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran

Bonus Tracks (Eddie Cochrane’s songs from UK TV show ‘Boys Meet Girls’, 1960):

14- Interview with Freeman Hover
15- Introduction by Marty Wilde
16- Hallelujah! I Love Her So
17- C’mon Everybody
18- Somethin' Else
19- Interview with Eddie Cochrane
20- Twenty Flight Rock
21- Introduction by Marty Wilde
22- Money Honey
23- Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
24- Hallelujah! I Love Her So
25- Closing Announcement
26- Interview with Monty Lister
27- Summertime Blues
28- Milk Cow Blues
29- Introduction & Interview with Eddie Cochrane
30- I Don’t Like You No More
31- Sweet Little Sixteen
32- Introduction by Marty Wilde
33- White Lightnin’ (with Gene Vincent)

1 comentario:

  1. Gene Vincent was what Elvis wished he could be.This is another in your great selection of posts. Thank You