The Nervous Fellas Rockabilly Band Tribute To Gene Vincent 2nd Song Hold Me Hug Me Rock Me
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From The Nervous Fellas “Born To Be Wild” Volume Two (coming soon)
Mark Twang – Guitar -BG Vocals
Pete Turland – Doghouse Bass -BG Vocals
John Deacon – Drums
Shaun “Butch” Murphy – Vocals -BG Vocals
Recorded in 1990 In Vancouver, Canada
Canada’s The Nervous Fellas rockabilly band would close their show most nights with “Hold Me Hug Me Rock Me” another Gene Vincent classic.
We usually closed the show with “Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me, each and every night so when we had extra time in the studio this was one of a few rockabilly covers we did and recorded it live off the floor and with no overdubs.
However if you don’t know about Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps and are into rockabilly (why you even here reading this) then you owe it to yourself to get out there and grab some vinyl recordings of one of many great rockabilly singers from the 1950’s
here is some info from Wiki.
“Vincent Eugene Craddock (February 11, 1935 – October 12, 1971), known as Gene Vincent, was an American musician who pioneered the styles of rock and roll and rockabilly. His 1956 top ten hit with his Blue Caps, “Be-Bop-A-Lula“, is considered a significant early example of rockabilly. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.”
In 1956 he wrote “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, which drew comparisons to Elvis Presley and which Rolling Stone magazine later listed as number 103 on its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.Local radio DJ “Sheriff Tex” Davis arranged for a demo of the song to be made, and this secured Vincent a contract with Capitol Records.
He signed a publishing contract with Bill Lowery of the Lowery Group of music publishers in Atlanta, Georgia. “Be-Bop-A-Lula” was not on Vincent’s first album and was picked by Capitol producer Ken Nelson as the B-side of his first single, Woman Love. Prior to the release of the single, Lowery pressed promotional copies of “Be-Bop-A-Lula” and sent them to radio stations throughout the country. By the time Capitol released the single, “Be-Bop-A-Lula” had already gained attention from the public and radio DJs.
The song was picked up and played by other U.S. radio stations (obscuring the original A-side song) and became a hit, peaking at number 5 and spending 20 weeks on the Billboard pop chart and reaching number 5 and spending 17 weeks on the Cashbox chart, and launching Vincent’s career as a rock-and-roll star.
After “Be-Bop-A-Lula” became a hit, Vincent and His Blue Caps were unable to follow it up with the same level of commercial success, although they released critically acclaimed songs like “Race with the Devil” (number 96 on the Billboard chart and number 50 on the Cashbox chart) and “Bluejean Bop” (number 49 on the Billboard chart and another million-selling disc).
Cliff Gallup left the band in 1956, and Russell Williford joined as the new guitarist for the Blue Caps. Williford played and toured Canada with Vincent in late 1956 but left the group in early 1957.
Gallup came back to do the next album and then left again. Williford came back and exited again before Johnny Meeks joined the band. The group had another hit in 1957 with “Lotta Lovin'” (highest position number 13 and spending 19 weeks on the Billboard chart and number 17 and 17 weeks on the Cashbox chart). Vincent was awarded gold records for two million sales of “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, and 1.5 million sales of “Lotta Lovin’
The same year he toured the east coast of Australia with Little Richard and Eddie Cochran, drawing audiences totaling 72,000 to their Sydney Stadium concerts. Vincent also made an appearance in the film The Girl Can’t Help It, with Jayne Mansfield, performing “Be-Bop-A-Lula” with the Blue Caps in a rehearsal room. “Dance to the Bop” was released by Capitol Records on October 28, 1957.
On November 17, 1957, Vincent and His Blue Caps performed the song on the nationally broadcast television program The Ed Sullivan Show.
The song spent nine weeks on the Billboard chart and peaked at number 23 on January 23, 1958 and reached number 36 and spent eight weeks on the Cashbox chart. It was Vincent’s last American hit single.
The song was used in the movie Hot Rod Gang for a dance rehearsal scene featuring dancers doing the West Coast Swing.
Vincent and His Blue Caps also appeared several times on Town Hall Party, California’s largest country music barn dance, held at the Town Hall in Compton, California. Town Hall Party drew in excess of 2,800 paid admissions each Friday and Saturday, with room for 1,200 dancers.
The show was also broadcast from 8:30 to 9:30 pm on the NBC Radio network. It was also shown on KTTV, channel 11, from 10 pm to 1 am on Saturday nights.[ Vincent and His Blue Caps appeared on October 25, 1958, and July 25 and November 7, 1959.
They performed “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, “High Blood Pressure”, “Rip It Up”, “Dance to the Bop”, “You Win Again”, “For Your Precious Love”, “Rocky Road Blues”, “Pretty Pearly”, “High School Confidential”, “Over the Rainbow”, “Roll Over Beethoven” and “She She Little Sheila”.
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