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(December 1959)

…The Tooting show (second house) was an experience I am glad I did not miss. Gene Vincent, the shy, modest boy who addresses even the screaming kids as “Sir” or “Ma’am,” limped on to the stage to a deafening roar of applause.

He looked scared, and his mouth twitched nervously when he discovered that his mike was not working.

He found another that was. There was a slight embarrassed pause, then quite unexpectedly he swung his iron-braced left leg right over the mike, spun round a complete 360 degrees, and tore into “Be-Bop-A-Lula.”

The effect was electrifying. A Jekyll and Hyde story come true.

The nervous, silent, bewildered Texan was suddenly transformed into a crouching wildcat. Gene is no sex-bomb. He neither uses nor needs any of the suggestive movements that are usually associated with the stage performances of star rockers.

Vincent is a man’s man, a tough guy. He is rock ‘n’ roll’s James Cagney and it is for this reason that an unusually large proportion of his fan club consists of boys.

When I say that Gene uses no sexy movements, do not think that he does not move on the stage. He moves all right. And, visually, it is the most unusual rock presentation I have ever witnessed.

For a start, Gene carries his mike like a gun. He is, by repute, the third fastest draw in Hollywood: Jerry Lewis is number one. He crouches with the mike almost throughout the act. He has to, since he keeps it at a height of two feet six inches.

He never faces the audience, not even while talking to them, but keeps his head bent over the mike or turned towards the wings.

He spins, throws and catches the mike, and swings his leg over it in a single short burst of movement. Then, like a crouching tiger awaiting its prey, he will be stock-still for minutes on end.

It has been suggested, because of the noticeable use of repeating echo on his discs that Gene’s voice is a figment of the electronic imagination.

This is false. The very characteristic sound belongs to Gene, not the echo chamber, and it comes across very clearly over the not-very-good sound systems used at these concert dates.

At this particular concert, on the second house, the audience was by no means satisfied with hearing only five numbers from Gene. They roared “We want Gene” continuously so that the compere, Billy Raymond, could not get a word in edgeways.


(4 December 1959)

Hopes to remain for three months

Gene Vincent, the American rock star who arrives in Britain tomorrow (Saturday), may spend much of the early part of next year in Britain. His visit, which was originally solely for television, has aroused so much interest that he is now trying to clear dates in the U.S. to undertake a three-month British tour in the Spring.

Vincent is already booked to head a package that will play twelve Granada theatres in London and the provinces next month…

Titled “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (Gene’s disc hit in 1956), the show will also spotlight British artists…

After his concert at Tooting this Sunday, Gene appears in three ABC TV “Boy Meets Girls” shows. On Dec. 15, he stars in the “Musicorama” radio show in Paris. He goes to Germany before the January tour starts.

Break-of-dawn greeting for ‘The Screaming End’ - GENE VINCENT

(5 December 1959)

When Gene Vincent arrives at London Airport tomorrow (Saturday), there will certainly be no shortcomings in the welcoming party. In spite of the fact that he is due to arrive at 6.55 a.m., there will be coach loads of fans who have got out of bed at the crack of dawn to greet him.

Jack Good and a few of the Vernons Girls hope to be there-not forgetting EMI executives and the Press. Gene’s first few hours in Britain will be rather hectic-after the welcome-in reception, he will appear on BBC’s “Saturday Club,” which goes on the air exactly three hours and five minutes after his plane touches down !

The following day, he rehearses with a group led by Firing Squad member and singer Joe Brown for his guest appearance in “The Marty Wilde Show” at Tooting Granada the same day. After that he may find some time to relax before he travels to Manchester to rehearse his “Boy Meets Girls” spots.

Three Shows

Apart from his British TV debut a week tomorrow, he will telerecord two other performances for screening on December 19 and 26…