Eddie Cochran closed the first half of the show. Curtains parted, our hero’s back towards the audience...
...He swung round, then lifted his guitar, whipping off his shades straight into ‘Something Else’. The set included ‘Come On Everybody’, ‘Summertime Blues’ and ‘Hallelujah I Love Her So’ as well as Little Willie Johns’ ‘Fever’...
Gene Vincent & Eddie
Cochran "Rock 'n Roll Heroes" 1981 (BBC "Saturday Club" with Brain Matthew live broadcast recordings from 1960!)
...Can you imagine the effect this had on this 14 year old? Vincent hit the stage backed up by Marty Wilde’s ‘Wildcats’, with Big Jim Sullivan on lead guitar. ‘Say Mama’, ‘Rocky Road Blues’, ‘Summertime’, along with ‘Blue Jean Bop’ which I don't recall him doing too often on live gigs.
Obviously ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’. He also included Jack Scott’s ‘What In The World’s Come Over You’ which was in fact in the charts at the time. It’s difficult to relate now, all these years later, the sheer excitement that I felt as Vincent gave it his all, his eyes transfixed high above the audience, a vision that that only he could see. The demented expression, totally lost on stage in a world of his own, slamming the mike stand on the stage floor, dragging it around like a crutch, falling down on one knee, kicking his bad leg over the mike stand. The archetypal Vincent Stage Act.
For the encore of ‘Shake Rattle And Roll’ and ‘What’d I Say’, Cochran rejoined the stage, lifting his leg up, guitar held out in front as he hopped on one leg towards where Vincent was jumping up and down centre-stage. I tell you Kats, I don't think the stage had been swept since the days when Gypsy Mabel Cable and the Great Goosetti had played there decades before as they became almost obliterated by the dust. Awestruck and mesmerised by the events of the evening on the bus home barely able to speak. That was it. That's what started it all. 40 odd years of gig going followed. (Hopefully another 40 more to come). - from: http://www.tftw.freeuk.com/main-pages/woods_awakes.htm
Gene Vincent & The Wildcats - Line-up:
Gene Vincent (vocals), ‘Big’ Jim Sullivan (lead guitar), Tony Belcher (rhythm guitar), Brian ‘Licorice’ Locking (bass guitar), Brian Bennett (drums)
On February 16th and 23rd 1960, Gene Vincent recorded six songs for the BBC radio show SATURDAY CLUB at BBC’s Picadilly Studios, backed by The Wildcats.
Two songs, Be-Bop-A-Lula and Say Mama, were recorded on both sessions, but it is impossible to tell which of all songs was recorded at what date. The shows were broadcasted on March 5th and 12th. The recorded songs were Be-Bop-A-Lula (Version 1), Be-Bop-A-Lula (Version 2)*, Say Mama (Version 1), Say Mama (Version 2)*, Summertime, Wildcat, My Heart (recorded 23.2.60, broadcasted 12.3.60) and Rocky Road Blues.
The two tracks marked with * were released on the Rockstar EP ON TOUR WITH GENE VINCENT & EDDIE
COCHRAN (RSR-EP 2013, 1986), the other tracks on the Rockstar album ROCK’N’ROLL HEROES - GENE VINCENT & EDDIE
COCHRAN (RSR-LP 1004, 1981).Eddie
Cochran & The Wildcats - Line-up:Eddie
Cochran (vocal/guitar), ‘Big’ Jim Sullivan (lead guitar), Tony Belcher (rhythm guitar), Brian ‘Licorice’ Locking (bass guitar), Brian Bennett (drums)
On three occasions Eddie
Cochran was backed by The Wildcats for the BBC radio shows PARADE OF THE POPS (broadcasted 22-2-60) and SATURDAY CLUB (5 and 12-3-60). The recordings for all three shows took place at the BBC Picadilly Studios.
They were released on the Union Pacific album EDDIE
COCHRAN - A LEGEND IN OUR TIME 1 (U.P. 001, 1971), the Rockstar album ROCK’N’ROLL HEROES - GENE VINCENT & EDDIE
COCHRAN2 (RSR-LP 1004, 1981), the Rockstar EP ON TOUR WITH GENE VINCENT & EDDIE
COCHRAN3 (RSR-EP 2013, 1986) and the Rockstar single What’d I Say / Milk Cow Blues4 (RSR-SP 3001, 1979). The indices refer to the following songs featured on the above records.
For the PARADE OF THE POPS show Eddie
and the Wildcats recorded version 1 of C’mon Everybody3 on an unknown exact date in February 1960.
The songs C’mon Everybody (Version 2)1, Hallelujah, I Love Her So (Version 1)1, What’d I Say4 and Milk Cow Blues4 were recorded on 16-2-1960 for the SATURDAY CLUB show, which was broadcast on 5-3-1960.
For the SATURDAY CLUB show from 12-3-1960 Eddie
and the Wildcats recorded Somethin’ Else2, Hallelujah, I Love Her So (Version 2)2 and Twenty Flight Rock2 on 23-2-1960.
1. GENE VINCENET & The Wildcats: Say Mama 2. GENE VINCENET & The Wildcats: Summertime 3. EDDIE
COCHRAN & The Wildcats: Somethin' Else 4. EDDIE
COCHRAN & The Wildcats: Hallelujah! I Love Her So 5. GENE VINCENET & The Wildcats: Wildcat 6. GENE VINCENET & The Wildcats: My Heart 7. EDDIE
COCHRAN & The Wildcats: What'd I Say 8. EDDIE
COCHRAN & The Wildcats: Milk Cow Blues 9. GENE VINCENET & The Wildcats: Rocky Road Blues 10. GENE VINCENET & The Wildcats: Be-Bop-A-Lula 11. EDDIE
COCHRAN & The Wildcats: Twenty Flight Rock
Introductions by Brian Matthew / ripped from vinyl in glorious monoloudarama!