Chanteur Rockabilly US né en 1939 à Dallas (Texas). Gene Summers a débuté en 1958 chez Jan Records de Los Angeles (Californie), puis il passe chez Jane (58-59), Atla (62), Lafayette (62), Donnybrook (63), Capri (64), Jamie (64), Shane (64), Tear Drop (66), Charay (66), Mercury (66), Soft (66) et Domino (68). Gene, qui n'a jamais cessé d'enregistrer, se produit toujours sur scène.

On the subject of all things Dallas, Gene Summers seems to be as important to the city's history of rock & roll as the grassy knoll is to assassination theorists. Speaking of big bands, some sort of implosion of creative forces occurred in the spring of 1961, when Summers left a combo called the Rebels in order to bolster the membership of another that had been known up until then as Tommy & the Tom Toms. Tommy — as in Tommy Brown — had decided to leave Texas for Florida, a drift so common that a Texas rock band from a later era would be inspired to write a song about it, "Goin' to Florida." In the meantime, Summers had already made two records of his own for the regional Jan label and was an excellent choice as replacement frontman for what then logically became Gene Summers & the Tom Toms.
Membership in the latter outfit included bassist David Martin, later to become a member of the hitmaking Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, as well as lead guitarist Eddie Wayne Hill and drummer Joel Colbert. The group played on shows with performers such as Elmore James, Chuck Berry, and the original Drifters — traveling many a mile, not all of them pleasant. Hill and another bandmember, Donny LaGrone, died in 1962 after smacking into a gravel truck outside of Decatur, TX. Summers and associates made recordings from the early days of the band through inevitable personnel changes, not all of them the result of road mishaps. The late Hill wrote "Taboo" — not so much banned as regionally distributed, which often amounts to the same thing — while James McClung sold Summers on the idea of a "School of Rock & Roll" even before McClung became a full member of the Tom Toms.
Summers kept the band active through the fist half of the '60s, recording an illustrious single entitled "Big Blue Diamond" and becoming an essential part of any song title smorgasbord with the lip-smacking instrumental "Peanut Butter." The Dallas Guthrey Club represented something of a house band situation for the group in 1965. Free from the beat of a regular Tom Toms band, Summers has remained an active performer whose status has only been bolstered by resurgences in rockabilly hysteria. In 1997, Summers was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and had a collection of his recordings reissued on the Crystal Clear Sound imprint. Do Right Daddy, a new studio album for the Eviken label in 2004, was the appropriate move for a historic Dallas rocker standing on the threshold of a half a century in the music business.

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Talents : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll, Traditional Country

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

 

I GOT A BABY

SCHOOL OF ROCK 'N' ROLL

STRAIGHT SKIRTS

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

03/1958 SP JAN 11-100 (US) . Gene SUMMERS & His REBELS - School Of Rock 'n' Roll / Straight Skirts
07/1958 SP JAN 11-102 (US) . Gene SUMMERS & His REBELS - Nervous / Gotta Lotta That
09/1958 SP JAN 11-106 (US) . Gene SUMMERS & His REBELS - Twisteen / I'll Never Be Lonely
10/1958 SP JANE 102 (US) . Gene SUMMERS & His REBELS - Nervous / Gotta Lotta That
1958 SP APEX 9-76306 (CAN) . Gene SUMMERS & His REBELS - Nervous / Gotta Lotta That
01/1959 SP JANE 106 (US) . Gene SUMMERS & His REBELS - Twisteen / I'll Never Be Lonely
1960 SP CHESS 1773 (US) . BILL SMITH COMBO - vocal Gene SUMMERS - Lonely / Heartbreak Hotel
02/1962 SP ALTA 104 (US) . You Said You Loved Me / Tomorrow
05/1962 SP ALTA 106 (US) . Dance, Dance, Dance / Juke Box Memories
1962 SP LAFAYETTE R-1001 (US) . Almost 12 O' Clock / Chapel Bells Ringing
10/1963 SP DONNYBROOK D 556 (US) . Gene SUMMERS with The TOM TOMS - Blue Diamond / You Said You Loved Me
02/1964 SP CAPRI 502 (US) . Gene SUMMERS with The TOM TOMS - Blue Diamond / You Said You Loved Me
03/1964 SP JAMIE 1273 (US) . Gene SUMMERS with The TOM TOMS - Big Blue Diamond / You Said You Loved Me
06/1964 SP CAPRI 507 (US) . Alabama Shake / Just Because
08/1964 SP SHANE 47-1/2 (US) . JAC & JAY with The TOM TOMS - Peanut Butter / Monkey's Uncle
04/1965 SP CAPRI 513 (US) . My Year Book / Jack & Jill's New House
04/1966 SP TEAR DROP 3211 (US) . Cloudy Day / World Of Illusion
05/1966 SP DONNYBROOK 557 (US) . My Picture / Hey My Baby
07/1966 SP CHARAY 47 (US) . The Clown / Green Eyed Monster
09/1966 SP MERCURY 72606 (US) . The Clown / Green Eyed Monster
09/1966 SP SOFT S-1005 (US) . The Loser / Look Alike Baby
09/1966 SP SOFT S-1005 (US) . The Loser / Sweet Thing
1966 SP MARIDENE M-106 (US) . The Waltz You Saved For Me / Big Blue Diamond
06/1968 SP DOMINO S-101 (US) . Who Stole The Marker / The Table On My Right
1970 SP DOMINO 104 (US) . Gene SUMMERS & The PLATINUM FOG - When Love Calls / The Young Voices Of Children
1971 SP MARIDENE M-110 (US) . Hot Pants / Sometimes
1971 SP W & G ? (AUS) . Hot Pants / The Young Voice Of Children
197? SP BLACK JACK 4023 (B) I've Had It / Wine Wine Wine
1975 SP DOMINO D-111 (US) . A Man Can Cry / (She Was) Dressed Fit To Kill
1977 SP TEARDROP 3405 (US) (promo) . Goodbye Priscilla (Bye Bye Baby Blue) / Down On The Farm
1977 SP RECORD MAT RMA-1025 (UK) . School Of Rock'n'Roll / Straight Skirt
1979 SP LECAM LC-34 (US) . Do You Think I'm Sexy / The Clown
1979 SP COUNTRY DISCO 1221 (US) . Do You Think I'm Sexy / The Clown
1997 EP NORTON EP-061 (US) A GENE SUMMERS RECORD DATE - Gene SUMMERS & The REBELS - Fancy Dan / Nervous / Twixteen / Gotta Lotta That
1999 EP ROLLERCOASTER RCEP 127 (UK) School Of Rock 'n' Roll / Straight Skirt / Fancy Dan / Nervous

Albums

1975 LP 12" LAKE COUNTY LP 502 (SW) THE SOUTHERN CAT ROCKS ON - Spoken Introduction / Almost 12 O'Clock / Wine Wine Wine / Chapel Bells Ringing / Leroy / Lover Please / Who Stole The Marker From The Grave Of Bonnie Parker / Dance Dance Dance / Mad Mad World / Good Rockin' Tonight / Memphis / Long Tall Texan / Fannie Mae
1977 LP 12" LAKE COUNTY LP 504 (SW) MISTER ROCK AND ROLL - Mister Rock And Roll / As Long As I Have You / Down On The Farm / You Need My Love / I Got A Baby / A Man Can Cry / Cool Baby / I've Had It / You're Gonna' Be Sorry / Taboo / Rockin' Daddy / Big Blue Diamonds
1980 LP 12" STAR-CLUB / JAN 33-8011 (SW) ROCK A BOOGIE SHAKE - Rockaboogie Shake / School Of Rock'n'Roll / Gotta Lotta That / Alabama Shake / Straight SKirts / Twixteen / Nervous / Baby Are You Kiddin' / Dance, Dance, Dance / Wine, Wine, Wine / Mister Rock'n'Roll / I've Had It / You're Gonna Be Sorry / Big Blue Diamonds / The Rebel - Johnny Yuma / Honey Hush
1980 LP 10" BIG BEAT BBR 0007 (F) TEXAS ROCK AND ROLL - Wine Wine Wine / Leroy / Who Stole The Marker From The Grave Of Bonnie Parker / Mad Mad World / I've Had It / Mister Rock And Roll / I Got A Baby / A Man Can Cry / Rockin' Daddy / Big Blue Diamonds
1980 LP 10" BIG BEAT BBR 0011 (F) GENE SUMMERS IN NASHVILLE- Mystery Train / I Will Rock And Roll With You / Put Your Cat Clothes On / Blue Monday / Walk On By / Singing The Blues / Big River / Tennessee Saturday Night / Today I Started Loving You Again / I Still Miss Someone
1981 LP 12" WHITE LABEL 8826 (NL) EARLY ROCKING RECORDINGS - School Of Rock And Roll / Floppin' / Nervous / Alabama Shake / Loco Cat / Turnip Greens / Trying To Get To You / Straight Skirt / Hey, My Baby / Gotta Lotta That / I'll Never Be Lonely / Twixteen / Suzie Q / Be Bop A Lula
12/1981 LP 12" CHARLY CRM 2027 (UK) DANCE, DANCE, DANCE - Put Your Cat Clothes On / Rockin' Daddy / Dance Dance Dance / Leroy / Cool Baby / Big Blue Diamonds / You Need My Love / I've Had It / Tennessee Saturday Night / Down On The Farm / I Got A Baby / Wine Wine Wine / Blue Monday / Mad Mad World / You're Gonna Be Sorry / I Will Rock 'n' Roll With You
1983 LP 12" SUNROCK SPLP 841 (UK) LIVE IN SCANDINAVIA - GENE SUMMERS WITH RED HOT MAX & THE CATS - Rip It Up / Back In The USA / Rockabilly Rebel / Almost 12 O'Clock / Rockin' Daddy / School Of Rock'n'Roll / Hoy Hoy Hoy / Be-Bop-A-Lula / Baby, Let's Play House / High School Confidential / Boppin' The Blues / School Of Rock'n'Roll / Good Rockin' Tonight / Speedin' Banks
1994 CD COLLECTOR 4420 (NL) SCHOOL OF ROCK AND ROLL - School Of Rock And Roll / Straight Skirt / Nervous / Gotta Lotta That / Twixteen / I'll Never Be Lonely / Dance, Dance, Dance / Almost 12 O'Clock / Alabama Shake / Wine, Wine, Wine / I've Had It / Leroy / Lover Please / Mad Mad World / Loco Cat / Mister Rock And Roll / Floppin' / Turnip Greens / Hey My Baby / Baby Are You Kiddin' / You're Gonna Be Sorry / Honey Hush / Rockaboogie Shake / Big Blue Diamond / I Got A Baby / Rockin' Daddy / Who Stole The Marker / Blue Monday / Big River / The Rebel Johnny Yuma
08/1997 CD CRYSTAL CLEAR 9723-2 (US) THE ULTIMATE SCHOOL OF ROCK & ROLL - School Of Rock & Roll / Nervous / Straight Skirts / Gotta Lotta That / I'll Never Be Lonely / Twixteen / Someone Somewhere (unreleased) / Alabama Shake (unreleased) / Almost Persuaded (unreleased) / You Said You Loved Me / Dance Dance Dance / If You Don't Come Home (unreleased) / Just Because / Fancy Dan (unreleased) / Big Blue Diamonds / Someone Somewhere (unreleased) / Almost 12 O'Clock / The Push (unreleased) / The Great Pretender (unreleased) / Broken Dreams (unreleased) / Alabama Shake / The Clown / World Of Illusion / Cloudy Day / Who Stole The Marker / Goodbye Priscilla / Susie-Q / Baby Are You Kiddin' / Twixteen (unreleased) / Nervous (unreleased) / Rockaboogie Shake / Gotta Lotta That (unreleased)
01/2000 CD ROLLER COASTER RCCD 3035 (UK) ROCK-A-BOOGIE SHAKE - School Of Rock 'N Roll / Nervous / Straight Skirt / Gotta Lotta That / I'll Never Be Lonely / Twixteen / Someone Somewhere / Alabama Shake / Almost Persuaded / Dance, Dance, Dance / If You Don't Come Home / Just Because / Fancy Dan / Almost 12 O'Clock / The Push / Alabama Shake (alt. vers.) / Suzie Q / Baby Are You Kiddin' / Twixteen (alt. vers.) / Nervous (alt. vers.) / Rockaboogie Shake / Gotta Lotta That (alt. vers.) / Domino (with The Blue Cats, prev. unissued) / Rock 'N' Roll Ruby (with The Blue Cats, prev. unissued) / So Glad You're Mine (with The Blue Cats, prev. unissued) / Broken Dreams (vers. 1) / Shake, Baby, Shake (with The Blue Cats, prev. unissued) / Down On The Farm / Cool Baby / I've Had It / Rockin' Daddy / Good Rockin' Tonight / Leroy / Wine, Wine, Wine / As Long As I Have You
2004 CD ENVIKEN ENREC 122 (SW) DO RIGHT DADDY - Be-Bop City / Hot Rod Baby / I'm Flyin' In / Boogie Rock / Shake It Around / Little Lu Ann / Do Right Daddy / Long Story Song / Look At Me / Baby Please Tell Me Why / The Rebel - Johnny Yuma / Crazy Cat Corner / She Bops Alot / (It's Love Baby) 24 Hours A Day / So
02/2008 CD SEDUCTION SCD-110 (US) REMINISCE CAFE - Reminisce Cafe / She Bops A Lot / Just Together / Rockin' Fever / Crazy Cat Corner / I Won't Take Any Less / (It's Love Baby) Twenty Four Hours A Day / Do A Little Roll / Heartbreak City Limits / Love Me Tender / Gonna Drive 'Em Up A Wall / Be-Bop City / Hot Rod Baby / I'm Flyin' In / Little Lu Ann

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