Musings

Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke

The Ballads of Gene Vincent

The Ballads of Gene Vincent

Gene Vincent was an iconic rock and roller, with his tortured facial expressions, classic greasy coif, perfect cat clothes. And yet, from his very first session to his last, he loved to sing ballads.

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Rex Gallion and Stratocaster serial no. 001

Rex Gallion and Stratocaster serial no. 001

A little-known Italian country musician named Rex Gallion holds the distinction of being the man who suggested to Leo Fender in 1953 that the new instrument he was designing could have body contours for comfort in playing.

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Roy Orbison – Roy Rocks

Roy Orbison – Roy Rocks

While it is true that Orbison himself preferred the softer songs and the pop ballads, and certainly that is where he found his greatest chart success, Roy Orbison’s veins pulsed with the blood of a rocker.

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RIP Ray Campi

RIP Ray Campi

The news is out that my friend Ray Campi has passed away. Ray was an original 1950s Texas rocker who kept the flame alive during the dark ages of the 1960s and 1970s, aided and abetted by Ronny Weiser and his DIY record label Rollin’ Rock Records.

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Glen Glenn – Glen Rocks

Glen Glenn – Glen Rocks

Our story concerns a very important city at a very important time—Los Angeles, California, in the 1950s—and two energetic young musicians who came of age during this exciting period: Glen Glenn and his guitar-playing compatriot, Gary Lambert.

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Gene Vincent – The Road Is Rocky

Gene Vincent – The Road Is Rocky

Fans have long admired the technical excellence of Gene Vincent’s recordings, especially the Capitol albums from 1956 to 1962. But the documentation and details of how these recordings came about have been somewhat shrouded in mystery.

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Freddie Hart – Juke Joint Boogie

Freddie Hart – Juke Joint Boogie

Freddie Hart will always be remembered for his runaway 1971 number one hit “Easy Loving.” But he had one of the longest and most arduous climbs to the top of any country music star in history, having begun his recording career almost twenty years earlier.

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