1961 10th/11th January 1961 : recording sessions at the Capitol studios in Hollywood, with the Jimmy Haskell Orches GENE VINCENT – IT’S BEEN NICE Extracts : Capitol Tower, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California Tuesday January 10, 1961 Producer Karl Engermann The Jimmie Haskell Orchestra Scotty Turner (lead guitar) Unknown : guitar, bass, piano, drums Written by Doc Pomus & Mort Schuman for Marty Wilde who recorded the original (Philips PB 972 – 1959) If you cannot hear the extracts, download Quick Time FOR FREE 20th january 1961 : Gene is back in the UK for a tour organized by Don Arden. He is accompanied by Chris Wayne & The Echoes. The tour begins the 23rd at the Adelphi Theater of West Brown. He performs at Grimsley the 27th and at the Imperial of Nelson the 28th. 29th january 1961 : Gene has to go back to the USA because of a health problem. He stays in Niles, California. Niles, Californie January 1961 : release of "Jezebel" / "Accentuate The Positive" (Capitol 15179 US). 7th february 1961 : the UK tour is resumed at the Floral Hall of Southport, until Gene performs at the Granada Theatre of Kingston on the 27th. Jess Conrad & The Flee Rekkers and the Four Jays do the opening of the shows in the Granada theatres. February 1961 : release of a UK single "If You want My Lovin" / "Mister Loniless" (Capitol F 4525 UK). February 1961 : Gene is a guest for the radio show BBC Saturday Club. He comes back to the USA at the end of the month Interview BBC UK Saturday Brian Matthew, 18th february 1961 13th march 1961 : Gene is already back to the London airport, for an Irish tour. He performs at the Opera House of Belfast, with Johnny Kidd, Vince Taylor, Terry Dene, Screamin’ Lord Sutch and Keith Kelly. Gene & Vince Taylor 20th March 1961 : Gene goes back to the USA, waiting for the renewal of his visa for the UK. 28th march 1961 : he is back in the UK on this Friday. Gene come back in the UK at the beginning of the spring for a record made with the “Jimmy Haskell Orchestra”, at the Capitol tower in January 1961. The two songs “Mister Loneliness” and “ If You Want My Lovin’ were done on commercial purpose but they met success. Capitol decided to come back to Gene’s roots, and the label was once more in the UK Top 30 with “She she Little Sheila”. This song had been recorded in 1959 during the sessions for “Crazy Times” with Jerry Merritt. 15th april 1961 : the tour begins at the Adelphi of Slough. April 1961 : release of "She She Little Sheila" / "Hot Dollar" (Capitol 15202 US). 15th april 1961 : Gene starts a fifteen days long trip to South Africa and Rhodesia. 28th april 1961 : Gene goes back to the UK to perform at the Gaumont Theater of Bradford on the 30th. May 1961 : Gene hires a new band, the Sounds Incorporated, and with whom he stars on the 7th on the first instalment of the TV show “Thank You Lucky Stars” shot in Teddington, they performed “She She Little Sheila”. Gene, in London 1961 with the Sounds Incorporated Live performance of She She Little Sheila Gene, in London 1961 with the Sounds Incorporated Gene, Londres 1961 avec les Sounds Incorporated Live, She She Little Sheila : As his visa is effective again, Gene starts on the 2th a tour in South Africa with the English band Mickey Most and his Plays Boys
29th may 1961 : Gene is back in the UK.
5th June 1961 : during this new UK tour, Gene performs at the Gaumont Theater of Rochester and in Mansfieled on the 25th. Gaumont Theater of Rochester 14th June 1961 : the steel splint that sustained Gene’s leg breaks during the show at the Majestic in Newcastle. Then another incident during the show Rock Across The Channel makes him cancel his concert in Nelson. Rock Across The Channel 1961 Margie behind him According to some magazines, Rock Across The Channel took place on the 17th june 1962, no hint that Gene was here at this date can be found. But he is here in 1961, with Margareth Russell Griffith, who he would marry in 1963. Rock Across The Channel 1961
7th July 1961 : Gene joins the radio broadcast Spectacle du Mond for Radio Luxembourg. 9th July 1961 : concert at the Queen’s Theater of Blackpool. Queen's Theater of Blackpool On the 9th july, Gene performs in Blackpool, starting point for a new tour, then he heads towards Scotland for a two weeks long stay. Gene faints on the last day of the tour. Two days later, he appears in two galas in Romgford and Hydley but he does not get beter and must go back to the USA to be treated 27th July 1961 : recording sessions at the St Johns Wood Studios in London with the Sounds Incorporated and the Charles Blackwell Orchestra directed by Norrie Paramor. Four songs are recorded. GENE VINCENT – THERE I GO AGAIN Johns Wood EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, U.K. 1961 Producer : Norrie Paramor There I Go Again (Whoops, I’m Falling or Whoops, I’m Dreaming) Words & Music : John St. Jones Gillard Musicians : The Sounds Incorporated John St. John (lead gtr), Wes Hunter (bass gtr), Bobby Cameron – not confirmed -(celesta), Tony Newman (percussion) Johns Wood EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, U.K. At the end of July, Gene went to the Abbey Road studios to record the great rocking song « I’m Going Home ». The band brought a solid sax background to Gene’s performance, which should have done better than 36th in the charts. This release was Gene’s last great success, at a time when his contract with Capitol came to an end. August 1961 : Gene cancels his concerts in the UK to go back to the USA for his leg to be healed. 18th october 1961 : last recording session at the Capitol Tower studios with producer Nick Venet. Accompanied by the Dave Burgess Band (formerly known as the Champs), Gene records “Lucky Star” and “Baby Don’t Believe Him”. His last recordings in Hollywood allowed Gene to release his last US single « Lucky Star », recorded with the « Dave, the Champs, Burhess Band ». Gene now went regularly to the UK and went again at the end of 1961 to tour and to star in a movie. October 1961 : at the end of the month, Gene comes back to the UK with a new visa. 6th novembe 1961 : a long tour took Gene through Scotland and England until the 3rd december, with Johnny Kidd and Rory Blackwell to open the shows Gene & Johnny Kid November 1961 : release of "I'm Goin' Home" / " Love Of A Man" (Capitol 15215 US) and of the French EP “Be-Bop-A-Lula”. 4th december 1961 : Gene and the Sounds Incorporated go to the Shepperton studios to shot « Spaceship to Mars » under the direction of Richard Lester fro his Columbia movie « It’s Trad Dad » wih Helen Shapiro, John Leyton, the Brook Brothers, Craig Douglas, etc…produced by Milton Subotsky. At least three versions of “Spaceship to Mars” are edited. « It’s trad dad ». Gene gives a frantic performance of ”Spaceship to Mars” (a song he never liked) with the Sounds Incorporated. He also recorded a slightly different version, perhaps to release it as a single later on Even if Gene made an outstanding appearance, (dressed in white leather) Capitol decided not to release immediatly this single, promoting “Lucky Star” instead. “Spaceship to Mars” video: https://youtu.be/mmut2I361qY
December 1961 : Gene is back to the USA for Christmas and he is to star in a Texas TV show about country music and blues from the Deep South. He also intends to take control of his career in the USA. But in fact he will rest for four months in Niles, California.