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This profile was last updated on 3/5/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Guitarist

The Blue Caps
 
Background

Employment History

  • Original Member
    The Blue Caps
  • Guitarist
    Gene Vincent
  • Member of Blue Caps
    Gene Vincent
  • Guitarist
29 Total References
Web References
Gene Vincent
history-of-rock.com, 5 Mar 2012 [cached]
In 1992 a British promotor contacted Johnny Meeks in California about a Blue Caps reunion tour. Meeks contacted Clapper Boy Tommy Facenda and for a month in the summer of 1993 the 1958 line-up of Blue Caps played sold out shows in France, England, and Germany.
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Johnny Meeks - Blue Caps' guitarist
"That's News to Me!"
www.rockabillyhall.com [cached]
Sean Benjamin sings "It's Been So Long," a lovesong written by Bobby Lowell himself, and the Rockabilly Hall of FameBlues Band rocks through the instrumental "Redeye," featuring Timmers onguitar, a tune penned by Johnny Meeks, an original member of GeneVincent and The Blue Caps.
Western North Carolina Film Festival, Asheville, North Carolina
www.cometwesterns.com, 15 Oct 2012 [cached]
Johnny Meeks, a former member of Gene Vincent's Blue Caps, will be performing nightly.
Gene Vincent | Another Out Of Copyright Budget CD
www.spentbrothers.com, 6 Mar 2010 [cached]
( NB Left hand cover photograph shows Gene Vincent guitarist Johnny Meeks not Cliff Gallup.
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The tracks Lotta Lovin' & Dance To The Bop feature Johnny Meeks on guitar not Cliff Gallup.)
Gene Vincent | Articles
www.spentbrothers.com [cached]
After some discussion, Red Rhodes, the pedal steel guitarist who had played on sessions by The Ventures, The Byrds and ex-Monkee Michael Nesbith, and was due to play on some country style songs on the sessions, revealed that he performed locally with legendary ex-Blue Cap lead guitarist Johnny Meeks.
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Johnny was duly contacted and came on board.
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Johnny Meeks and Red Rhodes played together on the track.
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Johnny Meeks played lead guitar on these four tracks.
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(1) Adrian was very touched by the recorded dedication to him and John that Gene had inserted into the introduction to (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle.
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This has since been autographed by Johnny Meeks, Paul, Bubba and Dickie Harrell, during their California tour a year or so back.
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In his office, Michael also has an original Fender guitar amp as used by Johnny in the pictures.
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Thus, Johnny Meeks was duly ushered into future legendary guitarist status.
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Surprisingly, although penned by Johnny Meeks, the demo of Hey Mama (later to be re-titled Say Mama and become one of Gene most popular songs), has Texan "Blond Bomber" Ronnie Dawson on guitar ("I was there doing something...Gene just came in and...said 'You want to play with me...I got this little song I want to demo?'...It was just like it sounded, it was a short-sleeve thing"(I)).
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It seems that Johnny was simply not around at the time Gene was hot to cut the track.
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With a 40 day tour of Canada lined up, Johnny Meeks and Bobby Jones decided to return to Greenville NC.
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Gene's luck took an upswing in September, however, when Johnny Meeks called and, refreshed by his vacation from the road life, asked to re-join.
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