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


The Blue Caps

Employment History

  • Guitarist
    Gene Vincent
  • Tune Toppers
  • Guitarist

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Gene Vincent, 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.
Johnny Meeks - Blue Caps' guitarist
Johnny Meeks, Former Gene ... [cached]
Johnny Meeks, Former Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps Guitarist, Dead at 78
Johnny Meeks, Former Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps Guitarist, Dead at 78
Guitarist Johnny Meeks, a former member of Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps, died Thursday, July 30, in Arkansas. He was 78.
Meeks, a longtime member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Blue Caps in 2012.
After a quick audition, Meeks joined the Blue Caps, making the transition from country picker to rocker.
Meeks began recording with the band in June 1957 and stayed with them for more than 18 months, through 1958's Record Date album. He was the guitarist who was with Vincent the longest, even appearing in the 1958 film Hot Rod Gang with the band.
According to Britt Hagarty's The Day the World Turned Blue: A Biography of Gene Vincent, when Meeks first joined the Blue Caps, Vincent played his records for the new guitarist.
Meeks said, "I don't know if I can play that way.
Ergo, Meeks was given a free hand to develop his own Blue Caps style.
Meeks' playing was clean and more "traditional" than Gallup's; his sound was also more stripped down and devoid of Gallup's legendary delay.
While Gallup favored a Gretsch Duo Jet, Meeks played a maple-neck Fender Strat during his Blue Caps days.
When the Blue Caps broke up in late 1958, Meeks joined the Tune Toppers, followed by the Champs. He went on to perform with Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley and former Monkee Michael Nesmith, even appearing on Nesmith's Tantamount to Treason album (1972).
Meeks was born April 16, 1937, in Gaffney, South Carolina. A memorial service will take place August 7 at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
For more about Meeks and his contributions to rock and country music (not to mention his early three-neck guitar), visit his page at
Bottom video: Meeks performs "Dance to the Bop" in 1991.
Johnny Meeks
Johnny Meeks, Former Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps Guitarist, Dead at 78
Gene Vincent | Another Out Of Copyright Budget CD, 6 Mar 2010 [cached]
( NB Left hand cover photograph shows Gene Vincent guitarist Johnny Meeks not Cliff Gallup.
The tracks Lotta Lovin' & Dance To The Bop feature Johnny Meeks on guitar not Cliff Gallup.)
"That's News to Me!" [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.
Cliff Gallop left the band and ..., 25 May 2011 [cached]
Cliff Gallop left the band and Johnny Meeks was ushered in as new guitarist for The Blue Caps in 1957.
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