GENE VINCENT - 'Born To Be A Rolling Stone' (Everest Records CBR 1006) April 1967
Every garage fanatic will know Gene's hard rockin' 60s swinger 'Bird Doggin' but several other cuts from his Challenge years are worthy of investigation, including the folk rock jewel 'Born To Be A Rolling Stone'.
By the mid 60s Gene Vincent was in his early 30s, no longer hip and without a record contract. Enter Challenge Records, who signed him up to record some sessions at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, backed by The Champs and other notorious sessionmen including Larry Knetchel and David Gates as an arranger and backing singer.
Sadly all three single releases on Challenge Records sank and a proposed album in America was never released. However, Gene Vincent always had a loyal following in England and France where the album did find a release on London Records.
10 songs from the Challenge sessions were re-issued in 1984 on Everest Records.
GENE VINCENT - Born To Be A Rolling Stone