16. GENE VINCENT - Born To Be A Rolling Stone

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


  1. Yep ! Thanks for that souvenir...
    And check this :

  2. A great yearning folk rocker, whose horns do not quite spoil this gem. A great discovery.

  3. Also covered by the Velvet Illusions the same year.

  4. Had I not been told, I would never in a million years have guessed that this was Gene Vincent... I love it!

  5. I've long wondered if the line about going to England and encountering "a fast talking phony with a big cigar" was directed at Don Arden....


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