Monday, January 28, 2008

Gene Terry !



Yeeeha !
Gene Terry (Gene DeRouen) was born on January 7, 1940 in Lafayette, Louisiana. In 1942, his family moved to Port Arthur, Texas. Gene grew up listening to his father and grandfather performing Cajun music and he also attended house and barn dances with his uncle, R. C. DeRouen, a Cajun musician !
His uncle taught him how to play guitar and eventually Gene accompanied him on stage. Gene formed his own group, the Kool Kats in the mid-1950's playing country and western songs.
Gradually rhythm and blues began to enter the band's repertoire as Gene became influenced by Little Richard, Elvis Presley and local KTRM deejay J. P. "the Big Bopper" Richardson.
The band changed its name to the Down Beats and began attracting a loyal following. Word spread to Lake Charles, LA gaining the attention of local club owners and a five year contract with Goldband Records.
Gene Terry and the Down Beats recorded several singles for Goldband including classic "Cindy Lou."
Enjoy !

Gene Terry And The Downbeats :
* Cindy Lou *
* No Mail Today *

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent! yeeeha indeed.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

yes!any goldband record is great,thanks!

11:51 PM  
Anonymous tip said...

Dear Rev Frost: I have the Bloody Comeback mixes 3 & 4 & the bloody bloody bloody mix & love them. But, sadly, I missed Bloody comeback mixes 1 & 2. Any chance of reposting them. Also, in looking through the archives, I see some wonderful sides I missed. Do you ever repost some? PS: Glad you are back!!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Thanks !
Yes, I have to make another 'bloody mixes archives' blog one of these days, it won't be long I promise...
Also, we do have some special 'tales from the archives' posts sometimes, just lemme know what d'you wanna hear!
Cheers !

10:21 PM  

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