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INFORMATION ON GENE VINCENT'S
CHART POSITIONS

Bob Erskine writes - Peter Jamieson, long-time Vincent/Cochran fan hassubmitted a very interesting feature for the GIT IT page relating toinformation he has collated on Gene's singles chart positions in the UK,Australia and Canada.

We will reproduce this below with his comments and hope to extend this article toinclude information you may have relating to chart positions in othercountries.

Please send any further information you have to:
Peter Jamieson
69B Bath Road
Longwell Green
BRISTOL
BS30 9DF


GENE VINCENT UNITED KINGDOM
CHART POSITIONS
Sources:
Guinness Book Of Hit Singles", "NME" Top 30 until 26/2/60
"Record Retailer/Music Week" Top 50 from 10/3/60
SINGLES
Date of EntryTITLEHighest PositionWeeks on the Chart
13/07/56Be-Bop-A-Lula302
24/08/56Be-Bop-A-Lula 163 (Re-Entry)
28/09/56Be-Bop-A-Lula232 (Re-Entry)
12/10/56Race With The Devil281
19/10/56Bluejean Bop 165
08/01/60Wild Cat 213
10/03/60 Wild Cat 393 (Re-Entry)*
10/03/60My Heart 166
19/05/60My Heart 471 (Re-Entry)
16/06/60Pistol Packin' Mama 159
01/06/61She She Little Sheila2210
17/08/61She She Little Sheila 441 (Re-Entry)
31/08/61I'm Going Home 364
POINTS TO NOTE:

a) Be-Bop-A-Lula. This was still available in 1961 and selling in 1961! A friend I both bought copies in 1959.

b) * Wild Cat. Not really a re-entry, the chart was lengthened to a Top 50 that week. Wild Cat was probably just below the Top 30 29/01/60 -03/03/60.

c) 1956-60. Many Gene Vincent records sold very well during this period, notably Baby Blue, Say Mama, Over The Rainbow and Summertime. Had there been a Top 50 then quite probably some or all of these would have featured. Record Mirror had it's own Top 20 prior to adopting Record Retailer/Music Week Top 50 in 1960/61. It published Top 10 charts from various individual record dealers in different parts of the UK. Early in 1960 when Wild Cat was in the national chart, it featured in several Top 10's. It reached No. 4 in one and No. 7 in two others. In April 1959 Over The Rainbow was at No. 10 in a Top 10 from a dealer in St. Helens, Lancashire. Walkin' Home From School/I Got A Baby had a good sale when released in 1958 and became popular again in 1959. It was listed in EMI's list of steady sellers in Sept/Oct 1959 along with The Night Is So Lonely (Gene's current release) and Summertime. The Gene Vincent Fan Club gave copies of Sounds Like Gene Vincent LP to two members for getting Walkin' Home From School played on the radio.

d)1960-1963 Be-Bop-A-Lula, Say Mama and Over The Rainbow were popular essentials on stage - All these were ONLY available in the UK on 45's - not LP or EP - Thus new fans had to buy the 45's if they wanted these numbers!



LONG PLAYING ALBUMS
UNITED KINGDOM
Date of EntryTITLEHighest PositionWeeks on the Chart
June 1960 "CRAZY TIMES"122
(source; "Guinness Book of Hit Albums" - "Record Retailer/Music Week" Top 20).
NOTES: All Gene's previous five Albums were released in the UK and sold well; as Gene gained new fans so his back catalogue sales grew. His first three albums were released with the old style cyan label with silver lettering, when I bought "BLUEJEAN BOP" and "GENE VINCENT AND THE BLUE CAPS" in March 1960 they had the new style black label with a rainbow outer band. The copy of "GENE VINCENT ROCKS AND THE BLUE CAPS ROLL" purchased in June 1959 had the old label but a friend who bought a copy in 1961 got the new style. This shows that all these albums outsold their original pressing. Most of Gene's Albums, even later on, sold well in the UK. "I'M BACK AND I'M PROUD" sold over 5,000 copies on it's initial release.


EXTENDED PLAY ALBUM CHART
UNITED KINGDOM
Date of EntryTITLEHighest PositionWeeks on the Chart
August, 1962 "RACE WITH THE DEVIL" 191
(Source; "Guinness Book of Hit EP's". Chart "Record Retailer/Music Week Top20).
"HOT ROD GANG" EP sold well in the UK over a long period.
Gene sold many EP's in Europe, where EP's were relatively more popular than in the UK or USA, particularly in France. For example the "BIRD DOGGIN" EP an London sold over 25,000 copies in France in a few months and was still available two years later.



AUSTRALIA
CHART POSITIONS
Source: The Book Top 40
SINGLES
Date of EntryEntry
Position
Highest
Position
Weeks on
the Chart
TITLELabel/No.
20/04/5719172Buejean BopCapitol CP-1136
26/10/5717810Lotta Lovin'Capitol CP-1249





CANADA
CHART POSITIONS

No National charts In late 1950's but details
are as follows for regional charts.
Radio CKY (Winnipeg) Southern Manitoba, including Brandon, Top 50
YearHighest PositionTITLE -
19561Be-Bop-A-Lula -
19577Lotta Lovin' -
195728 Dance To The Bop -
Radio CHUM (Toronto) Top 50 weekly
DateHighest PositionWeeks on ChartTITLE
Sept. '57211Lotta Lovin'
Jan. '5866Dance to The Bop
(No charts prior to 1957 so Be-Bop-A-Lula and others not listed.)
EATON'S OF CANADA
Based on sales at this chain of stores.A Top 40 Monthly
DateHighest PositionWeeks on ChartTITLE
Nov. '57261Lotta Lovin'
This is the only chart my informant has - could have been/gone higher, also other discs could have been listed.



CHART POSITIONS: OTHER COUNTRIES
SWEDEN"BE-BOP-A-LULA '62" featured in the National Top 10 in 1962-63, reaching
Number 2. I was also informed that "LOTTA LOVIN" reached Number 2 "On EP".
FINLAND"BE-BOP-A-LULA '62" reached Number 7 in a Finnish Top Ten Chart
reproduced in "BILLBOARD" in October 1963. (Could have been/gonehigher?).
FRANCEThere were Charts in the early 1960's in both "JUKEBOX" Magazine
("Best Sellers Top Ten") and "DISCO REVUE" ("Le Gout des Rockers"- EP
Tracksand Singles, also a "TOP FIFTY" Long Playing Album Chart).
We have reliably been informed that a number of Gene's records
charted, but have no further details.
BELGIUM AND
WEST GERMANY
No Gene Vincent records charted though quite a number were released and sold well.
NETHERLANDSNo chart until 1957; ditto as Belgium/West Germany. Prior to
1957 there was a list of "HIT" records for the year and in 1956
"BE-BOP-A- LULA" was listed.
JAPANA reliable source informed me that Gene had two hits- "BE-BOP-A-LULA"
and "MISTER LONELINESS". Also that "SAY MAMA", which came out
around the record breaking Tour in 1959, sold well.
SOUTH
AFRICA
There was a Chart and "BE-BOP-A-LULA" featured; no other details.




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