Paul Peek's Tribute Page


Posted November 18, 2004
Many folks may or may not know that Paul's wife, Barbara Ann, died on November 4, 2004. Her memorial service was this past weekend, November 14. I attended the service, which was held in the same chapel as Paul's, bringing a poignancy to all who knew both of them. The service was small and meaningful, with friends given the opportunity to share memories of Barbara and Paul, too. Some spoke of her talents, which were many, and others spoke of her love of animals, as well as her fellow human beings. Those of you who knew Barbara, knew of her kindness and especially her love for Paul and their son, Allen. With Barbara having no one from her side of the family, Paul's sisters very lovingly and beautifully stepped in to create this chance for all of us to say goodbye and offer tribute to Barbara's life. There were tears, but there was laughter, too, as anecdotes were heard. Barbara's pictures were displayed, both those of her as a young woman and others from later in her life, as she aged gracefully, with one photo of the fun-loving couple dressed for Halloween as Raggedy Ann and Andy. Barbara was the creator of those authentic-looking costumes. The finest moments of the service occurred when Paul's sweet voice rang out from the sound system in the chapel, his sisters having selected four of his home recordings to be played in tribute. There was an intimacy present during these songs that made me feel as though Paul was right there, singing to all of those present. Barbara was a sweet and beautiful person, and I will never forget her, either. Harriett Hurt, Columbia, SC - harrietth@gwm.sc.edu



Posted November, 2004
Barbara (Mrs. Paul) Peek R.I.P.
           Barbara Peek died Thursday morning, November 4, 2004. Her husband Paul Peek (who passed away April, 2001) was one of Gene Vincent's Blue Caps band members and then went on to have a successful music career of his own. One of Paul's biggest fans was Jeff Beck.
           Barbara had trouble swallowing food and was taken to the hospital because she couldn't breathe. Complications set in and doctors they recommended that she be taken off life support. She left a living will which said she did not want to be artificially kept alive. She wanted to be cremated, so this was done. Barbara was 65 years old.



Posted August 9, 2001
The 1st Annual Paul Peek Award will be presented to the "Blue Caps" at the 27th Annual Atlanta Society of Entertainers Awards, at the Radisson Hotel (LaVista Road, Tucker, GA) at 2:00pm, Aug. 19th 2001. The award will be presented by the legendary Fiddlin' John Carson's grandson ... Johnny Carson, who is co-president of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. Also presenting will be co-president ... Phyllis Cole ... who along with Johnny Carson are co-directors of the Atlanta Society of Entertainers. For more information call: (404) 292-7340. Atlanta Society of Entertainers, e-mail: puresilk2@hotmail.com


Posted July 17, 2001



Paul performs with Gene Vincent


Posted March 27, 2001

Paul is not sure ... either Gene Vincent or James Burton took this photo.



Posted Dec. 2, 2000

PAUL PEEK, Bill Mack and Earl Baughman. The poses of Paul playing the steel were taken at Country Earl's Restaurant & Night Club and the others were snapped at his sister's home, Jackie Peace. Paul is doing great. Photos taken Thanksgiving weekend, November, 2000.
Courtesy Bill Mack.




Posted Oct. 29, 1999
PAUL PEEK APPEAL Dear Gene Vincent fan, For those of you who don't know, Paul Peek joined Gene's Blue Caps in 1956 as a rhythm guitarist replacing Willie Williams. He made a short but spectacular appearance in the film "The Girl Can't Help It" playing guitar and chewing gum behind Gene in Be Bop A Lula. He went on to become one of Gene's "clapper boys" [along with Tommy Facenda] in 1957 and appeared in the film "The Hot Rod Gang" with Gene. He left the Blue Caps to pursue a solo career and his first record was "Sweet Skinny Jenny" b/w "The Rock-a-Round" on the NRC label, The other musicians on this record included Ray Stevens, Joe South, Jerry Reed and the fabulous Esquerita.
                 Paul continued working in the music business and although extremely talented never hit the big time [unlike some of his band members]. Any of you who met Paul on the Blue Caps tours of the 80's and 90's know what a genuine person he is. He always made an effort if any fans visited Georgia to at least meet up with them, and often put them up in his home.
                 Now to the point of this letter, some of you will know that Paul couldn't make the recent Blue Caps gig at the Eddie Cochran weekend. This is because he had just come out of hospital he has a serious liver disease. He is still in a bad way, but is slowly getting stronger. As with all these type of letters this is an appeal for money, unfortunately Paul had no health insurance. For those of us lucky enough to live in a country with a health service that is free at source it may come as a bit of a shock that Paul and Barbara Peek are facing a massive bill, and that is with Paul unable to work and Barbara working as a hairdresser.
                 The local musicians in the Atlanta area have had an appeal out for him and we felt that all his friends and fans may like to help. We have opened a special bank account for the appeal and will transfer the money directly to Barbara Peek's account. For those of you that can't afford to send anything I know that Paul really would appreciate a get well card things like that really do pick him up. Send donations to:
Phil Whyte
c/o Rock-A-Round Vintage Clothing
Unit 8 Bristol and West Arcade
Friar Street
Reading, Berkshire,
RG1 1JL [England]
Telephone enquiries: Phil [0] 118-956-0588, 10.30 to 6.00 Mon - Sat.
Please make cheques payable to Paul Peek Fund.
                Paul's address is:
                6276 Cathedral Lane
                 Lithonia, Georgia, 30058 USA
Thanks


Notes from Paul's Fans:

Posted September 27, 1999
It's a strange relationship between a star like Paul and a fan like me. He never heard about me, but I'm very close to him. He was here, singing with Gene, the first time I kissed a girl. He was here the first time I drink a beer. And he is here when I'm down. And here when I'm high. And he still bringing me a lot of hapiness everytime I'm listening a song of him and Gene. I remember when I was young, spending a lot of time miming Paul "chewing" Peek in a front of my mirror with a bagmindton racket as a guitar and my father's cap on my head. Learning the Rock and Roll attitude! The image of Paul Peek in "The girl can't help it" is one of the icons of Rock and Roll. He's the father of the "wild-looking" guitarist like Keith Richards or Johnny Thunder. I hope he will be back soon on stage.
Pierre-Yves




Paul

PAUL PEEK...STILL A BLUE CAP

(Condensed from an article by Roger Nunn) Paul insists he was born on June 23, 1937 and around 14 years old when he started playing Spanish and steel guitar. He recalls that he never really took a serious interest in singing until he'd met up with Gene. But such is fate. In the late summer of 1956, Paul went up to Washington, DC with his buddy Bill Mack (who subsquently became a Blue Cap). It just so happened that Gene came through Washington at the time, playing the Casino Royale. Paul's band (he was in many top country groups in South Carolina around that time) was playing quite near the Casino Royale and Sheriff Tex Davis came over to see them as he liked country music. Sheriff Tex happened in mention in a conversation that Wee Willie Williams, Vincent's rhythm guitarist, was leaving the Blue Caps. Paul needed no encouragement in asking for an audition despite the fact that he'd been playing mainly steel guitar for some years. He openly admits that he was "a bit rusty" on guitar at the time, but with a little help from the legendary Cliff Gallup, Paul managed the audition and win his blue cap. "It all happened so fast - I had to quit my job with the Red Redding band. Shortly afterwards I caught a plane to California and was soon down there making the movie "The Girl Can't Help It." So it was a heck of a break for me." Posted 2/97.




Narvel with Paul Peek and Razzy Bailey at the Golden Fiddle Awards in Atlanta in November 1997.




  • From CREATIVE LOAFING Atlanta, February 2, 1998

    PEEK PERFORMANCE

    Dixie Rockabilly Rumble #3 is Another Knockout
    by
    GREGORY NICOLL

  • The Dixie Rockabilly Rumble 3 nearly erupted with the battle suggested in its title when Highway 13 took the stage in front of a well-lubed crowd. As the sweet aromas of pork BBQ and hair grease mingled in the air, the twangy trio -- including new drummer Tony Montana making his stage debut -- rapidly raised the room temperature with a boppin' little anthem called "Stepside Chevy," causing the local Ford faction to blow their collective gasket. "I thought they were my friends," snarled Ford-fond former fan Texanne as she observed from the front row. The furor simmered down only when Highway 13 swerved into "Mustang Ranch," prompting Texanne to lower her longnecked beer bottle and shout, "And the Mustang was made by whom?"

    Received with much more merriment were the ironically named Knockdown Dragouts. The drummerless North Carolina threesome was led by a slender young fellah named Travis Rayle who looked like Jane West and sang with an angel-sweet made-for-Sun-Records voice that sounded sorta like Jerry Lee, Roy Orbison and Malcolm Yelvington scrambled in a blender, with extra sugar on top. The Dragouts' "Blue Moon Baby" was a standout, its delivery pleasantly subdued despite plenty of slap bass propulsion (courtesy of a standup-player on loan from the Burnley Brothers).

    For comic relief, the Rumble's showstoppers were the Blue Moon Boys, whose singer must have spent the previous week watching Footloose and auditioning for Riverdance. Using his rare moments with both feet on the ground to pass a pocket comb through his two-story pompadour, he even had the scene's Stray Cats-lookalike rockabilly regulars hooting from the sidelines -- and joking that his group must be Haircut 100. As if the frontman's ego wasn't big enough to push the walls out on both sides, the guitarist did his bit too -- hunched over a red Les Paul, he blasted out metalhead meanderings more in tune with Satriani than Scotty Moore.

    The event's unqualified smash, however, was Paul Peek. A native Atlantan who played guitar for Gene Vincent and the Bluecaps during the '50s, Peek took the stage backed by a rag-tag ensemble of local musicians dubbed the Recaps. Armed with a '69 Telecaster Deluxe and wearing (what else?) a blue cap, the grand old man proudly opened the show by leading the band -- and the audience -- in an opening singalong of the late Vincent's classic "Be Bop a Lula." As the mic was passed back and forth between the musicians and the mob of kids crowding the stage, it was tough to tell which bunch was having the bigger time of their lives.

    A frontman in every sense of the word, Peek acted as both singer and orchestra leader, and as the show rattled forward -- through gems like "Lotta Lovin'" and "The Rockaround" (which Peek co-wrote with legendary piano wildman Esquerita) -- the bluecapped conductor compensated for his outfit's lack of proper rehearsal with some impressive scat-singing, keeping them in line with sweeping Arthur Fiedler arm movements. When the Recaps' ramble through Little Richard's "Lucille" took some unexpected turns, one beaming observer whispered to me, "This would be a lot less fun if they knew what they were doing!"

    However, the set quickly became an impromptu tribute both to Gene Vincent (who'd been belatedly inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame the week before) and Carl Perkins (who passed away about the same time). "I was Gene's roommate...and Carl toured with us. Remember him forever," Peek declared, tearing into Perkins' "Matchbox" with his own distinct thumb-picked guitar style. Extra guitarist Billy Rat quickly added, "Ain't neither one of them really dead!"

    No, on this most rockin' of Saturday nights, they were very much alive.

    Copyright 1998 by Eason Publications for Gregory Nicoll; reprinted by permission.





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    PAUL'S CD, 1997, The following information is courtesy of Rod Pyke (RODNEY_PYKE@msn.com) our official UK web site cat. Title: "ROCKIN' THROUGH THE TEENAGE YEARS" - Tracks as follows: THE ROCK-A-ROUND / ROCKIN' PNEUMONIA / PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY / BROTHER-IN-LAW / THROUGH THE TEENAGE YEARS / WAIKIKI BEACH / I'M NOT YOUR FOOL ANYMORE / GEE BUT I MISS THAT GIRL / WATERMELON / SWEET SKINNY JENNY / SHORT SHORTIN' / OLDS-MO-WILLIAMS / WALKIN' THE FLOOR OVER YOU / HURTIN' INSIDE / COMING HOME IN THE MORNING / YOUNG HEARTS / IF / I'M MOVIN' UPTOWN / THE SHADOW KNOWS / A MISS IS AS GOOD AS A MILE / YOU'RE JUST IN LOVE / WHEN YOU HURT ME I CRY / WHERE THERE'S A WILL / I'M A HAPPY MAN / THE RIDDLE OF THE PAPAHOOS / THE GOOD OF LOVE / OLDS-MO-WILLIAMS (LIVE ON AMERICAN BANDSTAND) / BE BOP A LULA / LOTTA LOVIN' / ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN. Released March, 1997. Eagle Records EA-R 90123. Available from Eagle Records, Birkenwig 37, 52080 Aachen, Germany. Fax int: +49 241-9609657.





    Paul works it out in "The Girl Can't Help It."


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