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Gene Summers

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Gene Summers (born 1939 in Dallas, Texas) is a rock/rockabilly singer and entertainer. Some of his classic recordings include “School of Rock ‘n Roll”, “Straight Skirt”, “Nervous”, “Gotta Lotta That”, and “Twixteen”. Summers was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 1997 and The Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall of Fame in 2005. He still performs worldwide and celebrated his 50th anniversary as a recording artist in 2008 with the release of Reminisce Cafe.

Summers graduated from Duncanville High School in 1957 and attended Arlington State College, now known as the University of Texas at Arlington. That same year, he formed the rockabilly band The Rebels and performed on Joe Bill’s Country Picnic on KRLD, where they were spotted by songwriter Jed Tarver. This led to the band being signed by newly-found Jan Records. Their first record was released on February 1, 1958, under the name of Gene Summers & His Rebels.

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Rock ‘n Roll Volume 2. 1973, Holland
The Southern Cat Rocks On 1975, Switzerland
Mister Rock and Roll 1977, Switzerland
Rock a Boogie Shake 1980, Sweden
Early Rocking Recordings 1981, Holland
Texas Rock and Roll 1981, France
Gene Summers In Nashville 1981, France
Dance Dance Dance 1981, UK
Rock ‘n Roll Tour - “Live” In Scandinavia 1983, Sweden
School Of Rock ‘n Roll (album) 1993, Holland
Sounds Like Elvis CD 1996 (compilation), USA
The Ultimate School of Rock & Roll 1997, USA
Rockaboogie Shake 1999, UK

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  • GodofDeathMetal

    Incredible early rock musician! It is incredible that he's also still alive. Not too many rock 'n' roll pioneers left today.

    6 Apr 4:17pm Reply
  • L57NT

    Needs to pay much more attention. Great rockabilly stuff.

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • GMenRVA

    I just discovered your music, Gene. Great stuff!

    28 Jun 2009 Reply

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