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Gina and the rockin’ rebels

Alligator Records

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Alligator Records (not to be confused with the blues label of the same name) was a British rockabilly label based in North London, active between 1978 and 1980. With only four singles and one lp, it’s the perfect example of quality over quantity.
The Kool Kats who backed Johnny Key and Gentleman Jim, were Nigel Owen (guitar), Pete Pritchard (bass), and Terry Earl (drums) from Flying Saucers.
The songs were recorded at BTW Recording Studios in Wood Green, North London.

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Gina and the Rockin’ Rebels

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ALL 102 – 1978
Rockin’ on down the line / Thinkin’ on you

Gina and the Rockin’ Rebels were Gina Wall (vocals) Johnny Wall (rhythm guitar) Paul James (lead guitar), Lol Lewis (bass) and Billy Sloane (drums). They recorded their debut single in 1978 for Alligator Records a British rockabilly label based in North London, active between 1978 and 1980. The songs were recorded at BTW Recording Studios in Wood Green, North London.
Gina Wall had a really great voice made for Rockabilly and the band provided the perfect backing. Penned by Gina and bassist Lol Lewis, Rockin’ on Down the Line sounds like a mix between “That’s All Right” and Buddy Holly’s song of almost the same name.
Thinkin’ of You is equally good, mostly acoustic with just a little electricity on the guitar.
They later evolved into Gina and the Strollers, and continue til this day, minus Gina, as the Strollers.

Gina and the Rockin' Rebels

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Home Grown Rockabilly - Nervous
Home Grown Rockabilly – Nervous

Alligator / Nervous
Crazy love – The Meteors / London is my hillbilly home – Johnny Key And The Kool Kats /Rockin’ this joint tonite – The Rhythm Cats /Hi ho fiddle dee dee – Gentleman Jim Mealey /I’m on my way – The Rhythm Cats /Tears fallin’ down like rain – Johnny Key And The Kool Cats /Go away – The Meteors /Move over baby – The Rhythm Cats /Rockin’ all nite – The Polecats /Little confused – Gentleman Jim Mealey /My baby loves me – The Meteors /My baby’s gone – The Rhythm Cats /Second hand information – Gentleman Jim Mealey /Fallin’ for you – Johnny Key And The Kool Kats /I’d find you – Gentleman Jim Mealey /Keep my big wheels turnin’ – Johnny Key And The Kool Kats / Make you realise – Johnny Key And The Kool Kats /Rockin’ on down the line – Gina And The Rockin’ Rebels /Thinkin’ on you – Gina And The Rockin’ Rebels

This compilation first issued on Alligator records in 1980 captures the British rockabilly scene at a key moment of its evolution. It was produced by Terry Earl, Pete Pritchard and Niggsy Owens, respectively drummer, bassist and guitarist of Flying Saucers. They were also the “house band” of the label appearing under the moniker of the Kool Kats on some sides.
The Meteors tracks are three Fenech originals that he sings too. It’s first class Rockabilly with a touch of skiffle on “My Baby Loves Me (Yes She Does)“. We’re far from the sound that ‘d be latter found on “In Heaven”. Actually these three songs were recorded during the transition between Raw Deal (who featured Terry Earl and Pat Panioty who later went on to form the Deltas) and the Meteors. By the time this compilation was released their sound had changed.
Another band who had a lasting influence on the Rockabilly scene was the Polecats. They only recorded one song for this album as they wanted to keep their material for a major record deal.
Before joining the Polecats, Neil Rooney played with the Rhythm Cats along with Peter Davenport and Anders Janes who later formed the Stargazers another rockin’ band to get a deal with a major. The recorded four songs of rural hillbilly bop mixed with rockabilly and early Bill Haley. “Move Over baby” was later reworked by the Stargazers and is/was available on “Rock that Boogie” on Vinyl Japan.
Gentleman Jim (Mealey) played solid rockabilly in the Sun/Meteor style while Johnny Key leaned more toward the hillbilly side of things with mandolin, banjo, fiddle and dobro.
The cd and mp3 version contain the other singles released by the label. Gina and the Strollers released two hot rockabilly numbers. “i’d Find You” is a solid western swing with sax and fiddle by Gentleman Jim while Johnny Key produced “Make You Realise” in the style of Johnny Cash and “Hillbilly Music” covered by Kitty Daisy and Lewis nearly 30 years later on their debut album.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

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