Gene Vincent – Race With The Devil

Gene Vincent’s voice and slap back echo go together perfectly. Every rock artist after Gene Vincent has went after that sound.

Cliff Gallup played some great guitar on this recording. He recorded 35 tracks with Vincent including Be-Bop-A-Lula. Gallup was ranked 79th by Rolling Stone magazine’s David Fricke in his list of 100 Greatest Guitarists. He ended up influencing many guitarists including  Eric Clapton, Brian Setzer, and Jeff Beck.

This song was released in 1956 and it peaked at #96 in the Hot 100 and #28 in the UK.

He continued to record and tour and remained popular in Britain, where in 1960 he reinjured his leg in the automobile accident in which fellow rockabilly singer Eddie Cochran was killed. Elvis Presley was influenced by Vincent, and bands such as The Beatles played with Vincent in Hamburg in the early sixties.

…but forget who influenced who and enjoy the song.

Race With The Devil

Well I’ve led an evil life, so they say
But I’ll hide from the devil on judgement day, I said
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line, oh yeah

Well me and the devil, at a stop light
He started rollin’, I was out of sight, I said
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line, oh yeah

Well, goin’ pretty fast, looked behind
A-hear come the the devil doin’ ninety-nine, I said
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line, oh yeah

Well thought I was smart, the race was won
A-hear come the devil doin’ a-hundred and one
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line

Well, goin’ pretty fast, looked behind
A-hear come the the devil doin’ ninety-nine, I said
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line, oh yeah!

Well I’ve led an evil life, so they say
But I’ll hide from the devil on judgement day, I said
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move, hot-rod, move man
Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

36 thoughts on “Gene Vincent – Race With The Devil”

    1. Like I said in the post…it as that great echo on his voice…Springsteen used that with Glory Days…he had a great natural voice and a killer band.

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      1. It’s Ike Turner. Icky Renrut. The recordings are Ho Ho and Prancin. He recorded them in 1954, 2 years before Chuck Berry recorded Roll Over Beethoven. He and Berry competed against each other in Kansas City, I believe so who knows who actually wrote the riff. Turner played completely by ear. He was a fantastic guitarist.

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      2. Thank you Pam…I would have NEVER guessed that! I knew he played guitar but not that good.
        He was fantastic and had a great natural rhythm. Thank you I’ll have to remember this one.

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      3. You’re welcome. The most amazing thing is that he had only been playing 2 years when he made these recordings. He was a great keyboardist, he learned to play piano when he was a teenager–again by ear. He mastered the guitar very easily. Too bad he was such an asshole. He was one of the innovators and creators of rock. He was the first to use the whammy bar to get that wild reverb that Hendrix perfected.

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      4. Oh I was going to say…a great musician but a terrible human being. As great as Tina is/was he was the force at first. I didn’t know he was this good on guitar though.

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    1. I always liked the Stray Cats…and still can’t believe they hit that big in the 80s…against all logic….but I’m happy they did and like you they brought attention to 50s acts.

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      1. Yes she did…I first saw her in a B horror movie I talked my mom into taking me to in 77 or 78 called The Car…I was hooked from then and ever more.

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