Gene Thomas ~ the original

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Reply Barry Kilgore
2:39 PM on March 2, 2016 

I was introduced to Gene's music at Huntsville State Park in the early 60s. I fell in love with (teenage crush) on a young beauty named Suzie Redmond to "The Last Song" there. I was so impressed with the song that later when I went into radio, I played "The Last Song" as the last song each day on my radio shows for 40 years. I always told the story of Suzie Redmond, Gene Thomas and the "Last Song". Decades into my radio career I was on the air and Suzie Redmond actually called me. She came to my station in Houston and we had the chance to meet again and talk. Then somehow Gene and I got to meet and become friends. We stayed in touch for the remainder of his time on this planet. He was a special talented person. I still tear up when I play "The Last Song" bk

Reply Gary Thompson
4:32 PM on June 27, 2015 

I met Gene in 7th grade music class at Burbank Junior High School in Houston, Texas. I loved music and we became good friends. He encouraged me to believe in myself. He persuaded me to come to a birthday party where he was going to play guitar and insisted I play my harmonica. He shared his soul with me during a most difficult time in his life. After he moved back to Palestine we still wrote letters for a while. I have his records and I think of him often as I am trying to improve my guitar skills.

Reply thomas m sicola
8:21 PM on May 16, 2015 

i think of gene from time to time,today was one of those days.a great musician singer writter. i for one will miss him.

                                                                                                  mike sicola

Reply werner maertens
7:57 AM on August 28, 2014 
Dear Darlene,Just to tell you that My email changed to. [email protected] Hope all is ok with you. I can't phone,..too sick.Sorry. warm regards,Werner. I miss GT . HOPE to hear from you.. All the best.
Reply delaine cantrell
9:40 PM on April 28, 2014 

Just wanted to say how much I love 'Lay It Down' by the Everly Brothers, my favorite duo.

Reply Danny Sandrik
6:13 PM on February 12, 2014 

Darlene,

What a wonderful old song.  I wrote a special page for Gene after finding this song again and the memories it brought back from the time I spent in Texas back in 1963-64.  I hope you have the opportunity to read my story and Gene's song I loved so much.  You can read my special story about Gene's song that I had missed for nealy half century.  Here is the link if you care to read it.

http://www.all-about-vinylrecords.com/gene-thomas-oldies-music-lyrics.html

Kind regards, Danny Sandrik

Reply Jim Poston
11:12 PM on November 7, 2013 

Gene:

I was in Jr Hiigh in 61 when you did "Sometimes". I was in a garage band in San Antonio in 63-65. We used to play your tune a lot. What a great song.. simple and to the point. Hope your health is good and you're squared away in you spirit with The Lord.

God's Best,

Jim Poston


P.S. I'm still playing at 66. Hope you are too!!!  :)

Reply Darlene
7:30 PM on April 23, 2013 

Would just like to thank so many members for ordering Gene's CD.  It is so much appreciated by me and I know by Gene, also.  I know that you will enjoy listening to it and remembering a great songwriter and singer.   

Thank you,

Darlene Thomas

Reply Diane Scott
9:03 AM on September 5, 2012 

Gene, You will be truly missed. I have several recordings I made from clubs you played in that I will cherish forever. You put so much heart into your music and your songs prove that. Thank you for the memories and the songs you wrote and sang.

Reply Madonna Borromeo
3:45 AM on June 2, 2012 

I was standin at ma kitchen sink and began to sing Sometimes I Cry...and when Iz done I came here to you tube and here ya were...what a blessin...Jesus loves ya n so do I...California stars headed yer way...wink

Reply jreyna47
10:19 PM on May 29, 2012 

its good day to living

Reply jreyna47
10:16 PM on May 29, 2012 

make great soong/i i cant stop love you

Reply Werner Maertens
10:30 AM on May 5, 2012 

Dear Gene, Dear Darlene,
Please Write me a email.....
[email protected]

Please indicate yr Phone N° !! Can't reach you ....

Werner , Your friend,

 

Reply james reyna
4:45 PM on March 18, 2012 

mr.gene thomas

if you let me me /recoring your song /

let me know if i can

call me 210324-9147/james reyna

Reply larry contreras
3:31 PM on February 7, 2012 

Then and now...you're a part of Texas music history

Reply andy martin
5:26 PM on January 2, 2012 

I have recently rediscovered Gene (by accident) and I have loved his music thru the years. I have his new cd, but I would like to find his 60's songs on cd. If anyone could help me located cds of Gene's earlier songs, I would appreciate it very much. Thank you. Andy

Reply susan
2:27 PM on January 2, 2012 

So glad to find this!  I remember Gene well from Bill Hall's office in Nashville in the early 70's.  it was always a pleasure to see him and an absolutely unforgettable treat to hear him sing there!

Reply David Keith Schoppa
9:56 PM on December 5, 2011 

Me love Gene Thomas!!

Reply frank anderson
5:55 PM on October 24, 2011 

Gene Thomas, we have been playing heck out of your songs brother at EARs. Everyone is  loving it. U can call me at  1 314 600 3190.

Frank Anderson owner earsradio.com

 

 

Reply Tom Swearingen
6:25 PM on October 2, 2011 

Over the years we have loss touch both growing up and going on our ways. You were 12 years older than me.  My Aunt Leslie married your dad for a while in Houston. I was that pest of a little cousin from Beaumont. Good to see your web site and to hear "Sometimes" again. I tried to sing it all the time when I was a kid.

Reply Darlene
9:46 PM on August 23, 2011 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEOS ON GENE'S WEB-SITE, IF YOU WISH.  THEY WERE MADE BY DEAR FRIENDS AND ARE WORTH LISTENING TO.   LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK, IF YOU WISH>

Reply Dr. James Miles
3:40 PM on August 18, 2011 

Just wanted to say hello again.....Take care and call me sometime.  Cell: 512-635-5736

Please stay in good health...call me if you need any help.

Your friend,

Doc

Reply pat wolf
8:23 PM on July 17, 2011 

Hi, I have always loved Gene Thomas. I grew up in Houston, and went in the early 60's to a place called Teen Hall, my friend Linda & I went 3 times a week in the summer.  I believe Gene performed there, or maybe I just heard his songs played there.  My favorite was baby's gone.  I would love to know if Gene did play at Teen Hall. Gene's voice has always been one of my favorites.  I know I have baby's gone on a 45.  Thanks for the great music memories!!

Reply Gary Copeland
8:43 AM on July 14, 2011 

Greetings:  I am Canadian, live just North of Toronto and met Gene on the interent.  No we where not "Bonding'"  I write a fairly successful Music Blog www.strathdee.wordpress.com and I did a post on Gene.   Well since then we have exchanged a few emails, we are similar in age and just kinda hit it off.  Yes, even for a Canadian, Sometime is a favourite.  His posting still gets daily hits, so I'm not the only one who enjoys Gene's Music.

Gary Copeland/Aurora Ontario/Canada


Reply Joshua Browne
12:10 PM on June 9, 2011 

I am very happy to see this site for one of America's most heartfelt and sincere songwriters! Gene has always been one of my favorites for his gentle and yet direct evocation of the human heart. It is most difficult to write lyrics that evoke tremendous feeling with utter simplicity. The music and lyrics state the message and stimulate the feeling without noise and distraction. Gene simply lets the message pour over your thoughts and memories for your pleasure and not his. Very few artists let you feel the feeling without their own personal involvement. Gene's lyrics and beautiful melodies approach you like a wise sage who whispers in your ear for your own epihany. I would point you to "Lay it Down" as a pure example of a songwriter "getting out of the way" of your feelings. Gene is a true treasure and wildly misunderstood for blazing his own personal trail in a cluttered and unjust system, such as the record industry. We are the victors of his art that is untainted by the moguls who wish to shape and change you for the masses. For that, Gene will always be remembered and appreciated by those of us who see through the "manufactured art" to a true artist who inspires and comforts. That is the true aim of songwriting and Gene Thomas has and continues to hit the mark.

Best wishes my friend,

Joshua Browne

Reply johnny trevino
5:01 PM on May 26, 2011 

i think the song  some times is the best of all

Reply rey ramirez
12:45 PM on May 24, 2011 

Gene Thomas was one of the most innovative singers and songwriters of our time.  My two favorite Gene Thomas songs are Baby's Gone Away, and Playboy that he sang with a female artist.   I would love to hear Gene Thomas, does he still appear in person?

Thanks  Rey

His voice and songs bring back great memories of my past, Thank You Mr. Thomas.

Reply Darlene
12:37 AM on April 26, 2011 

WELCOME TO THE GENE THOMAS WEB-SITE.  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT OR JUST SAY HELLO!!!!!!!   THANK YOU ALL.

Darlene

Reply Dana Gostick
12:29 PM on March 9, 2011 

Hello to my dear friends!!!!! It has been a while.... Just happened to stumble across this page and I am so happy that I did. You know I still posess the original back room 'Gene & Richard" version of many old hits. I miss you guys and I miss the old music room at the house..... I would love to see you....

Reply Lon Britton
12:51 AM on March 8, 2011 

Love your music Gene and a voice extraordinaire! My friend and former high school classmate Vicki Welch rekindled your music for me.

Lon Britton

 

Reply Howard Thomason
4:04 PM on February 20, 2011 

Hello Gene,

I have always loved"Sometimes"!

Keep up the good music.

To the old times

Howard Thomason

California Rep.

RockabillyHall Of Fame

Reply Johnny Longoria
12:43 PM on February 4, 2011 

Hi Gene. this is Johnny and you may not remember but you did a really decent thing In 1995 when you took time out to speak to my brother Greg one night after I searched all over and called every Gene Thomas listed. I just wanted my brother to be able to talk with you as you were one of his favorite singers when he was growing up and I was his little brother so you were also one of my favorites. It meant the world to him before he left us to be able to share a little time on the phone with you.  Heck I listened to oldies when I was in high school at a time when everyone in the 70's was into hard rock. I was like 5 yrs old when my brother Greg (whom you took time out for that night in 1995), would take me for rides on his motor scooter as I held a transistor radio as we listened to oldies. I had 2 of yur original 45's (Baby's Gone Away, and the other with Sometime and Everynight).  They were lost when I moved. I am glad you have this site and I understand you have a CD. Please let me know if I can purchase one. Thanks again for making my brother's life a little more happy prior to his death. He really cherished the time you took for him that evening. Thank you Gene for being a decent human being.  Johnny Longoria on behalf of Gregory Longoria.  

Reply Jackie
2:23 PM on February 1, 2011 

Hi Darlene,


Looks like you are managing Gene's Blog for him.  Just wondering if you are his wife?  


Gene's name and music is being shared among my friends on Facebook.  This is where I rediscoved his song, "Sometime.".  I do not know him personally myself but some of my friends knew him fairly well.  They knew him before he started recording in 1961. I remember "Sometime"  well and became a big fan after it was recorded in 1961. It brings back wonderful memories!  I live in AZ now but lived between Houston and Freeport most of my life. 


I just wanted to say "Hi" to Gene and let him know how much my friends and I  appreciate hearing his music from the past.  I hope you are well and happy Gene!  God bless you my friend!


Jackie

Reply Ron Beale
10:23 PM on January 12, 2011 

Gene,

I was a sophomore at Spring Branch High School (Class of '64) near Houston when I first heard your song "Sometimes".   Immediately I went to the record store and bought it.   I loved the words, the message, and the feelings that the song and your voice envoked.   But, much to my surprise, when I played the back side, I found "Everynight", and I loved it even more.  Both songs spoke to me and my Sweetheart at the time.  We danced to both and loved with honor as only kids of that time did.  We sang along with you and promised each other we would never part.  Well, sad to say we never married, but to this day I find myself humming or out right singing those songs.

I play guitar, bass and harmonica.  And yes, it never fails, when I find time to play, "Sometimes" and "Everynight' are at the top of my list.  

I recently found my high school Sweetheart.  We listened to your songs once again, and many old feelings have been renewed.

I just want to say thank you for your music.  If you should ever play in the Houston area or near by, I hope I can be there.

You have so many friends and fans out here that love you and your music.

May God Bless You and keep you in his Care for many years to come,

Ron Beale      

Reply Nalmlearp
9:39 AM on January 9, 2011 
nice...
Reply Poker Sem Depósito
3:07 AM on January 4, 2011 
boa noite adorei muito o teu blog, estás a escrever muito bem! até a proxima
Reply Darlene
8:38 PM on December 13, 2010 

Joe Ford,

 

You asked what was on the other side of SOMETIMES.  It was EVERYNIGHT.  Thank you for asking.


Darlene

Reply Carol Meyer
10:20 PM on November 29, 2010 

I've always loved your song "Watching It Go"........I can relate to your beautiful words.  Actually a long time friend turned me on to the song.  His name, Denny Ezba.  He used to sing it to anyone who would put up with him for a few minutes.....haha......He's gone now......but he sure did love the song and also "Farther on Down The Road".......another great one.

So happy I happened upon your facebook page and website.

Carol Meyer

Reply Jim Wolfe
6:29 PM on November 9, 2010 
Gene is still a great artist Keep on keeping on
Reply sarah
12:22 PM on November 7, 2010 
i just did the last post and forgot the most important thing i want to buy this song album and it said i could buy it here but i've clicked on every button and have not seen where to buy it after all these years of searching i'm not letting it get away from me this time by the way where in texas are you from i was raised in carrizo springs,texas