The Johnny Winter Story


Gene Terry confirmed that he and Johnny Winter never recorded together.

Terry Gene DeRouen was born on January 7, 1940 in Lafayette, Louisiana. In 1942, his family moved to Port Arthur, Texas. Gene grew up listening to his father and grandfather performing Cajun music. He also attended house and barn dances with his uncle, R. C. DeRouen, a Cajun musician. His uncle taught him how to play guitar and eventually Gene accompanied him on stage. Gene formed his own group, the Kool Kats in the mid-1950's playing country and western songs. Gradually rhythm and blues began to enter the band's repertoire as Gene became influenced by Little Richard, Elvis Presley and local KTRM deejay J. P. "the Big Bopper" Richardson. The band changed its name to the Down Beats and began attracting a loyal following. Word spread to Lake Charles, LA gaining the attention of local club owners and a five year contract with Goldband Records. Gene Terry and the Down Beats recorded several singles for Goldband including classic "Cindy Lou."

Gene Terry and his Kool Kats on Rock-it Recording Company, Port Arthur Texas


Record Company Number Song titles Remarks
Gene Terry and his Kool Kats Rock-it Recording Company, Port Arthur Texas

Rock-it: 45-598-A / Rock-it: 45-598-B The Woman I Love / Tip, Tap, and Tell me It is almost certain that Johnny Winter is playing the guitar and not one of the Hall Brothers . Released in mid-1959 The Songs: "The Woman I love" and "Tip, Tap, and Tell me", by Gene Terry have been rereleased on the compilation CD: "Starday Dixie Rockabilly, Vol. 1"


Gene Terry and his Kool Kats Rock-it Recording Company
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