Vernon & The G.I.'s were a Teddy Boy band from the Orpington area of Kent. These recordings are much sought-after. Some appeared as singles on their own label, later to appear with other recordings on the rare Billy Goat label. In 1979, an album was released titled 'GI Bop' (GOAT002).They used to run regular gigs in Orpington, and I often DJ'd at them.
The GIs were fronted by singer Vernon Shaw. Jim Relf played Fender lead guitar and sang backing vocals. Alan Peacock and Tony Casey played Fender rhythm guitar and also sang backing vocals. The drummer was Gary Steel.
"This band was very popular both in England and the Continent, recording an album and six singles. Now I'm not a great lover of uniforms, but dressed in the G. I. ex-army gear I have to admit that we looked good. One of the songs we recorded called 'Ghost Train Boogie' went to the top of the rock'n'roll charts and stayed there for eight weeks - I'm proud to say this was one of my compositions." Pete Gammon
"After working with a few other bands, I became a founder member of Vernon and the GI's. Like Pete says, the uniform certainly had 'pulling power' - in the early days we wore drapes and creepers on stage! I remained with them until 1978, when I went to live and work in New York. By then several records had been released together with the album 'G.I.Bop'." Tony Casey
|Ghost train boogie (Gammon) *||Rockabilly twist (Shaw) *|
|I can count three stars (Shaw) *||Be boppin' baby (Shaw) *|
|Big Al (Shaw) *||Jim Dandy (Chase) Raleigh Music|
|GI Bop (Shaw) *||I'm a Teddy Boy (Shaw) *|
|If you want me c'mon over here and get me (Shaw) *||Burn out (Shaw) *|
|Just us two (Shaw) *||Ain't got a thing (Burgess/Clement) Polygram/Ridgetop|
|I wanna be a ted (Shaw) Copyright Control||Banjo baby (Shaw) Copyright Control|
* = Nervous Publishing.