Sweet's Ballroom, Oakland

Juvey Gomez, left, Bill Mack, Howard Reed, Gene Vincent, Clifton Simmons at Sweet's Ballroom, Oakland, California, May 3, 1958. According to Gomez, the show, in front of a mostly black audience, was an experiment to see if Gene's music would appeal to R&B audiences.

Courtesy Dragon Street Records, Inc.

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