Mean Gene Rocks the Web!
Houston blues/rock guitarslinger Mean Gene Kelton has made music history recently, when his self-released CD Most Requested charted all fifteen songs in the top 20. All songs charted in their respective categories on the Mp3.coms Top 40 internet music charts, at www.mp3.com.
Prompted by public demand for copies of his original music, Mean Gene Kelton released a CD in 2000 of 15 of his most-requested songs. Songs from Most Requested became just that - on broadcast and internet radio stations around the world.
The CD reached #1 in sales at Cactus Music, an independent retail outlet that specializes in Texas music. As the popularity of the CD increased and sales took off, tracks found their way onto the internet and Mp3. Within weeks, dozens of internet radio stations began playing cuts from Most Requested. Keltons' web site and mp3 site started getting 1000s of hits per day, and eventually drove his songs to the top internet music chart positions.
"Mp3 and other internet music sites have made it possible for musicans like me to rise up out of the mediocrity of the bar scene, and find world-wide acceptance in cyberspace," says Kelton.
Mp3.coms music charts reflect positioning of music ranked by the number of unique hits, or plays, per song per 24 hour period. Fourteen of the fifteen songs made it into the Top 10, in various categories. Keltons ever-popular blues/rocker My Baby Don't Wear No Panties captured the #1 spot EIGHT TIMES on the Mp3 Top 40 blues chart and on the sub-genre blues rock chart. The song Going Back To Memphis reached #1 on the Mp3 Rockabilly chart three times.
On another site, music4free.com, Kelton captured the #1, #2 and #3 spot, with Too White To Play The Blues, My Baby Don't Wear No Panties and Tears On My Guitar, respectively. Kelton held the #1 blues artist spot on that site as well. Overall, Kelton garnered a total of five #1 positions simultaneously on the internet music charts.
For the week ending September 14, 2000, Kelton reached #13 on Billboard Magazines "Hits Of The Web" at www.billboard.com.
Some may consider Kelton a newcomer, according to major music industry standards and internet music charts. However, recent internet success simply mirrors his popularity as an entertainer paying his dues on the Texas music circuit for many years.
Mean Gene Kelton and his band The Die Hards perform their own brand of high-energy Texas blues/rock at over 250 shows per year, with many return appearances at national music festivals, motorcycle rallys, clubs and private functions.
Kelton is quoted as saying: "We are the perfect band for the next big anniversary party of Harley-Davidson in Milwaulkee - we know how to rock!!"