In 1958 Gene wrote a song called "Teen Angel" with his friend, Dan Martin. It was sung by George Manis and released on Eclaire Records. In 1961 another "Teen Angel" came out and was a huge hit.
In 1960 Gene wrote "Foolish One" with Dennis Walton. It was recorded by The Stompers and released while Gene was breaking horses on a farm in South Carolina.
Gene's friend, Mel Walton, and his group, The Five Shillings, went to New York in the 50's and landed a contract with Decca Records. Mel is the lead singer - what a voice!