Gene Vincent

Gene Vincent, real name Eugene Vincent Craddock (February 11, 1935 - October 12, 1971) was an American rockabilly musician, best known for his hit "Be-Bop-A-Lula". He started playing in various country bands in Norfolk, Virginia after leaving the Navy with a permanent leg injury. He signed at Capitol Records with his backing band The Blue Caps.

After "Be-Bop-A-Lula" became a huge hit in 1956, Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps were unable to follow it up with mainstream success in spite of critically acclaimed songs like "Bluejean Bop" and "Race with the Devil". The group's only other hit was "Lotta Lovin'" (1957). Vincent also became one of the first rock stars to star in a film, The Girl Can't Help It. By the 1960s, Vincent's career had mostly ended in the US, though he maintained an audience in Europe, especially England and France.

Gene Vincent is interred in the Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall, California.


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Gene Vincent is interred in the Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall, California. He continued to record and write songs living at home, cared for by his wife, until he had to enter hospital a few weeks before his death. By the 1960s, Vincent's career had mostly ended in the US, though he maintained an audience in Europe, especially England and France. In 1984 he was diagnosed as having multiple sclerosis. Vincent also became one of the first rock stars to star in a film, The Girl Can't Help It. In fact a new CD issue was announced for late January 2005 called Sometime Next Year. The group's only other hit was "Lotta Lovin'" (1957). He arouses strong loyalty in his fans and his records still sell well.

After "Be-Bop-A-Lula" became a huge hit in 1956, Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps were unable to follow it up with mainstream success in spite of critically acclaimed songs like "Bluejean Bop" and "Race with the Devil". It has been said that he would have had more commercial success but he disliked touring and public appearances. He signed at Capitol Records with his backing band The Blue Caps. He was unusual for a pop star as fans who turned up at his home were usually invited in for a talk. He started playing in various country bands in Norfolk, Virginia after leaving the Navy with a permanent leg injury. He was compared to Paul McCartney by reviewers and his songs have strong melodies and concise original lyrics. Gene Vincent, real name Eugene Vincent Craddock (February 11, 1935 - October 12, 1971) was an American rockabilly musician, best known for his hit "Be-Bop-A-Lula". His songs were also recorded by Cliff Richard, Jack Jones, Art Garfunkel, and Judy Collins.

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