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. The highest charting single in the US was the original release of "Only You" at #67. By the 1960s, Vincent's career had mostly ended in the US, though he maintained an audience in Europe, especially England and France. Vince went on to record a single with Paul Quinn, had a brief project with Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey as The Assembly, and then founded the pop group Erasure. Vincent also became one of the first rock stars to star in a film, The Girl Can't Help It. After the band split in 1983, Alison Moyet went on to a successful solo career. The group's only other hit was "Lotta Lovin'" (1957). The You And Me Both album saw greater songwriting input from Moyet, adding a rather more mature and soulful flavour, particularly on the hit single Nobody's Diary.

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". Heavily influenced by earlier bands like Kraftwerk, Yazoo expanded upon the synthpop formula by juxtaposing Moyet's bluesy emotional vocals with Clarke's clinical electronic hooks. Their art pop sound referenced disco but added a more new wave disaffected attitude that disco lacked. He signed at Capitol Records with his backing band The Blue Caps. They recorded two albums entitled Upstairs at Eric's and You and Me Both. He started playing in various country bands in Norfolk, Virginia after leaving the Navy with a permanent leg injury. Their biggest hits included the singles "Only You" (later successfully covered by the socialist acapella group The Flying Pickets), "Don't Go" and "Situation". 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". Mute Records continued to release the output of this new Clarke project.

Clarke surprised many by quitting Depeche Mode just as they were beginning to reap success, claiming that they "just weren't getting on, really", forming Yazoo with the then unknown Moyet. Clarke had been the main song-writer in Depeche Mode, who had at that point recorded one album and three singles for Mute Records, including the hit Just Can't Get Enough. Yazoo consisted of:. 'Yazoo'.

They were formed in 1981, using a moniker that Alison Moyet had seen on the labels of old blues albums.. Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.) were an English electropop duo from Basildon, Essex, who had a number of top ten hits in the British and American charts in the early 1980s. For alternate meanings, see Yazoo (disambiguation).. The below article is about Yazoo the music band.

1999 "Only You" (re-issue) #38. 1990 "Situation" #14. 1983 "Nobody's Diary" #3. 1982 "The Other Side of Love" #13.

1982 "Don't Go" #3. 1982 "Only You" #2. 1999 "Only Yazoo - The Best of Yazoo" #22 UK. 1983 "You and Me Both" #1 UK, #69 US.

1982 "Upstairs at Eric's" #2 UK, #92 US. Vince Clarke - synthesizers. Alison Moyet - singer.

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