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. Will Smith also covers his song "Just the Two of Us". By the 1960s, Vincent's career had mostly ended in the US, though he maintained an audience in Europe, especially England and France. Club Nouveau's cover of "Lean on Me" earned Withers his third Grammy as a songwriter. Vincent also became one of the first rock stars to star in a film, The Girl Can't Help It. His songs have been covered by many. The group's only other hit was "Lotta Lovin'" (1957). Other popular songs he sings are "Use Me", "Lovely Day", and "Just the Two of Us".

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". He has released albums from 1971 to 1985. He signed at Capitol Records with his backing band The Blue Caps. It included the well-known single "Lean on Me". He started playing in various country bands in Norfolk, Virginia after leaving the Navy with a permanent leg injury. His second album Still Bill also did well on the charts. 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 first success was with the company Sussex Records in 1971 with his debut hit single "Ain't No Sunshine", on the album Just As I Am.

He joined the US Navy at seventeen, and stayed there for nine years, before he moving to Los Angeles in 1967. His father died when Bill was thirteen. Bill Withers, the singer/songwriter, was born on July 4, 1938 in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia.

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