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. In 2003 Whitesnake regrouped for a 25-year celebration tour. By the 1960s, Vincent's career had mostly ended in the US, though he maintained an audience in Europe, especially England and France. Since then Whitesnake has only released an unplugged Japan show Starkers In Tokyo. Vincent also became one of the first rock stars to star in a film, The Girl Can't Help It. In that year, an album called Restless Heart was released, though not in the United States. The group's only other hit was "Lotta Lovin'" (1957). 1990 saw a Greatest Hits album, but other than that the band was dormant until 1997.

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 band was reformed again for Slip of the Tongue (1989), which featured Steve Vai; the record did not sell well in spite of that. He signed at Capitol Records with his backing band The Blue Caps. The following album, Whitesnake 1987, was another huge success, driven by the power ballad "Is This Love" and the hit single, "Here I Go Again". He started playing in various country bands in Norfolk, Virginia after leaving the Navy with a permanent leg injury. After a major personnel shift, Whitesnake released 1984's Slide It In, a platinum album. 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". During the first years, their music was primarily blues-oriented hard rock. Members of the band include Jon Lord and Ian Paice of Deep Purple as well as Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody.

The band was formed by David Coverdale (of Deep Purple) and was originally popular only in Europe and Japan. Whitesnake was a British heavy metal band, active primarily in the 1980s. Into The Light (2001) (Coverdale Solo). Starkers In Tokyo (1997).

Restless Heart (1997). Coverdale/Page (1993) (Coverdale with Jimmy Page). Slip Of The Tongue (1989). Whitesnake 1987 (1987).

Slide It In (1984). Saints n' Sinners (1983). Come an Get It (1982). Live...In The Heart Of The City (1981).

Ready And Willing (1980). Lovehunter (1979). Trouble (1978). Snakebite (1978).

Northwinds (1977) (Coverdale Solo). David Coverdale's Whitesnake (1976) (Coverdale Solo).

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