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. Marc Moreland died on March 13, 2002. By the 1960s, Vincent's career had mostly ended in the US, though he maintained an audience in Europe, especially England and France. Nanini died on December 4, 2000. Vincent also became one of the first rock stars to star in a film, The Girl Can't Help It. This lineup created the holiday classic "Shouldn't Have Given Him a Gun for Christmas.". The group's only other hit was "Lotta Lovin'" (1957). Bassist Bruce Moreland left, and the remaining four members then recorded their best-known album, Call of the West, which includes "Mexican Radio." Singer Ridgway then also left and was replaced by Andy Prieboy, and drummer Nanini by Ned Leukhardt.

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". After a self-titled EP that included a cover version of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," the band released Dark Continent, an album concerned largely with workplace issues, as being experienced for the first time by the young male. He signed at Capitol Records with his backing band The Blue Caps. Gray (keyboards), and Joe Nanini (percussion). He started playing in various country bands in Norfolk, Virginia after leaving the Navy with a permanent leg injury. The band originally consisted of Stan Ridgway (vocals), Marc Moreland (guitar), Bruce Moreland (bass), Chas T. 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". Wall of Voodoo was a New Wave group from Los Angeles best known for the 1982 hit "Mexican Radio.".

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