Vincent Eugene Craddock February 11, — October 12,known as Gene Vincentwas an American musician who pioneered the styles of rock and roll and rockabilly. His musical influences included countryrhythm and blues and gospel music. His favourite composition was Beethoven's Egmont overture. He showed his first real interest in music while his family lived in Munden Point now Virginia Beachin Princess Anne CountyVirginia, near the North Carolina line, where they ran a country store.
He received his first guitar at the age of twelve as a gift from a friend. Vincent's father volunteered to serve in the U. Vincent's mother maintained the general store in Munden Point. His parents moved the family to Norfolk, the home of a large naval base, and opened a general store and sailors' tailoring shop. Vincent dropped out of school inat the age of seventeen, and enlisted in the United States Navy. As he was under the age of enlistment, his parents signed the forms allowing him to enter the Navy.
He never saw combat but completed a Korean War deployment. In Julywhile he was in Norfolk, his left leg was shattered in a motorcycle crash. He Israel Vibration - Cool And Calm to allow the leg to be amputated, and Gene Vincent - Be Bop A Lula 69 leg was saved, but the injury left him with a limp and pain.
He wore a Gene Vincent - Be Bop A Lula 69 sheath around the leg  for the rest of his life. Most accounts relate the accident as the fault of a drunk driver who struck him, but some claim Craddock had been riding drunk. Years later in some of his music biographies, there is no mention of an accident, but it was claimed that his injury was due to a wound incurred in combat in Korea.
Craddock became involved in the local music scene in Norfolk. He changed his name to Gene Vincent and formed a rockabilly band, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps a term used in reference to enlisted sailors in the U. Vincent and His Blue Caps soon gained a reputation playing in various country bars in Norfolk.
Prior to the release of the single, Lowery pressed promotional copies of "Be-Bop-A-Lula" and sent them to radio stations throughout the country.
The song was picked up and played by other U. After "Be-Bop-A-Lula" became a hit, Vincent and His Blue Caps were unable to follow it up with the same level of commercial success, although they released critically acclaimed songs like "Race with the Devil" number 96 on the Billboard chart and number 50 on the Cashbox chart and " Bluejean Bop " number 49 on the Billboard chart and another million-selling disc.
Cliff Gallup left the band inand Russell Williford joined as the new guitarist for the Blue Caps. Williford played and toured Canada with Vincent in late but left the group in early Gallup came back to do the next album and then left again. Williford came back and exited again before Johnny Meeks joined the band.
Vincent was awarded gold records for two million sales of "Be-Bop-A-Lula",  and 1. It was Vincent's last American hit single. Town Hall Party drew in excess of 2, paid admissions each Friday and Saturday, with room for 1, dancers. A dispute with the US tax authorities and the American Musicians' Union over payments to his band and his having sold the band's equipment to pay a tax bill led Vincent to leave the United States for Europe.
He wore black leather, gloves, and a medallion, and stood in a hunched posture. On April 16,while on tour in the UK, Vincent, Eddie Cochran and the songwriter Sharon Sheeley were involved in a high-speed traffic accident in a private-hire taxi in ChippenhamWiltshire.
Vincent broke his ribs and collarbone and further damaged his weakened leg. Cochran, who had been thrown from the vehicle, suffered serious brain injuries and died the next day. Vincent returned to the United States after the accident. After the Gene Vincent - Be Bop A Lula 69 success of the tour, Vincent moved to Britain in His accompanying band, Gene Vincent - Be Bop A Lula 69 Incorporateda six-piece outfit with three saxophones, guitar, bass and drums, went on to play with the Beatles at their Shea Stadium concert.
Vincent toured the UK again in with the Outlawsfeaturing future Deep Purple guitar player Ritchie Blackmoreas a backing band. Vincent's alcohol problems marred the tour, resulting in problems both on stage and with the band and management.
Gene Vincent - Be Bop A Lula 69 attempts to re-establish his American career in folk rock and country rock proved unsuccessful; he is remembered today for recordings of the s and early s released by Capitol Records. Although well received, none sold well.
In in a hotel in 夢見るマイ･ボーイ - 榊原郁恵* - 5years 〜デビュー5周年記念〜, Vincent tried to shoot Gary Glitter. He fired several shots but missed and a frightened Glitter left the country the next day. He later recorded four tracks released years later as The Last Session in Britain in October as part of his last tour. Vincent then returned to the US and died a few days later. The four tracks are now on Vincent's album White Lightning.
Vincent died at the age of 36 on October 12,from a ruptured stomach ulcerwhile visiting his father in Saugus, California La Isla Bonita - Various - Couleur Café Ole - Like A Virgin. Ian Dury paid tribute to him in the song " Sweet Gene Vincent ".
Vincent was the first inductee into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame upon its formation in Inhis band, the Blue Caps, were retroactively inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by a special committee, alongside Vincent. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American musician. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Virgin Books. Pop Chronicles.
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