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Gene Vincent

Eugene Vincent Craddock was born on 11th February 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia. Actually the precise order of his forenames has been the subject of some discussion over the years, and when Gene filled out his application for a social security card, he gave his name as Vincent E. Craddock and although 11th February appears on his birth certificate, his mother continually claimed that it should have read 17th, while his sister Evelyn favoured 22nd. That was how it always was with Gene. Nothing was quite the way it seemed and even the simplest things had a habit of ending up in dispute.

He enjoyed an unremarkable childhood and never progressed beyond an eighth grade education, eventually dropping out and enlisting in the navy at nearby Richmond, Virginia on 19th February 1952 at the age of seventeen. After basic training, he was assigned as a deckhand on USS Chuckawan and in time upgraded to become a boiler man. He would fill the long hours on board by singing and strumming his guitar but only for relaxation and never with any thoughts of fame and fortune.

His one passion, other than girls, was for motorcycling. By mid 1955 he had upgraded from his first small bike to a powerful Triumph and had effected a transfer to shore duties where he was working as a despatch rider attached to the naval base in Norfolk.

The episode which changed Gene Craddock's life forever occurred in July 1955 and as usual there are several different versions of the incident. It is however generally accepted that a woman driving a Chrysler jumped a red light and a sickening collision left him with a permanent injury to his left leg which had been almost severed just above the shin.

The doctors favoured amputation and with hindsight this would have been the best option, but he always fought against the ultimate solution and consequently lived the rest of his life in various degrees of pain. For six months he was in and out of Portsmouth Naval Hospital, hobbling around on crutches with his whole leg encased in plaster. This already serious injury was made worse because of his apparent unwillingness to rest the wound and on several occasions the doctors were obliged to re-set the leg because it was not healing satisfactorily.

During the period of his recuperation another event took place which was destined to shape the future of Gene Craddock's life. For two nights on 11th and 12th September 1955, Elvis Presley came to Norfolk and Gene was among the capacity audience at the City Auditorium as teenagers rioted and mobbed him, literally tearing his clothes apart for souvenirs. The audience reaction to Presley must have had a dramatic effect on the youngster, whose own career prospects were no longer looking very promising. From then on, singing rock 'n' roll was all that Gene ever wanted to do with his life.

Presley's appearance in Norfolk, Virginia had been sponsored by a local radio station, WCMS, and when in February 1956 they called for neighbourhood talent to audition for a new show, 'Country Showtime,' Gene overcame his shyness and sang Presley's song Heartbreak Hotel, creating sufficient impact to qualify for the finals which were held at the Carnival Room in Norfolk. This time he performed an unknown song Be-Bop-A-Lula, backed by the Virginians, who were the WCMS house band and included one, Ervin Williams, in their line-up on rhythm guitar. Gene caused such a stir that he and the Virginians quickly became regulars on 'Country Showtime' and even played a few live shows at a local car lot on the weekends.

It was WCMS disc jockey Bill 'Sheriff Tex' Davis who had the foresight to really kick start young Gene Craddock's career. A few months earlier he had made brief contact with Ken Nelson of Capitol Records at the Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville. He rang through to him in California and was greeted with unexpected enthusiasm. RCA had recently purchased Presley's contract from Sun and with their greater financial muscle and superior distribution network were rapidly elevating him to stardom. Capitol did not have any rock 'n' roll singers to compete with RCA and although Ken Nelson had no personal interest in the music, he was astute enough to realise that they needed to climb aboard this latest bandwagon, and quickly.

Sheriff Tex Davis gathered together a group of local musicians which comprised Ervin 'Willie' Williams from the Virginians on rhythm guitar, lead guitarist Cliff Gallup, Jack Neal on double bass, plus fifteen year old school boy, Dickie Harrell on drums and on 9th April, they recorded a demo of Be-Bop-A-Lula which was duly dispatched to Nelson at Capitol. For three weeks they heard nothing, but when he finally called, it was an excited Ken Nelson who invited them to Nashville to make a record.

The whirlwind that became Gene's life had begun and he was totally unprepared for what was about to happen. They arrived in Nashville on 3rd May and holed up at the Andrew Jackson Hotel until the following day, when they would record one of the popular music's greatest records, an anthem of rock 'n' roll. This inexperienced gaggle of musicians who had hardly played together and really had little idea what they were doing, were about to hit the jackpot.

Ken Nelson was having second thoughts about the whole project and fearing that this unpromising looking troupe would be less than competent, had assembled a team of session musicians to accompany Gene. There was however one ace in their pack and that was guitarist, Cliff Gallup. As soon as he started to play, the session musicians were sent home and Nelson pinned all his hopes on the five of them. Cliff Gallup was something special and he would in time be recognised as one of rock music's great guitarists. It was indeed fortunate that he was at Gene's side at this vital time of his life.

Three of the four songs recorded that first day open this new collection of Vincent's greatest work. Race With The Devil was a driving rocker containing some wonderfully original guitar work from Gallup which fitted beautifully around Gene's hiccuppy vocals, while Woman In Love was an even wilder slab of rock 'n' roll, on which he literally panted his way through partially unintelligible lyrics. Ken Nelson had great difficulty in the studio because Gene's soft voice was being overpowered by the guitars and drums, so eventually he was made to sing from another room to obtain the necessary separation...

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A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent (LP, 10inch)
Gene Vincent & Others: A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent... Art-Nr.: LPROLL2030

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(Rollercoaster) 12 Tracks - Includes previously unissued Gene Vincent material, plus some tribute songs by well-known artists...!
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Hey Mama ! - 10'LP
Gene Vincent: Hey Mama ! - 10'LP Art-Nr.: ROLL2021

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Vintage Gene and what a cover ! Ein Schmuckstück für jede Sammlung Tracks 8-11 recorded live at the Big D Jamboree, Dallas,TX
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At Town Hall Party 1958 & 1959 (180g)
Gene Vincent: At Town Hall Party 1958 & 1959 (180g) Art-Nr.: SLP5158

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Following in the footsteps of our ultra-cool Johnny Cash Town Hall Party LPs, we're back with more live-in-the-studio sessions from '58 and '59, featuring Gene Vincent. Taken from Tex Ritter's legendary Town Hall Party television series,...
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A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent (2-CD)
Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent... Art-Nr.: CDROLL3062

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(2016/Rollercoaster) 56 Tracks - Digipack with 44 page booklet!!! Containing detailed track-by-track notes, details and background stories plus many rare and unseen photos and illustrations. The 2-CD is a fantastic package including rare...
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The Lost Dallas Sessions 1957-58 (CD)
Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: The Lost Dallas Sessions 1957-58 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL3031

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(1998/Rollercoaster) 21 Tracks - digipack with 16 page booklet!
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The Outtakes (6-CD Mini Deluxe Box Set)
Gene Vincent: The Outtakes (6-CD Mini Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD16842

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6-CD Mini-box (CD-size) with 75-page booklet, 219 tracks. Playing time approx. 451 mns. The outtake collection for the die-hard Gene Vincent fan. With this collection and Bear Family’s companion Boxset BCD16257, fans can own every single...
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A Gene Vincent Record Date With The Blue Caps (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: A Gene Vincent Record Date With The Blue Caps... Art-Nr.: BAF11019

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BEAR FAMILY Vinyl Club Exclusive - Limited collector's edition, order now from Bear Family's Shop and Mailorder 10inch LP of the 11000 series (limited edition - colored vinyl) Reissue of the rare Japanese 1958 Capitol 10inch LP Plus 2...
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Gene Vincent - Gene Rocks
Gene Vincent: Gene Vincent - Gene Rocks Art-Nr.: BCD17134

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1-CD-Album Digipack with 40-page booklet, 30 tracks, playing time: 69:21. Another outstanding release in Bear Family's 'Rocks' series, this one features thirty of the greatest rock 'n' roll recordings by the most diehard, dedicated rock...
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The Ballads of Gene Vincent
Gene Vincent: The Ballads of Gene Vincent Art-Nr.: BCD16846

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 27-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 72 mns. The first release in our new series 'The Ballads Of' For the first time Gene Vincent finest slow songs on CD 28 ballads from throughout his career,...
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The Road Is Rocky,56-71 (8CD Deluxe Box Set)
Gene Vincent: The Road Is Rocky,56-71 (8CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD16257

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8-CD Box (LP-Format) with 132-page hardcover book, 223 tracks, time 549:05 min. Gene Vincent lived his life for Rock ‘n’ Roll and will always be remembered for Be Bop A Lula , one of the greatest recordings of the 1950s. It made Gene...
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Bluejean Bop! (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
Gene Vincent: Bluejean Bop! (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: BAF11004

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BEAR FAMILY Vinyl Club Exclusive - limited collector's edition, order now from Bear Family's Shop and Mailorder 10inch LP (Limited edition - blue vinyl) 10 tracks. Unique 10inch 11000 LP collector's series Reissue of the rare Australian...
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This Is Gene Vincent (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: This Is Gene Vincent (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: BAF11011

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BEAR FAMILY Vinyl Club Exclusive limited collector's edition, order now from Bear Family's Shop and Mailorder - no terms and conditions for dealers! • 10inch LP (limited edition - colored vinyl) • 12 tracks. Unique 10inch in our 11000...
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We Sure Miss You - Commemorative Album (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.)
Gene Vincent: We Sure Miss You - Commemorative Album (LP,... Art-Nr.: BAF14019

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1 vinyl LP (10") with bonus CD and booklet. 12 tracks (LP), 34 tracks (CD). Total playing time: c. 28 min. (LP), c. 79 min. (CD). Deluxe Edition with 12 page Booklet and a Photo Postcard - Limited Edition Bear Family Records ® releases...
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Gene Vincent Connection (CD)
Various Artists: Gene Vincent Connection (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17620

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1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 36 tracks. Total playing time c. 78 min. To mark the 50th anniversary of Gene Vincent's death, this unique compilation of originals and rare cover versions of classic Gene Vincent tracks will be...
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Sounds Like Gene Vincent (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
Gene Vincent: Sounds Like Gene Vincent (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: BAF11026

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BEAR FAMILY Vinyl Club Exclusive - limited collector's edition, only directly from the Bear Family Shop 10inch LP (limited edition - silver metallic vinyl) 1-LP (10"), 11 tracks. • Re-release of the rare Japanese Capitol 10inch from 1959...
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Rebel Heart, Vol.6 (CD)
Gene Vincent: Rebel Heart, Vol.6 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMF101

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(Magnum Force) 19 Tracks (70:49) - Gene Vincent rarities 1969-1971, featuring The Wild Angels, The Houseshakers, Melody Jean Vincent, Johnny Meeks and Ray Campi! Notes by Steve Aynsley! Including the last interview (BBC Radio 1, 1971)
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Rebel Heart, Vol.2 (CD)
Gene Vincent: Rebel Heart, Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMF093

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(Magnum Force) 29 Rarities
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Rebel Heart, Vol.3 (CD)
Gene Vincent: Rebel Heart, Vol.3 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMF096

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(1996/Magnum Force) 15 Tracks. Gene Vincent rarities incl. Johnny Carroll!
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Rebel Heart, Vol.5 (CD)
Gene Vincent: Rebel Heart, Vol.5 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMF099

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(1998/Magnum Force) 25 Tracks. Rare Gene Vincent radio shows and live recordings 1959-1963!
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The Original (CD)
Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: The Original (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTO86094

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(Disky/EMI) 18 Tracks (42:31) - 'The Original' is the apt title of the CD! Here you can find the original Capitol Masters from 1956-1962! Great compilation of all important recordings and perfect for Gene Vincent explorers. Important...
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I'm Back And I'm Proud (CD)
Gene Vincent: I'm Back And I'm Proud (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSEE415

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(See For Miles) 12 tracks (34:21), reissue of the original 1969 Dandelion album! Comes with a folded booklet telling the label history, incl. original album sleeve notes, extensive liner notes, color and b/w photos!
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The Gene Vincent Box Set - Complete Capitol & Columbia Recordings 1956-1964 (6-CD)
Gene Vincent: The Gene Vincent Box Set - Complete Capitol &... Art-Nr.: CDS794593

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(Capitol) 151 Capitol and Columbia masters plus 29 previously unreleased outtakes on picture CD's. Contains a 48 page booklet of rare photos from the Capitol archive. 14.x13x7 cm cube box - mint stock copiesl
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Be Bop Boogie Boy (LP, 10inch)
Gene Vincent: Be Bop Boogie Boy (LP, 10inch) Art-Nr.: LPSTEN7

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(Stompertime) 14 tracks - last copies deleted now! This is the second 10inch of Gene Vincent to be released by Stomper Time Records. It Features a collection of 14 great rockers from various broadcasts of the 60's annd a live moment from...
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Rebel Heart Vol.7 (CD)
Gene Vincent: Rebel Heart Vol.7 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMF102

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(Magnum Force) 20 tracks (57:00) track 1-6 are alternates in stereo (Challenge), track 8-19 live in Geneva 1967 with 'The Rock'n'Roll Gang', track 20 is by Sherri Ann Vincent (France 1994).
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The Story (plus bonus CD ROM)
Gene Vincent: The Story (plus bonus CD ROM) Art-Nr.: CDEMI61420

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CD on DISKY RECORDS by Gene Vincent - The Story (plus bonus CD ROM)
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