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Sometimes I like to play 'What If?' You know the game. 'What If' James Dean had kept to the speed limit? 'What If' Elvis had stayed away from Hollywood and become a health food freak? 'What If' Buddy Holly had stayed on the bus?

 
The mind can easily correct the tragedies of the past and imagine an alternative future. My best 'What If' has always involved Gene Vincent.

Here was a man who did just about everything wrong and who would seemingly always select the wrong or the inappropriate option in every situation, yet still managed to create some of the greatest rock 'n' roll recordings of all time.

'What If' Gene had done it all differently? Could he have possibly improved upon the thirty tracks contained here? You tell me.


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.

Excerpt from booklet BCD17134 - Gene Vincent Rocks -  Read more at: https://www.bear-family.com/vincent-gene-gene-vincent-gene-rocks.html

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Gene Vincent: Bluejean Bop! (10inch LP)
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 - no terms and conditions for dealers! 10inch LP (Limited edition - blue vinyl) 10 tracks. Unique 10inch 11000 LP collector's series  Reissue...

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Gene Vincent: Rebel Heart, Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMF093
 

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(Magnum Force) 29 Rarities

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Gene Vincent: Rebel Heart, Vol.6 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMF101
 

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(1999/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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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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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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Gene Vincent: I'm Back And I'm Proud (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSEE415
 

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(1994/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! MM/Bear Family Records - deleted now

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Gene Vincent: Rebel Heart Vol.7 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMF102
 

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(2000/Magnum) 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). last copies

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Gene Vincent: Rebel Heart, Vol.8 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMF108
 

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(2003/MAGNUM) 27 tracks

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Gene Vincent: Hot Rod Gang 7inch EP, 45rpm, Picture Sleeve, Ltd.(150)
Art-Nr.: 45BE6111C
 

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(Be-Sharp) classic Rock'n'Roll EP reproduction - cardboard sleeve - clear wax

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Gene Vincent: Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps (LP, 200g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPDOY605
 

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(2009/Doxy) 12 tracks - HQ 200g Vinyl reproduction of his 1957 Capitol album.  - Rock'n'Roll pioneer and rockabilly king, Gene Vincent, formed his Blue Caps in Norfolk, Virginia with 'Wee' Willie Williams on rhythm guitar, Jack Neal on bass, Dickie Harrell on...

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Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: Lotta Lovin'
Art-Nr.: LPEAG901009
 

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(1990/Eagle) 17 tracks, including interviews, demor recordings and outakes from the Karl Lipscomb collection, who was piano player in Gene Vincent's band during the late 1950s!

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Gene Vincent: Dressed In Black
Art-Nr.: LPMF016
 

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(1982/Magnum Force) 14 tracks

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Gene Vincent: Blue Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps (7inch EP, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45NR076
 

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(1999/Norton) 4 tracks.  - Intense 1958 ballads taken from lost Dallas session tapes -  purple Capitol style label plus two stunning pictures - killer sound - a must have!*****(Bear Family Records)

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Gene Vincent: Grabaciones Ineditas Y Rarezas
Art-Nr.: LPBARSA0021
 

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(Barsa) 13 tracks - Killer 60s Rock'n'roll stuff from the 'God of Rock'n'Roll' which was probably recorded in England plus rare 'live' recordings from the 1950s!

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Gene Vincent: Important Words (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRSR027
 

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(2005/ROCKSTAR) 30 tracks (Hollywood & London sessions) In 1989 'Rockstar' released the vinyl LP 'Important Words' by Gene Vincent, which contained various studio out-takes, including false stars and dialogues. This important CD release contains all the songs...

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Gene Vincent: Into The Seventies...plus (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSEE233
 

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(1988/See For Miles) 21 tracks.

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Gene Vincent: Lonesome Fugitive (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMFM027
 

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(Magnum Force) 12 tracks - Gene Vincent's  1966 'Challenge' recordings, featuring Glen Campbell on guitar on four tracks! Killer underarrated stuff in fantastic quality!

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Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: Capitol Collectors Series
Art-Nr.: CDP794074
 

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(1990/Capitol) 21 tracks, CD rarity! Few copies only! Great compilation through the Blue Caps-years 1956-59 with a fantastic sound quality! Top bonus: The previously unreleased backing track of 'Rocky Road Blues'! Legendary! MM/Bear Family Records

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Gene Vincent & The Shouts: Shakin' Up A Storm (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDOR124
 

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(1997/EMI 100) 14 Tracks - Rarity! - ​Gene Vincent & The Shouts 1964 - Mono - Digipack!

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Gene Vincent: It's No Lie - Everybody's Got A Date...7inch, 45rpm, PS
Art-Nr.: REP22009
 

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Single (7 Inch) on ROLLIN' RECORDS by Gene Vincent - It's No Lie - Everybody's Got A Date...7inch, 45rpm, PS

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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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Gene Vincent: Dressed In Black (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMF016.1
 

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(Magnum Force) 14 tracks - 1965 to 1970 studio tracks and private 'live' recordings from 1971!

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Gene Vincent: Racing, Bopping, Jumping & Rocking (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS578
 

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​(2010/Jasmine) 64 tracks

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Gene Vincent: For Collectors Only (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMFM020
 

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(1984/Magnum Force) 16 tracks - 1971 live reocrdings made in France and live tracks from 1969, done in the London Palladium! Linernotes are made by Steve Aynsley!

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Gene Vincent: Hot Rod Gang 7inch EP, 45rpm, Picture Sleeve, Ltd.(150)
Art-Nr.: 45BE6111B
 

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(Be-Sharp) classic Rock'n'Roll EP reproduction - cardboard sleeve - black wax

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Gene Vincent: At Town Hall Party 1958 & 1959 (180g)
Art-Nr.: SLP5158
 

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LP on SUNDAZED RECORDS by Gene Vincent - At Town Hall Party 1958 & 1959 (180g)

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Gene Vincent: From L.A. To Frisco (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMF1023.1
 

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(1988/Magnum Force) 14 tracks - Rare tracks, incl. Live recordings with the Commander Cody Band and interviews!

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Gene Vincent: Britt Hagarty: The Day The World Turned Blue - A Biography Of Gene Vincent
Art-Nr.: 0022001
 

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(1984/Blandford Press) 262 pages, english, 23x15,5cm, many rare pictures, paperback. A very good detailed biography with record listing. New stock copies from old warehouse stock. Slighty color variations on book side and minimal storage wear on cover/backside...

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Gene Vincent: Shakin' Up A Storm (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3930159
 

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CD on MAGIC RECORDS by Gene Vincent - Shakin' Up A Storm (CD)

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Gene Vincent: 500 Miles (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD55844
 

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(1998/BMG UK) 21 Tracks - Original Buddah recordings, 1970-1971!

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Gene Vincent: Rebel Heart Vol.4 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMF097
 

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(1997/Magnum Force) 21 Tracks - Rarities, specials and Gene Vincent related material! Great compilation!

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Gene Vincent: Blue Jean Bop - & The Blue Caps (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2712
 

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CD on COLLECTABLE RECORDS by Gene Vincent - Blue Jean Bop - & The Blue Caps (CD)

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Gene Vincent: Sounds Like Gene Vincent (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD521376
 

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CD on MUSIDISC RECORDS by Gene Vincent - Sounds Like Gene Vincent (CD)

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Gene Vincent: Sounds Like - Crazy Times (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2720
 

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CD on COLLECTABLE RECORDS by Gene Vincent - Sounds Like - Crazy Times (CD)

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Gene Vincent: Ain't That Too Much! - The Complete Challenge Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHC12004
 

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​(1994/Hollowbody-Sundazed) 18 Tracks - From the original master tapes! Rare CD now!

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Gene Vincent: Préférences - Gene Vincent (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD2526792
 

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​(1991/EMI France) 16 Tracks

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Gene Vincent: Boppin' & Shakin' In Italy (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45ET15059
 

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(El Toro) 2-track single, blue vinyl with picture sleeve! Live on RAI Uno TV, Rome, Italy, 1960!  MM/Bear Family Records

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Gene Vincent: Important Words
Art-Nr.: LPRSR1020
 

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(1989/Rockstar) 17 tracks recorded between 1958 and 1961. All previously unreleased alternate versions, incl. false starts and studio dialogues!

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Gene Vincent: Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps - Bluejean Bop (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5406852
 

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(2002/EMI Capitol) 18 Tracks, incl. 6 bonus tracks!

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Gene Vincent: A Gene Vincent Record Date
Art-Nr.: T1059
 

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(2003/CAPITOL/NORTON) 10 tracks (September 1958)

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Gene Vincent: Gene Vincent Rocks And The Blue Caps Roll (LP)
Art-Nr.: T970
 

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(2003/CAPITOL/NORTON) 12 tracks (March 1958)

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Gene Vincent: Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps (LP)
Art-Nr.: T811
 

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(2003/CAPITOL/NORTON) 12 tracks (March 1957)

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Gene Vincent: I'm Back And I'm Proud
Art-Nr.: CD3930980
 

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(2014/Magic) 15 tracks, the original Dandelion LP from 1969 plus three bonus tracks from 1971!

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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 'n' roller of them all -...

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Gene Vincent: A Gene Vincent Record Date (1958)...plus 180g Vinyl Limited Edition
Art-Nr.: LP772010
 

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(2015/Wax Time) 14 tracks includes free MP3 album download.

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Gene Vincent: Bluejean Bop (LP)
Art-Nr.: T764
 

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(2003/CAPITOL/NORTON) 12 tracks (August 1956) limited re-issues with original labels and covers

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Gene Vincent: Crazy Times (Stereo) 180g Vinyl
Art-Nr.: T1801342
 

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Gene Vincent: At Town Hall Party DVD (0)
Art-Nr.: BVD20003
 

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(DVD with 12-page booklet, DVD-pak, 18 tracks, playing time: 47:42) --  'Town Hall Party' was among the first of the country music shows to be seen on U.S. television, making its debut in early 1952 and running until early 1961. Staged every Saturday in a...

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Gene Vincent: Rockabilly Rebel
Art-Nr.: CD192019
 

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(2005/ALLEGRO) 10 tracks

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