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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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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 & The Blue Caps: This Is Gene Vincent (10inch Vinyl)
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 collectors series •...

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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 - 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.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)

$11.64 *

Gene Vincent: Be Bop Boogie Boy (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: LPSTEN7
 

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(2001/Stompertime) 14 tracks  - 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 1971. The tapes have been remastered and...

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

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(Magnum Force) 29 Rarities

$11.64 *

Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: The Original (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTO86094
 

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CD on DISKY/NL RECORDS by Gene Vincent - The Original

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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!

$11.64 *

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!

$11.64 *

Gene Vincent: The Gene Vincent Box Set - Complete Capitol & Columbia Recordings 1956-1964 (6-CD)
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

$140.34 *

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

$11.64 *

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

$15.15 *

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

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(2003/MAGNUM) 27 tracks

$11.64 *

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

$29.19 *

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!

$16.97 *

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

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(1982/Magnum Force) 14 tracks

$17.26 *

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: 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!

$18.14 *

Gene Vincent: Temptation Baby - The Complete Columbia Singles (LP, 10inch, Picture Disc)
Art-Nr.: LPSR1026
 

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(Sleazy) 9 tracks After his legendary years on Capitolol Records Gene Vincent found himself breaking the rules in Europe, where in the early sixties he was still acclaimed as one of best rockers and his stage shows where wild and frantic. At the end of 1963 Gene...

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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: Be-Bop-A-Lula (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCD1102
 

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(Classic Rock 'N' Roll) 15 tracks

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

$11.70 *

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!

$16.09 *

Gene Vincent: Legends Of Rock 'N' Roll (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP7981332
 

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(1992/EMI) 18 tracks

$17.49 *

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!

$58.44 *

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

$14.63 *

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: Gene Vincent (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP31014
 

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(All Around Trading) 12 tracks- 'Capitol' recordings from 1956 to 1958

$11.64 *

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!

$23.34 *

Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: The Very Best Of Gene Vincent (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD4746832
 

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(2005/EMI) 40 tracks, 1956-60, 12 page booklet!

$17.49 *

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. Slighty color variations on book side and minimal storage wear on cover/backside (acceptable).

$58.44 *

Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: Bop Street (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSROLL811
 

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(2008/Snapper) 30 Tracks - Original 1950s Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps Capitol recordings!

$11.64 *

Gene Vincent: Be Bop A Lula (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHNC0003
 

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(Hollywood Nites) 16 tracks

$21.00 *

Gene Vincent: White Lightning (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUX042
 

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(2004/HUX) 16 tracks (1970/71) track 1-11 Dandelion LP 'I'm Back And I'm Proud' tracks 12-16 BBC session 1971

$11.64 *

Gene Vincent: Gene Vincent (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDS51041
 

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(Starlite) 17 tracks

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Gene Vincent: Temptation Baby - The Complete Columbia Singles (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: LPSR1025
 

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(Sleazy) 9 tracks After his legendary years on Capitolol Records Gene Vincent found himself breaking the rules in Europe, where in the early sixties he was still acclaimed as one of best rockers and his stage shows where wild and frantic. At the end of 1963 Gene...

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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: The Most Of Gene Vincent (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP814100
 

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​(1994/EMI) 20 tracks

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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 & The Blue Caps: The Capitol Collector's Series (CD)
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

$17.49 *

Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: A Gene Vincent Record Date (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPT1059
 

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(2003/Norton) 10 Tracks - Reissue of the original Capitol album from September 1958!

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

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(Hollowbody-Sundazed) 18 Tracks - From the original master tapes!

$46.74 *

Gene Vincent: The Crazy Beat Of Gene Vincent (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD523015
 

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(1999/Magic) 19 tracks - Original Album plus 8 bonus tracks

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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!

$81.84 *

Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: Songs Of The James Dean Era (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP05482021
 

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(EMI Italy) 14 tracks - Recorded between 1956 and 1961 - Original 'Capitol' recordings - originally sealed copies

$23.34 *

Gene Vincent: Bird Doggin' - The Complete Challenge Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMF109
 

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(2002/MAGNUM) 22 tracks

$18.66 *

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!

$18.14 *

Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPT811
 

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(2003/Norton) 12 Tracks - Reissue of the original Capitol album from March 1957!

$21.00 *

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

$10.47 *

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

$29.19 *

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)

$21.00 *

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.

$23.11 *

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

$21.00 *

   
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