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Gene Vincent


1935

Eugene Vincent Craddock (a.k.a. Gene Vincent) is born in Norfolk, Virginia.

1956

Gene Vincent auditions for ‘Country Showtime,’ a local radio-station talent in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He performs Elvis Presley songs and an original, “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” a tape of which lands him a contract with Capitol Records.

1956

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps record “Be-Bop-A-Lula” in Nashville. It is released as the B-side of the single “Woman Love.”

1956

Gene Vincent’s “Be-Bop-A-Lula” enters the Top Forty, where it will rise to #7. The song peaks at #16 in the U.K.

1957

“Lotta Lovin’” peaks at #13 while Gene Vincent and a changeable cast of Blue Caps crisscross the country on tour.

1958

Gene Vincent’s third and final U.S. hit, “Dance to the Bop,” peaks at #23 after he performs it on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’

1958

‘A Gene Vincent Record Date’ is released. It is his fourth album in two years. The others are ‘Bluejean Bop!’ (September 1956), ‘Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps’ (March 1957) and ‘Gene Vincent Rocks! And the Blue Caps Roll ‘(March 1958).

1960

Eddie Cochran is killed and Gene Vincent is injured when their speeding taxi runs off the road en route to London’s Heathrow Airport.

1960

Two months after the car crash that devastated rock and roll fans, Gene Vincent’s “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” enters the British singles chart. Rising to #16, it becomes his highest-charting U.K. hit.

1970

‘I’m Back and I’m Proud’, Gene Vincent’s comeback album featuring rock and roll remakes and country-flavored tunes, is released on the Dandelion label.

1971

Gene Vincent died of a bleeding ulcer in Los Angeles, CA.

1998

Gene Vincent is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the thirteenth annual induction dinner. John Fogerty is his presenter.

Gene Vincent