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Gene Vincent

Induction category: Performer
Presented by: John Fogerty


Inductee: Gene Vincent (vocals, guitar; born February 11, 1935, died October 12,1971) Though he landed his contract with Capitol Records largely because he sounded like Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent quickly established himself as a rockabilly pioneer and the very personification of rock and roll rebellion. Born Vincent Gene Craddock, he grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. He loved country music, and he began playing guitar in his teens. In 1952, after the Korean War broke out, he dropped out of school at the age of 17 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He would entertain his fellow servicemen by playing guitar ...

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