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" Final Resting Place of Gene Vincent"
11th February 1935 - 12th October 1971
Born: Vincent Eugene Craddock. Norfolk, Virginia
Rock n Roll singer whose most famous hit was "Be Bop A Lula". Took up music after suffering a disabling leg injury in a motor cycling accident whilst working in Norfolk Naval Base. Secured a spot on country music station WCMS in 1956, where he recorded the demo of "Be Bop A Lula". Capital records signed him and released the record in 1956 which proved a smash on both sides of the Atlantic. During his tours with his group the "Blue Caps", Gene built up a reputation as the wild man of Rock n Roll. Leaving smashed hotel rooms and smashed dressing rooms in his wake, Gene's antics and drinking soon caught up with him. His declining popularity in the US forced him to quit touring and he headed for England. His appearances on the Jack Good "Six, Five Special" shows in 1960 established Gene as a star in England. Started to tour the UK regularly
from 1960 and despite the injuries he received in the 1960 car crash that killed Eddie Cochran, Gene toured throughout the 60's. By 1970 Gene's popularity had declined and beset by personal troubles, and alcoholism, he headed back to California.
His attempts to revive his career never worked out and he died in 1971 from a heart attack, brought on by his years of self abuse. His singing style and wild ways ensured a cult following, which can still be seen even in the rock stars of today.
Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall, California.
Hit singles:- "Be Bop A Lula" 1956 -
"Bluejean Bop" 1956 - "Lotta Lovin" 1957 - "My
Heart" 1960 -
"Pistol Packin Mamma" 1960