Gene Vincent

Gene Vincent

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Gene Vincent
Music: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Rock Musician
Born Vincent Eugene Craddock on Feb. 11, 1935 in Norfolk, VA
Died Oct. 12, 1971 of ulcer hemorrhage in Newhall, CA

Gene Vincent was the duck-tailed rock star of the late 1950s.

His sensual, heavy-breathing vocals and black leather stage costumes made him a symbol, second only to Elvis Presley for a time, of the early youth rebellion of the 1950s.

His most successful recording was "Be-Bop-A-Lula," but other records such as "Blue Jean Bop," "Lotta Lovin'," "Woman Love" and "Wear My Ring" all sold more than a million copies.

Vincent's career faded in the 1960s.

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