Gene Vincent
Gene Vincent

Gene Vincent

About Gene Vincent

Rockabilly god Gene Vincent only had one major hit -- the epochal "Be-Bop-A-Lula" -- but he nevertheless helped to define the genre, with his hicupping vocals, hard-edged tone, and the backing of his deservedly legendary band the Blue Caps. Many of Vincent's '50s records are rightly revered today as among the greatest of the period. The Virginia-born singer was the archetypal rock & roll bad boy, who walked with a limp after a motorcycle accident and had a predilection for black leather. He survived a subsequent car crash that took the life of peer Eddie Cochran, but died at the age of 36 from a ruptured stomach ulcer in 1971.

  • HOMETOWN
    Norfolk, VA
  • BORN
    February 11, 1935

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