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Author:  Ake Roos
E-mail:  rocklove_roos@yahoo.se
Date:  11/17/2011 5:51:09 AM
Subject:  Gene Vincent
Message:  "British iconic rocker Gene Vincent" is wrong. Iconic yes, British no. Gene Vincent hailed from Norfolk, Virginia and hit the big time in 1956 when he wrote and recorded "Be-Bop-A-Lula".

Gene Vincent first went to England in december 1959. His close friend Eddie Cochran later joined the british tour. On their way to the airport for a ten day break in mid-april 1960 their car crashed and Cochran died. Vincent later decided to live in England where he enjoyed hits like "Summertime", "Wild Cat", "My Heart", "Pistol Packin´ Mama", "She She Little Sheila" and "Goin´ Home". In Sweden a new version of "Be-Bop-A-Lula" was a number one hit in 1963, where a re-issue of his 1957 hit "Lotta Lovin´" also was a Top-10 hit.

In the mid-60´s Gene Vincent returned to the States. In 1966-67 he recorded three singles and an album for Challenge Records and in 1969 he cut an great album for Dandelion. In 1970 he recorded a couple of albums for Buddah Records and a 1970 single of Newbury´s "Sunshine" was a Top 20 hit in New York. It truly was a great version.
In 1971 his last album was released including Newbury´s "How I Love Them Old Songs". Sadly, on october, 12th 1971 Gene Vincent died upon returning from a british tour.

 Gene Vincent by Ake Roos  at 11/17/2011 5:51:09 AM