Gene Vincent

American rock musician (1935–1971)

Vincent Eugene Craddock (11 February 193512 October 1971), known professionally as Gene Vincent, was an American musician, singer and songwriter who is considered as one of the pioneers of Rock n Roll.

Gene Vincent (1957)


  • I hope my fans remember my name is Gene Vincent and not Gene Autry.
    • As quoted in Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran: Rock'n'roll Revolutionaries (2004) by by John Collis, p. 181

Interview with Gene Vincent by Mick Farren

Interview with Gene Vincent by Mick Farren, Published by International Times, March 1971
  • No, not really. I’m a singer. Listen, I never meant to make money. I never wanted it. I’m a singer, man. When I put out a record called "Be-Bop-A-Lula", my only thought was to just make a living singing. But all of a sudden, I was getting $1500 a night. And you take a 19-year old boy and put him in those circumstances … I had a Cadillac and all. It was a bad scene. It shouldn’t have happened on that first record.
  • It’s like I say. We used to all sit around … me and Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins and we’d talk about things. If one of us had a hit, we’d say: "That’s fabulous. It’s a damn good song." But now, the people that I meet are so damn big headed … it’s not music any more, it’s business. But now … I’ve met Jim Morrison of the Doors … a fantastic person. Really a nice guy, and he takes me back to the people I knew in the old days. Listen, a star is not a star. We never considered ourselves that. I’m always pushing, man, to get something better. And that’s the same with Jim and fellas like John Sebastian.


  • Well be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
    Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
    Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
    Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
    Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby love
    My baby love, my baby love.
    • "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (1956); though Vincent composed the tune and sang the song, by his accounts, the lyrics to this were written by Donald Graves (the credit for which he sold to Bill "Sheriff Tex" Davis). · Town Hall Party (1958) at YouTube
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