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Race With The Devil – The Gene Vincent Story (BBC Documentary with Roger Daltrey)

Race With The Devil – The Gene Vincent Story
BBC Documentary
57 min. @ 64 Kbps.

Fascinating BBC Radio 2 documentary, presented by Roger Daltrey.

Roger Daltrey, frontman of The Who, assesses the influence of leather-clad rocker and personal hero, Gene Vincent.
Born in 1935, Vincent Craddock was brought up in a naval community in Virginia and left school early to become a sailor. His naval career came to an end when he was hit by a car, nearly losing a leg, and he threw himself into making music.
With a new name and a manager – local radio DJ “Sheriff Tex” Davis – Vincent began writing songs and almost immediately came up with the classic he’ll always be associated with, ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’.
Follow-up hits of such magnitude were not easy to come by. ‘Race With The Devil’, ‘Bluejean Pop’, ‘Lotta Lovin’ and ‘Woman Love’ did not achieve the same commercial success, but the latter was helped by manager Tex Davis’s manipulation of the press. Namely spreading the rumour that Vincent had been convicted of public obscenity and fined $10,000 by the state of Virginia for his performance of ‘Woman Love’.
Vincent went on tour, performed on television, and starred in a film ‘The Girl Can’t Help It ‘with Jayne Mansfield. He was one of the first rock ‘n’ roll stars to make a career in movies and appeared in three more, but by 1960 his star was on the wane in America.
Tours in Europe gave him a shot in the arm but trouble seemed to find Vincent wherever he went. A car smash near Chippenham killed tour mate Eddie Cochran while Gene broke his ribs, collarbone, and further damaged his weakened leg.
In 1963 he moved to England and it was here that he made his mark on the burgeoning British pop scene. His stage shows and ‘dangerous’ image, assisted by his trademark leather outfit, greatly influenced artists like Lennon and McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, Shane Fenton and Eric Burdon.
He went on to make several country and folk rock albums with artists like Linda Ronstadt, but nothing quite matched the effect of those early recordings.
Gene Vincent died in 1971 at the age of 36.
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