Race With The Devil - The Gene Vincent Story

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Another chance to hear Roger Daltrey, frontman of The Who, assessing 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.

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.

Gene Vincent died in 1971 at the age of 36.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2009.

Roger Daltrey assesses the influence of his rock 'n' roll hero Gene Vincent.

20111129 (6M)
20190316 (6M)
Another chance to hear Roger Daltrey, frontman of The Who, assessing 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.

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.

Gene Vincent died in 1971 at the age of 36.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2009.

Roger Daltrey assesses the influence of his rock 'n' roll hero Gene Vincent.

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Roger Daltrey assesses the influence of his rock 'n' roll hero Gene Vincent.
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John Peel narrates the dark and compelling story of one of the greats of rock 'n' roll.
2009021420210411 (R2)Gene Vincent is perhaps one of the first of the archetypal rock 'n' roll singers – his is a tragic story of excessive drink, drugs, women, fast motorbikes, horrific accidents and death at an early age.

He was only 36 when he died in 1971 from a ruptured stomach ulcer and his later years were not hugely successful in terms of his musical career - but those early years have ensured him a place amongst the greats of pop music. Songs like Woman Love, Bluejean Bop, Race with the Devil, Who Slapped John, Catman and of course Be-Bop-a-Lula have become classics and not just for Gene's voice but for the musicianship of his band, the Blue Caps.

This programme, presented by Roger Daltrey, focusses on the late 50s, early 60s period and his influence on the British pop scene then and now. Musician interviewees include Eric Burdon, Ray Davies, Alvin Stardust, Fall frontman Mark E.Smith, Spencer Davis, guitarists Albert Lee and Adam Seymour, Doors drummer John Densmore, classic rocker Jerry Lee Lewis and Blue Caps Tommy Facenda and Dickie Harrell.

Family members to feature are Gene's sister Tina Craddock and his daughter Sherri Vincent. There will also be extracts from Rex Weiner's play, Be Bop a Lula, produced originally by Adam Ant and Lori Depp in various venues along Sunset Strip. The play, set in England in 1960, is about the relationship between Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran on that last tour before Cochran's accidental death. It stars Aaron DuPree as Gene Vincent and Chance Dean as Eddie Cochran.

There will also be an interview with biographer, John Collis, archive from Gene Vincent himself and some newly recorded tribute songs created by Sherri Vincent.

This programme was first broadcast on Radio 2.

Roger Daltrey tells the turbulent story of Gene Vincent, a pioneer of rock'n'roll.

6M0120111129Roger Daltrey assesses the influence of his rock 'n' roll hero Gene Vincent.

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.

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.

Gene Vincent died in 1971 at the age of 36.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2009.

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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.

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.

Gene Vincent died in 1971 at the age of 36.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2009.

Roger Daltrey assesses the influence of his rock 'n' roll hero, Gene Vincent.

Our rock 'n' roll season continues with another chance to hear Roger Daltrey, frontman of The Who, assessing the influence of leather-clad rocker and personal hero, Gene Vincent.

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'.

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'.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2009.

6M02 LAST20111130Roger Daltrey concludes the story of leather-clad rocker and personal hero Gene Vincent.

Roger Daltrey, frontman of The Who, concludes the story 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.

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.

Gene Vincent died in 1971 at the age of 36.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2009.

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.

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.

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.