GENE VINCENT INDUCTED INTO THEMORE PHOTOS TO
R&R HALL OF FAME
On January 12, 1998, Gene Vincent (Vincent
Eugene Craddock) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Would he really want to be here, though? Nothing came easy to Gene in
his life; this was no exception. The people he was closest to were
turned away by the Hall of Fame - unable to share his induction. The
band members who shared fame with Gene were turned away at the door -
with not even an honorable mention.
Ignored by the nominating
committee for years, Gene was finally nominated to be in the Hall of
Fame, following years of lobbying by loyal fans, fellow artists, and
family members alike. But, as usual, this did not come easy for him.
In his music, Gene paid tribute to fans. If Gene was the
showman, it was because it was what his fans wanted to see. Gene said
to family members, on more than one occasion, that he wouldn't be where
he was if it wasn't for his fans.
And something the Hall of
Fame forgot was to remember his fans. There were a lot of fans that
would have wanted to see Gene receive this honor; they will be able to -
courtesy of VH-1 (thank you to VH-1).
Famed for his hit "Be Bop
a Lula," in 1956, Gene Vincent continued on to become a pioneer to
rockers who followed. Such songs as Lotta Lovin', Woman Love, Blue Jean
Bop, inspire to this day aspiring performers.
At a black tie
event at the Waldorf Astoria, in New York City, attended by such stars
as Richard Gere and Danny DeVito, joining other legends such as Santana,
Mamas & Papas, Fleetwood Mac, and The Eagles, Gene was inducted by John
Fogerty, who approached the mike, and paid tribute by breaking into
'Lula - a cappella.
Commented Fogerty, "I do believe
that this record ('Lula) is probably one of the greatest records ever
made. That voice, man, Gene Vincent! Anyway, the sound of Cliff
Gallop's guitar, the drummer screamin' in the background - I think it's
what we call attitude. And I sure learned that from Be Bop a Lula."
Jonny Lang is a blues
guitarist who toured with Aerosmith last year and is in the new Blues
Jeff Beck paid tribute this
great artist by performing Be Bop a Lula, with Jonny Lang on vocals.
Would Gene Vincent have been impressed by this honor? His sisters
think so. Says his sister Tina, "He would have been happy that he was
finally inducted, but it wouldn't have hurt him if he wasn't. He was
used to being ignored."
Says his sister Evelyn, "We're all very
proud of Gene. This should have happened a long time ago. Of course,
our family always knew that was where he belonged."
sister Donna, "I am so proud to see my big brother receive the
recognition he deserves. Now, if the hall of Fame could just get his
name right, I would be even happier!" (Ed. - The Rock & Roll HOF has
Gene's name down as Vincent Gene Craddock.)
Accepting in Gene's
place was Melody Jean Craddock. Melody didn't have a lot to say;
however, she did say that she and her brother, Gene Jr., were both very
proud - a sentiment echoed by the rest of the family, who were down in
the lobby of the hotel.
All in all, it was a special evening,
a special award for a special person. If you're up there, Uncle Gene,
looking down, I hope that all of the pain is gone, and that you're happy
with this recognition. God bless you.
reporter for the Official Gene
Vincent and Rockabilly Hall of Fame websites.