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Gene, like so many rock ‘n’ roll musicians from the South, grew up listening to a heady mix of country music, gospel and the blues. He fused it into a style of rockabilly that had a harder edge than almost any of his contemporaries. But for his accident, Vincent may never have entertained a career in music, choosing instead to remain in the US Navy. He was more popular in Britain than in America, although even in Britain he ended up undermining his success with some erratic behaviour. "I first heard it sitting in an armchair in our living room. 1957. I was 12. She put it on this Regent Tone record player we had, the type you had to plug into the back of the radio. My mother ran out as soon as it started, worrying about what was going to become of her children. Wayward rock; totally naughty. That whole noise, bursting out of that speaker. When it was over I just couldn't stand up.” – Jeff Beck on hearing Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps
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