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Piper Vincent
Piper talks about her brother Gene Vincent


"There are things about gene...... I will tell you about Gene that know one has ever heard before... mainly because....I just didn't feel like giving info to people who would just  use it for there own glory... and make gene out to be some monster or something... sue van heck wrote a book..... about a book... which was written by someone who read a book... you see  gene's immediate family consisted of Louise Craddock... mama... Hezikieah.. Jackson Craddock...daddy..... Evelyn.... my other sister.... Tina.... Evelyn and Gene were born pretty much close together and another sister and myself were born along time later.......mama... and daddy have passed away. Evelyn has passed away.... my other sister is very ill..... so that leaves me with all this info ... that was gotten first hand .... being there right in the middle of it ... a true account that has never been told.... and someday I will tell it all.... I was there when gene was in the navy.... I was there when gene had the motorcycle accident... I was there when gene wrote be bop a lula..... and I was there when ..... and I was there when..... and I was there when...... to make my point I was there when gene's life unfolded.... and I was there in the ambulance on the way to the hospital  where gene died.... gene's last words have never been known...... because I would never tell before......... any way that answers one of your questions.... about why I want to keep gene's memory alive..... there so many things that happened  behind the scene's that would be a book in themselves.... isn't it funny how so many books have been written about gene ... and to this day... nobody has gotten it right..."

"Gene was not born in the swamps of Virgina.. but Mama was at home in Princess Anne County in Virginia when Gene was born... Gene was much older than I but we still started singing together at a very young age... Mama would tell me that when I was born... Gene would come over to my crib... and put me to sleep by singing Rock and Roll songs to me... every time I would hear his guitar playing and him singing I would always stop crying and listen... even as a baby... "

"gene affected my life by always being there for me.... as I was always there for him..... being that gene and I were the only one's in the music business ....we shared a common ground that the rest of the family... didn't share with him..... gene and  I would tell each other things  that only he and  I could grasp ....you see ... a lot of people think that stars ...or people in the music business.... are just attention seekers at heart.....which may be true ...but there is so much.. more to gene when he was on stage......... when he was on stage... and the crowd roaring ...hanging on his every note and song ... there was a ' certain high'  that came along with that ..... almost a feeling of invincability a feeling that all these  thousands of people ...... have clommed together as one ...mighty friend and confidant .... sharing and partaking .....in every heartbeat .... every pain and sorrow....and emotion that you are delivering to them from your innermost being ...... in song... gene relished that feeling .... which made him even more emotional on stage ....... which his fans recognized  him as a man ...suffering  and agonizing in pain.... and sorrow ... delivering that emotion to them  freely in song and performance.... which in turn made  his fans feel  this 'certain high' as they were watching him perform .... and hearing the very crackeling of his very heart and soul burning in raw sincerity..... they ( his fans ) experienced a swelling within themselves ... of a  almost panic like desperation... to heal or at least relieve the pain somehow........ with yells... and screams ...... jumping up and down.......shouting ...... applause...after applause ...after applause.... trying with desperation to let him know... that they too... can feel his agony and will ...willingly... forever... be some one.. he can always turn to for ... condolance and a helping hand ..... gene would some times do things on stage that would cause him a lot of  pain... he knew he would pay greatly for  it afterwards..... after the crowds were gone ... the lights  were turned off..... the stage ... became empty and black ... a deep ..dark sense of abandonment  would sweep over his entire mind  and the pulsating... ferver of a rush  would sink  into  his soul .... living and breathing for ... the next opportunity to be with  his beloved fans...... to do ... whatever it took to please them... to love them to... satisfy himself ...on the taste of their ever devoted love........"

John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Gene Vincent (Piper's brother)
John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Gene Vincent (Piper's brother)

"gene's most popular sons were of course ... be bop a lula..... also bluejean bop and lotta lovin... people say that Elvis's mother heard be bop a lula on  the radio and thought it was Elvis .... well the truth is ... it was' wear my ring'   that she thought it was elvis singing it and called him to congratulate him on his new hit .... that my dear is an exclusive ..... I met Brenda Lee ...as a child .. as she and gene had a secret  thing going  but was squelshed..... by their inability to get together often enough.. so they broke up.....also Frankie Avalon... John Ashley.... Little Richard... so many I can't recall at the moment....I don't have any released recordings of me .. I am not signed with any label as yet ... I know I need to get into  the recording studio...  but you must understand ... that I have been through much unfaithfulness  from some of the people that have worked for me ...so far ... that is why I am leary of signing  with any one untill I can meet some ... flat out good people ... I know for sure they are out there some where it's just a matter of time"

"YES..... gene loved Scotland..... he had a fascination for Scotland..... especially when he  found out we had Scottish descendant's there... as I said before I don't have any information that I could give to find any family there ...... I wish I could..... gene always said if there was ever a more peaceful and sareen country  he never knew it he said the people there were the best and kindest people in the world....people with a heart....... people that ...not  only knew but lived  loyalty......that was very important to gene... a person that was loyal.... he would say ... loyal friends are hard to find"


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