Gene Vincent was probably the most talented rockabilly performer that was never able to successfully crossover to another genre after the rockabilly crazy subsided. Born Eugene Vincent Craddock in Norfolk, Virginia in 1935, he began playing the guitar as an adolescent. He joined the Navy in 1952 and arrived in Korea a few years too late to fight in that country’s divisive war. While home on leave in 1955 he was struck by another vehicle while riding his motorcycle and suffered severe injuries to his left leg. His doctors wanted to amputate the badly injured limb but Vincent refused. For the rest of his short life he wore a leg brace, and suffered from pain which he increasingly treated with alcohol as the years passed.