Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
This week’s Forgotten Oldie was the first record Paul McCartney ever purchased.
Capitol Records gave Gene Vincent a contract because he sounded like Elvis. Vincent loved country music and began playing guitar in his teens.
WCMS in Hampton Roads, Virginia recruited performers for its program Country Showtime, a Grande Ol Opry–style show that was broadcast live from a theater Friday nights. Vincent got a spot on the show by doing covers of Elvis. At the time Capitol Records was looking for their answer to RCA’s huge hit maker and signed Vincent.
In May 1956, Vincent and his band, the Blue Caps (named after President Eisenhower’s golf cap) went to Nashville for a recording session. While on the train headed there, Vincent and band member Don Graves wrote a rockabilly classic.
In 1960, Vincent was seriously hurt in the same car crash outside London that killed Eddie Cochran. A chauffeur was driving and hit a lamp post at high speed. Vincent suffered severe injuries.
His career started to fade as rockabilly gave way to other, more polished teen idols. But Vincent still recorded periodically, never regaining the fame of “Be-Bop-a-Lula.”
His later years found him troubled by chronic pain and drinking problems. In October of 1971, he tripped and fell in his parents’ house and ruptured a stomach ulcer. He died at the hospital at the age of 36.
In 1997, Vincent was the first artist inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.