"He ran into Gene Vincent at Penn Station the following morning as they were leaving the city. One of the boys pointed the new rock 'n' roll star out to him, and Elvis walked over and introduced himself, congratulating him sincerely on the success of "Be Bop A Lula". To his surprise Vincent immediately started to apologize.'"The first thing he said was, "I wasn't trying to copy you. I wasn't trying to sound like you.' Just right off the bat, without being asked. I told him,'Oh, I know that. It's just your natural style.'" And then the two twenty-one-year-olds compared notes on success."<quoted text>
It depends on how the older artist progresses into old age, I guess. The Who did an impressive performance for Hurricane Sandy. Chuck Berry can barely stand up to play his guitar these days but he is ninety. That is expected but at least, Chuck is not ruining his recorded legacy by putting out uninspired new albums. I'll check out the film, "Cadillac Records" if I happen to find it on DVD. The roots of Rock and R&B is still quite an exciting period . The music sounds alive. It is definitely great because the best of it, never really ages. It is bare bones inspiration and pure energy captured on the recordings, which makes these performances special. Most new music lacks a certain emotional connection between the artist and the listener. I just love listening to great Rock N Roll that has not been overplayed to death. Gene Vincent was pretty good and I would have thought he'd have a string of hits besides just the top ten classic, "Be Bop A Lula"
It is weird how fate is sometimes.
- Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, Peter Guralnick, 1994