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11 May 2012

Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps




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According to Wikipedia, Be-Bop-A-Lula is said to have been written by Gene Vincent and Donald Graves (who wrote the lyrics).

In early 1956, Gene Vincent performed the song on a radio show in Norfolk, Virginia, and recorded a demo version which was passed to Capitol Records, who were looking for a young singer to rival Elvis Presley. Capitol invited Vincent to record the song and it was recorded at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee on May 4, 1956. Cliff Gallup (lead guitar), "Wee" Willie Williams (rhythm guitar), "Jumpin'" Jack Neal (string bass), and Dickie "Be Bop" Harrell (drums) comprised the band, to be named the Blue Caps.

When the song was being recorded, Harrell screamed in the background, he said, because he wanted to be sure his family could hear it was him on the record.

The song was released in June 1956 and immediately sold well, being successful on four American singles charts. In April 1957, Capitol announced that over 2 million copies had been sold to date. [Ref: Wikipedia]

Be-Bop-A-Lula was the first song I had heard by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps when I was a teenager, and it made a real impact on teenagers in my home town in those days.

Clip from the 1956 movie, The Girl Can't Help It

This movie starred Jayne Mansfield and other Rock n Roll artistes such as Little Richard.




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