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Gene Vincent — Be Bop A Lula
Album: Capitol Collectore Series
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Released: 1956
Length: 2:33
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Well, be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby love
My baby love, my baby love
Well, she's the girl in the red blue jeans
She's the queen of all the teens
She's the one that I know
She's the one that loves me so
Say be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby love
My baby love, my baby love
Well, she's the one that gots that beat
She's the one with the flyin' feet
She's the one that walks around the store
She's the one that gets more more more
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby love
My baby love, my baby love
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So Be Bop A Lula is the girl's name!
 pburrow328 wrote:
This has to be the start of what we envision as the start of our life in rock and roll. Thanks for playing it.,
 
Guess you haven't heard of Link Wray.
The inception of Rockabilly 4sure!
I was 10 years old and secretly listening to rock & roll on my AM radio at night. Mom & dad didn't approve of that kind of music.
 camatcba wrote:
Another great classic, but just not RP
 
Really?  By what logic have you determined that?
8 down to 7  
This has to be the start of what we envision as the start of our life in rock and roll. Thanks for playing it.,
I just realised this is like appreciating a fine antique. I was -2 when this came out but can appreciate its simple charm at a time before popular music had kicked off. 

Slightly worn round the edges but still useful. 
Man.. this thing has been covered over and over.
Even ol' Frank Farian tried to reboot his Boney-M legacy with it.
Stumbled over this little (somewhat kinky) gem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHr5Xp4werU
Imagine the rating for this song if it had been by Elvis.  Brilliant vocal.
I always thought this was an Elvis Presley song... O_o
Gene Vincent is the King (nsfw):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtthE_v5KDU
Godlike.
 thewiseking wrote:
Little Known Fact: Mods and Rockers often jumped ship
Reporter: Mr Lennon, are you a Mod or a Rocker?
John: I'm a Mocker
 
Actually that was Ringo's line.
 h8rhater wrote:
Just don't go singing this in a British bath house when there are Mods around.

 
Little Known Fact: Mods and Rockers often jumped ship
Reporter: Mr Lennon, are you a Mod or a Rocker?
John: I'm a Mocker
Just don't go singing this in a British bath house when there are Mods around.
rock a billy !
Gene was in the taxi that killed Eddie Cochran in a car crash. Gene only suffered a broken leg: the ruptured stomach ulcer that killed him was later.
Classic!
{#Devil_pimp} love the version by jeff beck and the playboys
That drummer must have loved this song...
I was born in 1956!

Too bad my parents were too square to dig this..... 
 TerryS wrote:
In 1968 Gene Vincent tried to shoot Gary Glitter.  From reports of subsequent events one can only assume it's too bad he missed,.
 I used to drink in a pub where the barman claimed to have seen Gene take a leak, only noteworthy because Gene was still standing at the bar. 
NB: This is real rock.

 
Great story!
In 1968 Gene Vincent tried to shoot Gary Glitter.  From reports of subsequent events one can only assume it's too bad he missed,.
 I used to drink in a pub where the barman claimed to have seen Gene take a leak, only noteworthy because Gene was still standing at the bar. 
NB: This is real rock.
Like all groundbreaking tunes, it's hard to realize how this did NOT fit with the usual flow. Ballsy, different, and inspirational.
gives ya chills 
SO totally fresh, cool, and cutting edge for 1956! Love it!
Listen closely class. This is what Rock and Roll can be. Notice how more than 60 years later it does not sound the least bit dated. Still as badazz as ever. 
 Pedro1874 wrote:
Soooooooooo good and still gets me going!  One of the first 78's I ever bought {#Good-vibes} {#Sunny}

 
Gosh Grandpa - What's a "78"?
{#Wink}
Ok, Ok, I know what they are, but I didn't come along until 45's were all the rage!! 

I was a little after Mr. Vincent's time, but I still like it - gets an 8 from this young whipper-snapper 
So far ahead....That Tremelo...
Godlike !
 
Nice follow-up to Freddie riding around on his motorbike...
Sounds like the Stan Freberg "Heartbreak Hotel" parody! (Of course, I remember this one from "the day.")
sounds too much like gene vincent i love gene vincent i'll give it a 10
Yeah...I was a Be Boppin' in high school to this....what a trip!
Awesome and Influential
{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}
Soooooooooo good and still gets me going!  One of the first 78's I ever bought {#Good-vibes} {#Sunny}
Always makes me dance. Love this!


{#Dancingbanana}
Sounds to much like Elvis, I hate Elvis, I'll give it a 2
i'm dancing!
 maineeclectic wrote:


West Coast, So. Cal - you bet!  Great dance tune.

 
KRLA, KFWB, KHJ,  ROCK ON......
 kingart wrote:

Gee, I know what you mean. The quintessential. The headwaters. Protoplasm. The origin of the species. 
Do you think, however, that since "ground zero" has taken on, or been given, an altogether different reference by the branding propagandist media types, you might opt for an alternate metaphor next time? 
 

 

If they have, then why not take the term back?


 kingart wrote:

Gee, I know what you mean. The quintessential. The headwaters. Protoplasm. The origin of the species. 
Do you think, however, that since "ground zero" has taken on, or been given, an altogether different reference by the branding propagandist media types, you might opt for an alternate metaphor next time? 
 

 
OH SHIT, right...because nobody can use the term "ground zero" ever again after September 11, 2001.  Totally reasonable.  Carry on talking about music.
 neuticle wrote:
ground zero for rock n roll. Rock it Gene..
 
Gee, I know what you mean. The quintessential. The headwaters. Protoplasm. The origin of the species. 
Do you think, however, that since "ground zero" has taken on, or been given, an altogether different reference by the branding propagandist media types, you might opt for an alternate metaphor next time? 
 
Like the Louie Prima song "Jump, Jive, an' Wail!" that RP played last night from the same year, it is noteworthy indeed how this stuff opened up and illuminated some interesting territory for music to go into — and it did!  Long live ROCK!
 neuticle wrote:
ground zero for rock n roll. Rock it Gene..
 

Always gets me singing & dancing!
ground zero for rock n roll. Rock it Gene..
 lily34 wrote:
how can you not like this?
 
I don't know, but this, Elvis, anything similar always seems to get under my skin.   Just not my cup of tea, kinda like country music..ha.

I can appreciate those who enjoy this, I am just not one of them.  But, that is why I have a mute button.  :)
Back to the start! luv it
Wow...some of us "younguns" thought it was "Be Bop A Looba"

 Some schoolin happened today...
The real deal!!! Always thought Elvis was a poser...
Roots!  R&R wouldn't BE w/out this guy and a few others (esp. Mr. Berry).
Yeah, do it Gene.
Yeah!
 boober wrote:
Lennon loved Gene Vincent....the early Beatles did this song with John on lead vocals.
 

In fact, Lennon's cover on his solo Rock and Roll album is possibly the most faithful cover song I have ever heard - John probably had been singing it Gene's way since the first time he heard the song way back when before he was famous.
So is Be Bop A Lula the girl's name or just filler?
Classic!
Great song from one of the first rockers.
I must be a swanker, but when I break out in song, it's this one. Thanks Vince for giving us the vibe.
how can you not like this?
Listening to this is ok, but I was waiting for the Beatles and not even knowing it.{#Neutral}
 More_Cowbell wrote:
Is her name Lula?  Or is it A Lula?  and what does he mean by Be Bopping?
 

Maybe it means the same thing as whang dang doodle (all night long).
 RipVanWinkle wrote:
Just realized who Brian Setzer is channeling ... {#Dancingbanana}
 


Ok, I *know* Music *had* to go through this stage...but I've never really appreciated it much — other than the aforementioned point that Music had to go through this. Ugh... Not really worth a PSD or mute.
 Jelani wrote:
the very beginning sounded kind of like John Lennon..
 


I was born in the wrong year..ROCK -A -BILLY !
 Jelani wrote:
the very beginning sounded kind of like John Lennon..
  Lennon loved Gene Vincent....the early Beatles did this song with John on lead vocals.


Just realized who Brian Setzer is channeling ... {#Dancingbanana}
 Proclivities wrote:


There weren't very many FM radio stations back then (at least not in the US); the ones which did broadcast primarily played classical music.  Gene Vincent was played on the radio in some parts of the US in the 1950's, but it was likely broadcast by AM stations.

 
Thanks for the INFO..

My first stereo radio/record player....1964..I had one wheel to wheel tape recorder some years before that.

First FM broadcasting in Sweden..1947.


Just saw Gene in "Hot Rod Gang' the other night . Great stuff!

                     {#Arrowd}....{#Yes}
The opening, the trembling voice, the guitar work...........sublime.
Great tune...Dad used to come into my room on Saturday mornings singing this one after his coffee....whew a long time ago that was!

 Proclivities wrote:


There weren't very many FM radio stations back then (at least not in the US); the ones which did broadcast primarily played classical music.  Gene Vincent was played on the radio in some parts of the US in the 1950's, but it was likely broadcast by AM stations.

 

West Coast, So. Cal - you bet!  Great dance tune.
 HazzeSwede wrote:
Was this ever played over AM or FM back then ? {#Smile}
 

There weren't very many FM radio stations back then (at least not in the US); the ones which did broadcast primarily played classical music.  Gene Vincent was played on the radio in some parts of the US in the 1950's, but it was likely broadcast by AM stations.

Was this ever played over AM or FM back then ? {#Smile}
 caregiver wrote:
Born Vincent Eugene Craddock ... and that's Cliff Gallup on lead guitar {#Bananajam}.

 
Didn't know that. Cousin to Billy "Crash" Craddock.

Is her name Lula?  Or is it A Lula?  and what does he mean by Be Bopping?
Huh.  I always thought this was Buddy Holly.  Good stuff.
Another great classic, but just not RP
More Gene Vincent! More Eddie Cochrane!
Another of those wonderful guitar-solos i so adore ! {#Guitarist}
Born Vincent Eugene Craddock ... and that's Cliff Gallup on lead guitar {#Bananajam}.
And what Jelani said {#Arrowd}.
the very beginning sounded kind of like John Lennon..
 jhorton wrote:
Grandpa's music. Blech!
 
Get off my lawn, ya little whippersnapper! (Not actually a grandpa...yet.)

I always thought this was Jerry Lee Lewis
 gratefulgator wrote:
If I hadn't looked I'd have gone on thinking this was Elvis...
 
Same here, though I just caught the very end.

 jhorton wrote:
Grandpa's music. Blech!
 
Eh sonny? Can't hear ya!
If I hadn't looked I'd have gone on thinking this was Elvis...
 jhorton wrote:
Grandpa's music. Blech!
 
wouldn't a been no rock at all if they hadn't come first
Grandpa's music. Blech!
 redtex wrote:

The chromatic scale is a musical scale with twelve pitches, each a semitone or half step apart, a nondiatonic scale consisting entirely of half-step intervals having no tonic due to the symmetry of its equally spaced tones.

Are we clear?
 
We're clear that you're kind of a dick.
Cat was authentic...
Aaahh. Sweet Gene Vincent
I had the original 33 vynil of this and lent it to somebody who never returned it to me - I am, more than 30 years after still, VERY {#Arghhh}
Love this music!
the longer this plays the lower I want to rate it
 redtex wrote:

The chromatic scale is a musical scale with twelve pitches, each a semitone or half step apart, a nondiatonic scale consisting entirely of half-step intervals having no tonic due to the symmetry of its equally spaced tones.

Are we clear?

 
Only so clear as your poor editing. The misstatement re the chromatic scale was rbigelo's, not mine. I'm a bassist. I know better. Thank you for your kind attention.

 rbigelo wrote:
WonderLizard wrote:

There are few things so rhythmically stirring as that of a stand-up bass and it's player "walking" up and down the chromatic scale.


 
The chromatic scale is a musical scale with twelve pitches, each a semitone or half step apart, a nondiatonic scale consisting entirely of half-step intervals having no tonic due to the symmetry of its equally spaced tones.

Are we clear?

Elvis next...?

Maybe Bill should think to set up something like...
"RP-young"

Gene Vincent told Dick Clark to "F**k Off"! How cool is that? {#Yell} {#Ass} {#Roflol}
I believe I saw this one  circa 1950's ish at FarRockAway Beach.New York..I was probably abt 7 yrs old at the time...did nt have a clue.. was into Everly bros at the time  and ricky nelson and the diamonds....
WonderLizard wrote:
To my mind, even more than Elvis or Jerry Lee Lewis, Vincent embodied everything that greaseball rock could be: the swagger, the voice, the "two dabs will overdo ya.'" Besides, like the Crickets the Blue Caps used a standup bass for a long, long time.

There are few things so rhythmically stirring as that of a stand-up bass and it's player "walking" up and down the chromatic scale.




NOW we really are R.O.C.K.I.N.G hoop skirts/Pony Tails/sideburns/brothel creepers the lot keep it Rocking RP

{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}


 WonderLizard wrote:
To my mind, even more than Elvis or Jerry Lee Lewis, Vincent embodied everything that greaseball rock could be: the swagger, the voice, the "two dabs will overdo ya.'" Besides, like the Crickets the Blue Caps used a standup bass for a long, long time.
 
Yes a quick listen to this and you realize why parents were so shocked and appalled by that nasty rock & roll corrupting the minds & bodies of the young!

Easy to see why this drove teeny boppers into a frenzy in the 50's. Captivating!
 philb1 wrote:
Still a classic.
How about playing something from Ian Dury - 'Sweet Gene Vincent' from New Boots and Panties (superb album) is a tribute to his hero and would follow on naturally
 
Thinking the same thing. Didn't realize before that there is NO Ian Dury on the playlist. Need to fix that!

To my mind, even more than Elvis or Jerry Lee Lewis, Vincent embodied everything that greaseball rock could be: the swagger, the voice, the "two dabs will overdo ya.'" Besides, like the Crickets the Blue Caps used a standup bass for a long, long time.
 madaxeman wrote:
Dated!
 

Gosh, you really went out with him?

Seriously, of course this is dated. But it still rocks. A classic of its sort, and what lots of our current music is based on.
 Ntropy wrote:
Classic!!!
 

          No account of the history of rock 'n' roll would be complete without this.
Still a classic.
How about playing something from Ian Dury - 'Sweet Gene Vincent' from New Boots and Panties (superb album) is a tribute to his hero and would follow on naturally
rock n roll!
Dated!
Very cool!
too often overlooked in my book
Classic!!!
Gene Vincent was the real deal.  Great to hear this on RP.