Song of the Day: Gene Vincent, “Be Bop A Lula”

Rock & roll and rockabilly singer Gene Vincent would be 86 today. His 1956 hit "Be Bop A Lula" is an early and significant example of rockabilly music. It reached #7 on the Pop chat, #8 on the R&B chart, and #5 on the Country and Western chart in the US, and #16 in the UK.

24 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Gene Vincent, “Be Bop A Lula”

  1. HI JOHN, GUESS WHO? Yep, its Dolly! How are you? I’m getting better and should be back for Monday’s rock & roll. Just wanted to say hello and make sure you’re still rockin’ around the clock! OMG WHAT A GREAT POST. Be Bop a luba OMG I haven’t heard that in forever. When I was little I had a big brother that was 6 yrs. older than me so I got to go through two eras of music. MY bro’s and my own. I loved Junior’s more than my own I think, but I loved my own too. hmmmmm what a good theme that would be. Anyway, great Post today & cover up and take your vitamins. Thank God I only had the flu. Yep, my daughter came in to take me to the doctor and I was tested for Covid and the flu…. Covid 0 and Flu 1 – I HATE BEING SICK! YUK! ANYWAY COMIN’ BACK & SEE YOU MONDAY WOO HOO! My Cathy took care of things while I was gone what a sweetheart! SHE’S THE BEST~! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND – STAY SAFE AND STAY WELL!!!

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  2. This song is so Rock and Roll. One of my favorites of the 50s. That slap echo is incredible. I think this is what Lennon went for on a lot of his songs…the sound of his voice.

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  3. Hi John – it was one of my first ‘listen tos’ … but one that I enjoyed. All the best – Hilary

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    1. It came out in early 1956 (kind of like me) and was an early example of rockabilly. He recorded for Capitol records, which did a lot of country back in the day. Most of the rockabilly was on Sun, with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis…

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  4. I didn’t realise that was classified as rockabilly (never really nailed down that genre). It’s a catchy song that my Dad used to wander the house singing.

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