7-Inch History With GENE VINCENT Who Passed Away This Day In 1971

Great 7″ singles/sleeves/vinyl

12 October 2022

Artist: GENE VINCENT
Who: Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer born Vincent Eugene Craddock in 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia, US.
He passed away this day 51 years ago – on 12 October 1971. Only 31 of age, following a combination of a ruptured ulcer, internal haemorrhage and heart failure

Single: BE-BOP-A-LULA
Written by Vincent and his manager Sherrif Tex Davies
Released: June 1956

Anecdote: The title “Be-Bop-a-Lula” is similar to “Be-Baba-Leba”, the title of a No. 3 R&B chart hit for Helen Humes in 1945, which became a bigger hit when recorded by Lionel Hampton as “Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop.” This phrase, or something very similar, was widely used in jazz circles in the 1940s, giving its name to the bebop style, and possibly being ultimately derived from the shout of “Arriba! Arriba!” used by Latin American bandleaders to encourage band members.

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 doll
My baby doll, my baby doll

GENE VINCENT: Bio – Discography

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