Episode 41: "Be-Bop-A-Lula" by Gene Vincent and the Bluecaps
Episode forty-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Be-Bop-A-Lula" by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, and how Vincent defined for many what a rock and roll star was. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.
Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Smokestack Lightning" by Howlin' Wolf.
There are far, far more books on Gene Vincent than one would expect from his short chart history -- a testament to how much he influenced a generation. The two that I used most are Race With the Devil by Susan VanHecke, and Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran: Rock and Roll Revolutionaries by John Collis. Of the two, I'd recommend the latter more.
There are many compilations of Gene Vincent's early rock and roll work. This one contains everything he recorded up until 1962.
And as always there's a Mixcloud with the full versions of all the songs featured in today's episode.
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[Excerpt: Ian Dury and the Blockheads, "Sweet Gene Vincent"]
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