Gene Vincent

Be-Bop-A-Lula

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When the early critics of rock & roll wanted to make a case in point for the sheer mindlessness of the lyrics, "Be Bop a Lula" made an easy target. Supposedly based on the Little Lulu comic strip, this rock & roll classic was written by Gene Vincent, a rockabilly singer who fronted one of the hottest bands in the country, the Blue Caps. Vincent's breathless, panting vocal made the inane lyrics seem loaded with sexual dynamite and an easy target for outraged moralists nationwide. Taken at a slow, bluesy tempo, the track was also highly charged with great slam-bang rhythm from the Blue Caps and a pair of skittering solos from lead guitarist Cliff Gallup, who was a massive influence on a young Jeff Beck. When later covered by the Everly Brothers (or even later in 1969 by Brownsville Station), the song lost all its sexual innuendo but none of its rocking power.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Bluejean Bop! 1956 Hallmark Recordings 0:00
Memorial Album 1958 Magic France
Gene Vincent 1967 Rock & Roll Heroes
No Image 1969 Capitol
No Image 1982 Capitol
No Image 1984
Various Artists
MGM / UA
No Image 1985
Various Artists
HBO / Cannon
No Image 1986
Various Artists
Front Page Records
The Capitol Years 1987 Chrome Dreams 3:00
Rockin' Fifties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:34
American Rock 'N' Roll Classics, Vol. 3 1988
Various Artists
Roulette Records
Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1956 1989
Various Artists
Rhino 2:37
Wild at Heart [Original Soundtrack] 1990
Original Soundtrack
Polydor 2:38
Roots of Rock & Roll [Huub] 1991
Various Artists
Huub
Top Ten Gassers of the 50's & 60's 1992
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1956 1993
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:36
Only Rock 'N Roll 1955-1959: 20 Pop Hits 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:36
Golden Hits of the 50's & 60's 1995
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:41
Be-Bop-A-Lula!: The Gene Vincent Tapes 1995 Jerden 2:40
Be Bop A Lula [Prime Cuts] 1995 St. Clair / Prime Cuts 2:42
Cruisin' with Rat Fink: Music of the 50's and 60's 1995
Various Artists
Nesak International 2:46
Alan Freed's R&R Dance Party 1995
Various Artists
Magnum 3:15
American Jukebox Country Classics, Vol. 2: Rockabilly 1996
Various Artists
Sterling Gold 2:18
Rockabilly: Life, Times & Music 1996
Various Artists
Life Times & Music 2:35
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '50s 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:37
Rockabilly 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:35
The Screaming End: The Best of Gene Vincent 1997 Razor & Tie 2:38
Hot Rod: Hot Rod Rebels 1997
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:34
Rebel Heart, Vol. 4 1997 Magnum 5:19
Greatest Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Great Hits 2:36
This Is...Son of Cult Fiction 1997
Various Artists
Virgin 2:35
Be-Bop-A-Lula: Roots of Rock N Roll 1998 Columbia River Entertainment Group
1956: A Time to Remember, 20 Original Chart Hits 1998 A Time To Remember 2:36
Gene Vincent Rocks! And the Blue Caps Roll/A Record Date with Gene Vincent 1998 Collectables 2:35
EP Collection, Vol. 2 1998 See For Miles Records 2:20
Rockabilly Essentials 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:36
Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll [Fine Tune] 1998
Various Artists
Fine Tune 2:37
Be Bop A Lula [Mastertone] 1998 Mastertone 2:45
Roots of Rock n' Roll 1998 St. Clair / Boxsets 2:42
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Golden Greats 1998
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:36
Be-Bop A-Lula: His 30 Original Hits 1998 Entertainers 2:35
The Best of 50's Rock 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:36
Hot Rod Box Set 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:36
Greatest Hits of the 50's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:34
Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:36
Hard Rock Cafe: Great Balls of Fire 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:36
The Best Jukebox Album in the World...Ever! 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 2:36
The Legend at His Best 2000 Collectables 2:36
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:36
Rebel Heart 2000 Magnum 3:27
Whole Lotta Rock 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:38
Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2000 Direct Source 2:39
Golden Classics: Lucky 13 2000 Golden Music 4:08
As Good as It Gets: Rockabilly 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:35
Greatest R&R Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
EMI 2:34
Forever Gold: Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:39
Blast from the Past: Gene Vincent 2001 Direct Source 2:41
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:43
Teenage Idols [4 Discs] 2001
Various Artists
Disky Communications 2:36
Rock N Roll Party Favorites 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:39
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 2:38
Essential Rockabilly Masters 2001
Various Artists
Big Eye Music 2:43
Party Hits: 50's & 60's 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:39
That's Rock and Roll 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:36
American Bandstand: CD 1 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:38
Capitol Records 1942-2002 [Deluxe Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Capitol 2:37
Hits of the '50s [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:45
Rock and Roll Generation, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Compendia Music Group 2:39
Best of Happy Days 2003
Various Artists
Northquest 2:40
Rock N' Roll Radio: Australia 1957 2003
Various Artists
Rockstar 2:42
White Lightning 2003 Hux Records 2:38
Malt Shop Classics [Columbia River] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:38
Rock & Roll: 50th Anniversary Collection 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:36
Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll: 1954-1963 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:35
The Rock 'N' Roll Collection 2004 EMI 2:35
Rock N Roll: Gold Collection 2004
Various Artists
Dejavu Retro 3:01
French Sixties EP Collection 2004 Magic 2:34
Roots of Rock & Roll [St. Clair] 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair / Essential Records 2:38
Dance to the Bop 2004 EMI Music Distribution 2:36
More Happy Days '50s and '60s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:36
Absolutely the Best of the Fifties 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:36
Jukebox Goodies 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:37
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Lipstick on Your Collar: 62 Vintage Jukebox Classics 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:34
Massive Hits: Rock 'n' Roll 2011
Various Artists
4 Gold / EMI / EMI Gold 2:36
Good Vibrations [EMI] 2011
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:35
Salut Les Copains 1959-1968: Best of 2013
Various Artists
UMSM / Universal Music 2:34
The Greatest Ever Rock 'N' Roll 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:40
The Complete Singles: As & Bs 1956-62 2016 Acrobat Music 2:35
Great Gene Vincent 2017 Innovation 360 2:45
Absolutely Rockabilly
Various Artists
Delta Leisure Group / Music Digital 2:35
Be Bop a Lula [Bellevue Publishing]
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:38
Guitar Heroes: 100 Great Guitar Classics
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group / DMG 100 / EMI 2:36
Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame, Vol. 5: Leader of the Pack
Various Artists
Legacy 2:37
Rock 'n' Roll Hits [ZYX]
Various Artists
ZYX / ZYX Music 2:34
The Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:40