Be Bop A Lula – 24K Gold Music Shows
There are many questions that come to mind when you think about this song. What does “Be-Bop-A-Lula mean? It would be hard to say because of this next question: Who wrote their song? It is said that Gene Vincent’s manager Bill Davis bought the rights to the song from the original writer, Donald Graves. It is widely told that Gene and Donald wrote the song while Gene was recovering from a motorcycle accident but Davis ends up getting the billing on the recording. Of course that brings up the next question: How much did he pay for it? Over the years the amount has been said to be $50.00, but that is questionable at best! So what does “Be-Bop-A-Lula” mean? No one knows for sure. Some say it comes from the cartoon, Little Lulu. Some say it comes from jazz where you will hear similar phrases added to the music. And still yet, some say it is from Latin American influence of “Arriba! Arriba!” that bandleaders would often call out.
One well-known fact about “Be-Bop-A-Lula” is that the song features a couple of screams from band member and drummer, Dickie Harrel. Electronic recording equipment was in its early stages and not all parts, musically and vocally were well defined or even heard when the record would come out, so band members would add a signature line or scream in hopes that their friends and family would hear them.
Despite all of the questions, “Be-Bop-A-Lula” was a very successful hit and it sold over two million copies. It is listed on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Hits of All Time.
Please join us for our fun filled cover version as the guitars take center stage for “Be-Bop-A-Lula”.