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The Blue Caps Timeline


1930

Cliff Gallup, lead guitarist for Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is born in Norfolk, Virginia.

1930

Jack Neal, bassist for Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is born in St. Brides, Virginia.

1934

Bobby Jones, bassist for Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is born in Greenville, South Carolina.

1935

Willie Williams, rhythm guitarist for Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is born in Millinocket, Maine.

1937

Johnny Meeks, lead guitarist for Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is born in Laurens, South Carolina.

1937

Paul Peek, backup vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is born in High Point, North Carolina.

1939

Tommy Facenda, backup vocalist for Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is born in Portsmouth, Virginia.

1940

Dickie Harrell, drummer for Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is born in Portsmouth, Virginia.

1956

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps record "Be-Bop-A-Lula" in Nashville. It is released as the B-side of the single "Woman Love."

1956

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps give their first live performance, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

1956

"Be-Bop-A-Lula," by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, enters the Top Forty, where it will rise to #7. The song peaks at #16 in the U.K.

1956

Bluejean Bop!, the first album by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is released.

1956

The Girl Can’t Help It, a comedy film featuring a cast of rock and roll performers that includes Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is released.

1957

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, the rockabilly legends’ second album for Capitol Records, is released.

1957

"Lotta Lovin'," by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, enters the singles chart, where it will peak at #13.

1958

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps’ third and final U.S. hit, "Dance to the Bop," peaks at #23 after he performs it on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1958

Gene Vincent Rocks! And the Blue Caps Roll, the rockabilly group’s third album – and last to feature the Blue Caps - is released.

1988

Cliff Gallup, lead guitarist for Gene Vincent and the Caps, dies of a heart attack in Chesapeake, Virginia. He is fifty-eight years old.

1999

Willie Williams, rhythm guitarist for Gene Vincent and the Caps, dies from an accidental gunshot injury at home in Bradenton, Florida. He is sixty-three years old.

2001

Paul Peek, backup vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Gene Vincent and the Caps, dies of cirrhosis of the liver at home in Lithonia, Georgia. He is sixty-three years old.

2011

Jack Neal, bassist for Gene Vincent and the Caps, dies at home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is eighty years old.

2012

The Blue Caps are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction dinner. Smokey Robinson is their presenter.

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