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2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The Blue Caps

The Blue Caps

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  • Year:
    2012
  • Inducted by:
    Smokey Robinson
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

2012

Robert Burke Warren

In the mid-1950s, everyone in the music business was looking for the next Elvis. Enter Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps and their massive hit, the insinuating, catchy “Be-Bop-A-Lula.” One of the first self-contained rock & roll bands, Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps would relentlessly tour America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, introducing countless audiences to the untamed exuberance of rockabilly.

Fresh out of the navy in the spring of 1956, Vincent was spending time at the Norfolk, Virginia, radio station WCMS, singing a ditty he had written—or bought, depending on which story you believe—called “Be-Bop-A-Lula.

2012 Inductees The Blue Caps

it’s mighty impossible to stand still when hearing "Be-Bop-A-Lula."

Smokey Robinson

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