Sunday, May 8, 2011

"Be Bop A Lula" by Gene Vincent.

OK, back to the 50's: This young sailor met Don Graves while they were both patients at a Naval Hospital in '54. He wrote the melody and Don the lyrics inspired by the newspaper cartoon Little Lulu. The sailor's eventual manager, Bill "Sheriff Tex" Davis, bought out Graves' songwriting credits for $25 (!). He recorded this rockabilly classic in '56 with his group the Blue Caps, named after Ike's golf headwear. It peaked at #7 Pop, #8 R&B and #5 C&W. Covered by Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles and The Everly Brothers (#74 in '60). #102 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. THE first record Paul McCartney ever bought AND THE first song he ever heard John Lennon sing.

Yesterday's answer: "In Dreams" by Roy Orbison. His voice never ceases to amaze me. We just saw his exhibit at the Grammy Museum in L.A. - fabulous!

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