These early Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps singles are just amazing. Gene Vincent was a crazed rockabilly rebel before there were ever crazed rockabilly rebels. Gene Vincent grew up in Norfolk Virginia and served in the US Navy until 1955 when a motorcycle accident crushed his leg and left him unfit for service. He turned to his old love, music, and started performing around the tidewaters of Virginia where a local DJ, Sheriff Tex Davis, took note. Davis took over management and assembled a new, better band, for Vincent. One of those musicians was an older gentleman by the name of Cliff Gallup. His guitar work on these early Blue Caps singles (he was only in the band for the first 18 months) lift these songs from great to spectacular.
We listen today to both sides of Gene Vincent's first single, released in May of 1956 for Capitol Records. It's the well known Gene Vincent penned tune, Be-Bop-A-Lula with the less well known Flip-Side, Woman Love.