Talk:Be-Bop-A-Lula

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Authorship of the song[edit]

My father was Sheriff Tex Davis, and I'd like to clear up some history here. The song, "Be-Bop-a-Lula," started out as "Lulu Likes to Bop." Dad was always crazy about the name Lulu. Why, I have no idea. As he and Gene worked on it over about a 30 minute time period or so, it transformed into "Bopping Lulu," then "Be Bopping Lulu," and as Gene finally slurred it with his singing, "Be-Bop-a-Lula." That is where the song came from. Revision 172354959 by 66.12.102.113, 21:34, 18 November 2007

The above (unsigned) comment is fascinating information, but the problem is that other sources contradict it - for example, [1], which directly quotes Gene Vincent as stating: "I was in the Naval Hospital, actually I was crippled up; I just had a hit [wound] in Korea. My mother said to me: "Son, why don’t you enter this contest?" I said, what bloody contest, what are you talking about? She said, why don’t you record something. So I recorded a thing that I wrote. I come in dead drunk and stumbled over the bed. And me and [fellow hospital patient] Don Graves were looking at this bloody book; it was called "Little Lulu". And I said, "Hell, man, it’s bebopalulu." And he said, "Yeah, man, swinging." And we wrote this song. And some man came to hear it … named Sheriff Tex Davis, and he bought the song from Donald Graves for $25, $25 dollars! So I recorded the song and told all my friends that I was going to get a Cadillac; cause all rock and roll singers had Cadillacs." Ghmyrtle (talk) 23:04, 18 November 2007 (UTC)