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Cliff Gallup


Cliff Gallup was the initial business lead guitarist in Gene Vincent’s Blue Hats. His stint within the music group was short, encompassing a lot of 1956 and about 35 monitors within the studio room. Yet for the reason that brief burst of your time, he set up himself among the most significant guitarists in early rock and roll & move, and one among the best rockabilly guitarists ever. His name isn’t well-known to the general public because he was a sideman to Vincent, the primary star. Most rock and roll fans have noticed his riffs on “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” if nothing at all else, and his quickness and dexterous creativity on numerous various other early Vincent monitors still dazzle. Gallup might be unidentified today hadn’t Sheriff Tex Davis, a DJ in Norfolk, Virginia, received involved with handling Vincent in early 1956, after realizing his well-known radio shows. Davis constructed a music group from local music artists, including Cliff Gallup, who was simply picked as business lead guitarist. The storyplot goes that whenever Vincent as well as the Blue Hats visited Nashville for his or her first program in-may 1956, maker Ken Nelson got arranged to get top program musicians standing up by in the event the music group wasn’t right. But, will go the legend, when Gallup ripped in to the lightning solos on “Competition using the Devil,” they understood they wouldn’t become required. “Be-Bop-A-Lula” and “Competition using the Devil” had been among the tracks recorded as of this preliminary program, and both got solos that showcased Gallup’s slithery shade, quick hands, and knack for wildly imaginative, unpredicted records that match. “Be-Bop-A-Lula” was the only real big strike Vincent cut while Gallup was still within the music group, as well as the guitarist’s skill was somewhat squandered once the music group covered a couple of pop specifications on the second circular of classes in June. Nevertheless, there have been still several possibilities for Gallup to strut his stuff on uptempo rockabilly slashes, like “Bluejean Bop,” “Jumps, Giggles and Shouts,” and “Leap Back, Honey, Leap Back again.” With “Be-Bop-A-Lula” a large strike, the Blue Hats hit the street, with Gallup primarily in tow. Gallup, nevertheless, had been 26 and wedded, and didn’t appreciate touring. He offered his notice within the fall. Luckily, Ken Nelson asked Gallup to come quickly to Nashville for another circular of periods in October, as well as the guitarist performed business lead, although he was officially no longer within the music group. These sessions created greater than a dozen monitors which price with Vincent’s finest function, although they’re fairly undiscovered by the general public. “Cruisin'” includes a sensational skittering business lead, and it is a blueprint for the Stray Felines’ agreements; “Cat Guy” displays Gallup’s capability to step from intense high shades to growling, sinister low types; and “B-I-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo Move,” “Five Foot of Lovin’,” and “You Better Believe” are great cuts which Gallup, Vincent, as well as the music group crackle with rockabilly exuberance. Still, these will be the last Vincent paths which Gallup seems. As a incomplete outcome of Gallup’s lack, Vincent’s own design would veer toward the softer and much less thrilling after 1956. Furthermore to his skill being a picker, Gallup was at the cutting-edge of middle-’50s technology. He performed his Gretsch electric guitar using a Fender Tweed amplifier, and created the reverb which has become associated with very much classic rockabilly through the use of echo products he built himself from parts from outdated tape recorders. He utilized a flat choose together with fingerpicks on his middle and band fingertips, using his small finger to operate the vibrato pub. It really is amazing a guitarist of Gallup’s extraordinary abilities hadn’t documented before 1956. Additionally it is amazing, and unsatisfactory, that Gallup became therefore obscure after 1956; certainly he had plenty of chops and inventiveness to thrive like a program participant in Nashville or LA, had he therefore chosen. Gallup do state that after he remaining the Blue Hats, Ken Nelson experienced offered him an excellent agreement, but Cliff switched it down. He do make a single album for the neighborhood Pussy Kitty label in Norfolk, ALONG the Middle, within the middle-’60s. Based on the liner records for Vincent’s The Capitol Years ’56-’63 package set, this included “a combined mix of supper golf club and nation music instrumentals but included several tunes connected with Gene, including ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula.’ Cliff’s design had mellowed at that time but was still just as clever.” During his loss of life from a coronary attack in 1988, he was the Movie director of Maintenance and Transport for his local school program. Gallup’s playing, nevertheless, influenced numerous following guitarists, especially Jeff Beck (pay attention to the Yardbirds’ “Jeff’s Boogie”), who produced an album-length tribute to Gallup in 1993, Crazy Hip and legs.

Quick Facts

Full Name Cliff Gallup
Date Of Birth June 17, 1930
Died October 9, 1988, Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Profession Guitarist, Composer, Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Music Songs Be-Bop-A-Lula, Jezebel, Bluejean Bop, Jump Back Honey Jump Back, Gonna Back Up Baby, Peg O' My Heart, Woman Love, You're Beginning to Change, Race With the Devil, Someone's Gonna Get Hurt Now, Wedding Bells, Hot Time In Nashville, Mean, All Too Soon They Grow Up, Look What I've Got, Ain't She Sweet, Crazy Legs, The Girl from Ipanema, I'm Beginning to Forget You, Roaring Robbie Moore, Can't Help Loving You, He Made It all Possible, A Thousand Glasses, Think of Me, Jumps, Giggles & Shouts, Who Slapped John?, Up a Lazy River, Well I Knocked Bim Bam, Jump Back Honey, Lazy River, Lazy Liverundefined, I Flipped
Albums Bluejean Bop!, Before & After The Blue

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1 Died of a bleeding ulcer at his parents' home in Newhall, CA, in 1971. Unfortunately, he had no money left from his recording career and his parents didn't have the money for a funeral, so the city of Los Angeles paid for his burial.
2 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1749 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
3 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
4 Had a #7 pop hit with "Be-Bop-A-Lula" in 1956 with his group, The Blue Caps.
5 Interred at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall, California, USA.



WPC 56 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Planet 51 2009 writer: "Be Bop a Lula"
Nowhere Boy 2009 performer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula" / writer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
The Hangover 2009 performer: "Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine", "Wedding Bells Are Breaking up That Old Gang of Mine"
Telstar: The Joe Meek Story 2008 performer: "Temptation Baby" / writer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
Cold Case TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
The South Bank Show TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
The Singing Detective 2003 performer: "Important Words", "In My Dreams", "Woman Love" / writer: "Important Words"
The Experiment 2001 "Be Bop A Lula"
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary writer: "Be-Bop-a-Lula"
Paul McCartney: Live at the Cavern Club 1999 TV Special writer: "Blue Jean Bop" - uncredited
Pleasantville 1998 performer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula" / writer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
Jaded 1998 performer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula" / writer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
A Bright Shining Lie 1998 TV Movie writer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
Monella 1998 performer: "Be Bop A Lula" / writer: "Be Bop A Lula"
The Round Tower 1998 TV Series writer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula" - uncredited
Roadracers 1994 TV Movie writer: "Race with the Devil"
Rebel Highway 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
La vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-1978 1994 performer: "Im going home"
The Last Border - viimeisellä rajalla 1993 writer: "Be-bob-a-lula"
This Boy's Life 1993 performer: "You Belong to Me"
Lipstick on Your Collar TV Mini-Series performer - 2 episodes, 1993 writer - 1 episode, 1993
Quantum Leap 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Memphis 1992 TV Movie performer: "BE-BOP-A-LULA" / writer: "BE-BOP-A-LULA"
Drop Dead Gorgeous 1991 TV Movie performer: "Ain't That Too Much"
King Ralph 1991 writer: "Be-Bop A-Lula"
Maguy 1991 TV Series music - 1 episode
Wild at Heart 1990 writer: "Be-Bop-A-Lu-La"
The Delinquents 1989 writer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula" - as Vincent
Imagine: John Lennon 1988 Documentary writer: "Be Bop a Lula"
Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 1987 performer: "Be Bop a Lula" / writer: "Be Bop a Lula"
Sweet Dreams 1985 performer: "Be Bop A Lula" / writer: "Be Bop A Lula"
Desert Hearts 1985 performer: "BE BOP A LULA" / writer: "BE BOP A LULA"
Mischief 1985 performer: "Be-Bop-a-Lula" / writer: "Be-Bop-a-Lula"
Where the Boys Are 1984 writer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary performer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula" - uncredited / writer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula" - uncredited
The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 "Be-Bob-A-Lula" / performer: "Be-Bob-A-Lula"
Going Steady 1979 writer: "Be Bop a Lula"
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special performer: "Dance to the Bop"
The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars 1978 TV Movie writer: "Be Bop a Lula"
Summer in the City 1971 performer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula" / writer: "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Sing and Swing 1963 performer: "Temptation Baby"
Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! 1962 performer: "Space Ship to Mars"
Hot Rod Gang 1958 performer: "Lovely Loretta", "Dance to the Bop" / writer: "Baby Blue"
The Girl Can't Help It 1956 writer: "Be-Bop-a-Lula" - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

The Life and Times of Gene Vincent 2016 Documentary stock music



Tête de bois et tendres années 1965 TV Series Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1961-1964 TV Series Himself
Five O'Clock Club 1964 TV Series Himself - Guest
Whole Lotta Shakin 1964 TV Movie Himself
Sing and Swing 1963 Himself
Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! 1962 Himself
Boy Meets Girls 1959-1960 TV Series Himself
Hot Rod Gang 1958 Himself (bandleader)
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1957 TV Series Himself
The Girl Can't Help It 1956 Himself (uncredited)
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1956 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind 2014 TV Movie Himself
George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2011 Documentary Himself
I Was There: When the Beatles Played the Cavern 2011 Documentary Himself
Hollywood Rocks 'N' Rolls in the 50's 1999 Video documentary Himself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1985-1986 TV Series Himself
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary Himself
Blue Suede Shoes 1980 Documentary Himself
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself

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