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Who the heck are the Blue Caps?

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced some more inductees for 2012, and I'm pretty happy one of them.. a back-up band maybe you haven't heard of...The Blue Caps.

The Blue Caps were the band for rockabilly pioneer Gene Vincent, and they're being inducted along with The Comets (Bill Haley), The Crickets (Buddy Holly), The Miracles (Smoky Robinson), The Famous Flames (James Brown), and The Midnighters (Hank Ballard).

I'll admit I never heard of the Blue Caps until I met Mike, my musicologist/guitar player boyfriend. He's a huge fan of  the Blue Caps' first lead guitar player, Cliff Gallup. And now that I've heard his stuff, I'm amazed by his playing as well.

Remember the song Be-bop-a-lula? It was Gene Vincent's biggest hit, and features Cliff Gallup on guitar. His solos are incredible, and he's influenced many guitar players. Brian Setzer's Stray Cats, Jeff Beck, and George Harrison all were influenced by Cliff. In fact, Jeff Beck did a whole album dedicated to Cliff. It was called "Crazy Legs" and came out in 1993.

An interesting note about this amazing talent..he only played with Gene Vincent for around a year. He was 26 years old at the time and was already married..and he wasn't interested in touring. He wanted to go back to his first job..as a plumber, and to spend more time with his family.

Listen to this song, and pay close attention to the guitar solo!


And here's Jeff Beck's version:






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02/09/2012 9:57AM
Who the heck are the Blue Caps?
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02/22/2012 5:27PM
What about Jerry Merritt?
Where is Jerry Merritt? He was a huge part of Gene's career, writing hits such as She She She Little Sheila and Born to Be a Rolling Stone. Plus he was an amazing lead guitar player for Gene on his Capital Recordings and the Town Hall Party Show. He toured with Gene on the Tokyo tour. He should be part of the Blue Caps, he toured as one in the nineties. Please help us add Jerry Merritt to the Blue Caps induction at the Rock n Roll hall of Fame.
02/22/2012 5:28PM
What about Jerry Merritt?
He was a huge part of Gene's career, writing hits such as She She She Little Sheila and Born to Be a Rolling Stone. Plus he was an amazing lead guitar player for Gene on his Capital Recordings and the Town Hall Party Show. He toured with Gene on the Tokyo tour. He should be part of the Blue Caps, he toured as one in the nineties. Please help us add Jerry Merritt to the Blue Caps induction at the Rock n Roll hall of Fame.
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