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Subject: Be-Bop-A-Lula, Dickie Harrell Gone at 82

Written By: LyricBoy on 06/01/23 at 5:35 am

Legendary rockabilly drummer Dickie Harrell, who at the age of 15 played the awesome drum parts (and background scream) of Be-Bop-A-Lula with Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, has set down his sticks at 82. :\'(

Harrell brought a wild and unique style to his performances, including standing up while drumming. On the group’s biggest hit, 1956’s “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” which reached No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard pop music chart. It’s him behind the iconic (and spontaneous) howl during the track’s 37-second mark.…

“When the Stray Cats would perform in town they would actually go to Dickie’s house in Portsmouth and hang out with Dickie. Dickie would say ‘they didn’t call or anything, I just get a knock at the door and it’s the Stray Cats’ … he remained friends with those folks for a very long time and was such a genuine person and I think that really struck a chord with those musicians.”

remembered him well. When they’d come to Virginia Beach or Portsmouth and perform live they’d give him a shout out. They would always welcome him in style backstage. He was revered by the greatest musicians in rock ‘n’ roll, but he was very humble and would downplay that sort of thing,”


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