May 4th: On this Day (http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/)
1956, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps recorded ‘Be Bop A Lula.’ The track was written three days before the session. The song became a 1956 US No.7 & UK No.16 hit single spending 20 weeks on the US chart. In April 1957, the record company announced that over 2 million copies had been sold to date. The above performance from Town Hall Party in 1958.
Another story from Wikipedia:
The writing of the song is credited to Gene Vincent and his manager, Bill “Sheriff Tex” Davis. There is evidence that the song was started in 1955, when Vincent was recuperating from a motorcycle accident at the US Navy hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. There, he met Donald Graves, who supposedly wrote the words to the song while Vincent wrote the tune. (Cf. “Money Honey” by the Drifters, 1953). The song came to the attention of Davis, who allegedly bought out Graves’ rights to the song for some $50 (sources vary as to the exact amount), and had himself credited as the lyric writer. Davis claimed that he wrote the song with Gene Vincent after listening to the song “Don’t Bring Lulu”, and Vincent himself sometimes claimed that he wrote the words inspired by a comic strip, “Little Lulu”. “Be-Bop-A-Lula” is #103 in the list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.