Bad Boy (Larry Williams song)

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"Bad Boy"
Single by Larry Williams
B-side "She Said Yeah"
Released 1959
Format 7" single
Genre R&B
Label Specialty Records 658 (US)
London HLU 8844 (UK)
Writer(s) Larry Williams
Larry Williams singles chronology
"I Was a Fool"
(1958)
"Bad Boy"
(1959)
"Steal a Little Kiss"
(1959)
"Bad Boy"
Song by The Beatles from the album Beatles VI
Released June 14, 1965
Recorded May 10, 1965 at Abbey Road, London, England
Genre Rock and roll[1]
Length 2:21
Label Capitol ST-2358 (US)
Producer George Martin
Beatles VI track listing
You Like Me Too Much
(3)
"Bad Boy"
(4)
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
(5)

"Bad Boy" is a song composed and recorded by Larry Williams.[2] The song was recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California on August 14, 1958. The musicians on the recording included Williams on vocals and piano, Earl Palmer on drums, Rene Hall on guitar, Jewell Grant on baritone sax, Plas Johnson on tenor sax, and Ted Brinson on bass.[3] The record did not break the Top 40 charts in the United States.

"She Said Yeah" was originally the B-side of the Larry Williams single, and has been covered by the Rolling Stones and the Animals, amongst others. McCartney himself covered the song on 1999's Run Devil Run.

The song, recorded between 1957 and 1958, also appears on the 1992 compilation of the same name.[4]

Covers[edit]

The Beatles[edit]

"Bad Boy" is one of several Larry Williams songs which the Beatles covered during their career. Along with "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy", "Bad Boy" was recorded by the band on May 10, 1965 (Larry Williams' birthday), and was originally intended for a solely American release; however, "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" featured on the British Help! album that year. "Bad Boy" was first released on Beatles VI in June 1965. It eventually got a UK release on A Collection of Beatles Oldies in December 1966.[5] It is also available on the 1988 release, Past Masters, Volume One.

Personnel[edit]

Other covers[edit]

The Canadian progressive rock band Rush featured "Bad Boy" in a Led Zeppelin–type arrangement during their early live shows. The Cleveland bootleg New in Town features the song, as well as an extended solo from guitarist Alex Lifeson. Vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee introduces the song as being from the Beatles VI album. After 1974, the group no longer performed the song live.

The song appears on the Cowboy Junkies first live album 200 More Miles: Live Performances 1985-1994 as a hidden track (not listed on the CD package).[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frontani, Micheal (2009). The Beatles: Image and the Media. p. 114. ISBN 1604731567. 
  2. ^ Art Neville, Cyril Neville, and David Ritz, The Brothers (Little, Brown and Company, 2000), 68.
  3. ^ Williams, Larry, ‘’Larry Williams: Bad Boy’’ Legends of Specialty Series, Specialty Records Inc., liner notes, 1989
  4. ^ Vladimir Bogdanov, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, and Chris Woodstra, All Music Guide: The Experts Guide to the Best Recordings (Backbeat Books, 2001), 443.
  5. ^ Keith Badman and Barry Miles, The Beatles Diary: The Beatles Years (Omnibus Press, 2001), 248.
  6. ^ "Cowboy Junkies Cover Songs". www.coversproject.com. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

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