Dizzy, Miss Lizzy

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"Dizzy, Miss Lizzy"
Single by Larry Williams
B-side "Slow Down"
Released March 1958
Format 7" single
Genre Rock and roll
Label Specialty 626 (USA)
London HLU 8604 (UK)
Writer(s) Larry Williams
Larry Williams singles chronology
"Bony Moronie"
(1957)
"Dizzy, Miss Lizzy"
(1958)
"Hootchy-Koo"
(1958)

"Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" is a song composed and sung by Larry Williams in 1958. It shares many similarities with the Little Richard song "Good Golly Miss Molly".

Cover versions[edit]

"Dizzy Miss Lizzy"
Song by The Beatles from the album Help!
Released August 6, 1965
Recorded May 10, 1965,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:54
Label Parlophone, Capitol, EMI
Writer Larry Williams
Producer George Martin
Help! track listing

The song has been covered many times, including, most famously, by the Beatles on the 1965 Help! album (released as "Dizzy Miss Lizzy"). The recording was initially intended for the 1965 American album Beatles VI, along with the Larry Williams cover, "Bad Boy", recorded by the group on the same day. Paul McCartney has stated that he believes this song to be one of the Beatles' best recordings.[citation needed] It features loud, rhythmic instrumentation, along with John Lennon's rousing vocals.

The song was originally thought about[clarification needed] by band manager Brian Epstein, and was later introduced to Ringo Starr, the band's drummer. He made sure that the band recorded it after loving its upbeat rhythm and interesting lyrics.[clarification needed][citation needed]

Ian McDonald criticised the song as "an unpreposessing shambles of ersatz hysteria and jumbled double-tracking", saying it was "little better" than Williams' "drab twelve-bar boogie" original.[1]

"Dizzy Miss Lizzy" also appeared in a live solo version by Lennon on the Plastic Ono Band's Live Peace in Toronto 1969.

In 1965, it was covered by The Fabulous Echoes, on their LP album Lovin' Feeling, with the Hong Kong-based Diamond Records.

The Beatles personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). p. 154. ISBN 1-84413-828-3.