Lucille (Little Richard song)

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Single by Little Richard[1]
B-side "Send Me Some Lovin"
Released February 1957
Genre Rock and roll
Label Specialty
Writer(s) Albert Collins, Little Richard
Little Richard[1] singles chronology
"The Girl Can't Help It"
"Jenny, Jenny"

"Lucille" is a 1957 rock and roll song which was one of Little Richard's international hits.

Released on Specialty Records in February 1957, Little Richard's single made number 21 on the US pop chart,[2] and number 10 on the UK chart. It was composed by Al Collins (not the blues guitar player Albert Collins) and Little Richard. First pressings of Specialty 78rpm show Collins as the only writer. Little Richard bought half of the song's rights while Collins was in Louisiana State prison (Angola).

Cover versions[edit]

As a rock standard, it has been covered live and/or recorded by thousands of artists including AC/DC, Status Quo, Wings, The Beatles, Sha Na Na, Mud, The Hollies, The Animals, Paul McCartney, Van Halen, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Winter, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Peter & Gordon, Queen, Deep Purple, the Ian Gillan Band, The Everly Brothers, Bill Haley & His Comets, Otis Redding, The Sonics, John Entwistle of The Who, and the Detroit band The Rockets. It was also covered by Status Quo as part of their Anniversary Waltz, Pt. 1. John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang the song together during a jam session in 1974, which can be heard on the bootleg A Toot and a Snore in '74, marking the only known occasion where the former songwriting team performed together after the bitter break up of The Beatles.

The Beatles cover versions[edit]

Recorded live at the BBC on September 3rd, 1963 (aired: September 17th, 1963) for Pop Go The Beatles #14

Recorded live at the BBC on September 7th, 1963 (aired: October 5th, 1963) for Saturday Club's 5th Birthday Edition



The song is ranked 670th on Dave Marsh's list of The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made.[3]

Waylon Jennings[edit]

"Lucille (You Won't Do Daddy's Will)"
Single by Waylon Jennings
from the album It's Only Rock & Roll
Released 1983
Genre Country
Label RCA
Producer(s) Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings singles chronology
"(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay"
"Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will)"
"Leave Them Boys Alone"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 4
Preceded by
"You Take Me for Granted"
by Merle Haggard
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

June 4, 1983 by Waylon Jennings
Succeeded by
"Our Love Is on the Faultline"
by Crystal Gayle


  1. ^ Maury Dean, Rock 'n' Roll Gold Rush: A Singles Un-Cyclopedia (Algora Publishing, 2003), 77.
  2. ^ Jay Warner, On this Day in Black Music History (Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006), 84.
  3. ^ Dave Marsh, The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made (Da Capo Press, 1999), 431.

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