Wee Wee Hours
|"Wee Wee Hours"|
|Single by Chuck Berry|
|Format||10" 78 rpm & 7" 45 rpm record|
May 21, 1955
|Producer(s)||Leonard Chess, Phil Chess|
|Chuck Berry singles chronology|
"Wee Wee Hours" is a song composed and recorded by Chuck Berry in 1955. Originally released as the B-side of Berry's first single "Maybellene", it went on to become a hit, reaching #10 in the Billboard R&B chart.
The song is a twelve-bar blues that has been described as "a slow, sensuous blues featuring some exceptional piano from Johnnie Johnson". "Wee Wee Hours" was on Berry's original audition tape submitted to Leonard Chess in hope of landing a recording contract with the Chess label. Although it seemed like a good fit with the record company's blues roster, Chess was even more interested in the song that became "Maybellene", the song that launched Berry's career as a rock 'n' roll star.
- Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Record Research, Inc. p. 41. ISBN 0-89820-068-7.
- Altman, Billy (1988). Chuck Berry – The Chess Box (liner notes). Chess/MCA Records. p. 5. CH3-80,001.
- "I wanted to play the blues ... But I wasn't blue enough. We always had food on the table." "Chuck Berry, 'Roll Over Beethoven'". 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Rolling Stone. 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011.